Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New iPhone OS is cool...but not revolutionary

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch and you've plugged your device into your computer today, you may have noticed that iTunes has a few surprises for you. The first is that Apple's new iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS) is now available for all 2G and 3G iPods and 3GS and 3G iPhones. 

Sure, the new updates are pretty cool. You'll enjoy being able to set your own background (unless you're on an iPod Touch 2G, where wallpapers are not available), and also being able to effectively organize your numerous apps into cleverly named folders. 

However, the download time is tedious, taking almost an hour for users with slower internet connections. The real question will be whether or not it is worth it to spend an hour or more without your beloved iDevice. 

Ready to download? Wired Magazine has suggested the following:
1. Upgrade your iTunes version to 9.2.
2. We recommend you back up your data before running the install, so plug in your iOS device via USB and hit Sync.
3.  When you’re done syncing, click Check for Update.
4. Download iOS 4, then follow the on-screen instructions to install. And you’re done!
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