Expect iOS 5 from Apple Today – But When?

Today is the day so many of us have been waiting to come.  Today Apple is going to make public the much anticipated iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV.  The new mobile operating system from Cupertino has over 200 new features and having been a part of the beta since the beginning, I can only say it is nothing short of impressive.  Technically I and any other members of the Apple Developer Network are under NDA until iOS 5 becomes public later today.

The question is when will it go public?

If history is any indication, it should be at 10:00 AM PDT today.  That is traditionally the time when Apple flips the switch on release dates for iOS.  So that is roughly 6 hours from the time of this post – if they stick with history! :-)

What can you do in the meantime?  Here is a short check list of things you need to make sure you do prior to upgrading your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 5.

  1. Backup your iPhone or iPad.  This is done automatically every time you synchronize your device with iTunes
  2. Update your copy of iTunes.  Apple released iTunes 10.5 for both Mac and Windows yesterday which supports iCloud (but not iTunes Match – that will come later).  To get the new version just go to http://itunes.apple.com
  3. Update your apps.  In the past 24 hours along I have had over 30 apps updated in iTunes, almost all of which have had to do with compatibility or support for iOS 5.  This is particularly true of any magazines or newspaper apps that you have subscribed to as the new Newsstand went live yesterday.  Some magazines like National Geographic, GQ and Wired are already taking advantage of Newsstand and you can bet others will follow.
  4. Speaking of apps, there are some key ones that should be updated tomorrow if not sooner.  These would include iWorks for Mac and the iWorks apps (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers) for iOS in support of iCloud.  iPhoto should also be updated for iCloud Photo Stream support.  You will need to update these as well in order to get some of the iCloud components to work in iOS 5.
  5. Get Mac OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 through Software Updates on your Mac.  This will be needed to enabled iCloud on your Mac running Lion.
  6. Be patient once 10:00 AM PDT rolls around.  You and literally millions of others are going to be hitting the server nearly all at once.  Downloads will almost be guaranteed slow.  In some cases they may stop all together.  Be. Patient.  It may be tonight before you can actually get the new iOS loaded but you will get there.  Hey, you’ve been waiting since July, what’s a few more hours?! :-)

Obviously I would love to hear your thoughts on iOS 5 and the upgrade experience.  Post a comment here or follow me on Twitter at @AlliOSNews and let me know how it goes