Instead of updating by running \”update, and then searching for the downloaded file\” option, you might want to play around with copying the downloaded IPSW file into the following location.
First, close iTunes (just in case!)
Second, find your Application Data location (this will normally be under c:\\users or c:\\documents and settings and then your user name. If your folders are redirected then speak to your network admin (although whether they want Apple Device Updates on the network is another matter!)
If you are not sure:
start a DOS Command prompt (start, CMD)
type \”set APPDATA\”
this will show you the path that you seek 🙂
Inside that folder you will find \”Apple Computers\\iTunes\\iPad Software Updates\”. This location appears to hold the downlaoded file, so if you have already downloaded the file, then copy/move it here.
I cannot prove the theory as the update is now over, but as the file names are the same, I would hope that when iTunes starts up, it will see the file and then proceed to offer the update instead of offering up the \”downlaod and update\” option – which at Corylus Towers (in deepest rural Fenland) takes a bloody long time!
- Backups are hidden away in your application data folders on Windows machines.
- Backups may demand 20GB, but then only consume a few MB, but even if they only need a few MB you need that 20GB free first.
- The backup before an iOS upgrade may remove all previous backups so that you have no fall back to iOS 4.x
- The backup before an iOS upgrade is necessary (and if you cannot do it – you get a warning that it is a risk), however it is not verified, may fail, and you’ll not be told that the backup is bad before the Upgrade continues anywa, overwriting your setup.
- Whilst Apple completely control the environemtn (hardware, software, app admission) their Tech Support says that in–app data or settings may corrupt a backup and make recovery impossible. And that’s not their fault, or their problem to fix. Apparantly it’s mine.
- some (like iA Writer, PhatPad etc) backup into the cloud with DropBox
- some (like Pages etc) can backup through the File Sharing in iTunes (although in my experience not all your documents are exposed and therefore available to backup under iOS 4.x)
- some will have iCloud backup after you get to iOS 5
- some have the means to email yourself settings or data (and I do this)
- some apps will store your settings in the cloud at their own services (Echofon, Feeddler using Google Reader for instance…)
- Paid for Microsoft support
- An upgrade to an OS that fails
- Microsoft support talk you through using Microsoft supplied tools to backup the system and implement the upgrade
- The upgrade fails and you cannot restore your computer
- Microsoft say that the failure is no longer their responsibility and that you are on your own, and wish you good luck with it.
I am now giving up viewing films on my iPad. I have a blog in preparation on the experience of a windows person with their first Apple device, but in the meantime, having tried to download 6 films to watch on flights, and had 4 fail with iTunes having to sort out refunds, i am giving up.
Either the iTunes infrastructure is no good for films, or the support desk is not good enough at *really* sorting it out.
In frustration, Peter
As a non-Apple user I’ve watched the iPad excitement from the sidelines with interest. This time round there seems to be a considerable wave of negativity and not just from the anti-fanbois. So what to make of it?
It’s my contention that the negative views are because those commentators and reviewers are trying to see it as a small iMac or a large iPhone/iPod. I think it’s neither.
I reckon Apple have learned some lessons on revenue for the future (especially from the app store) and are thinking differently. Despite not inconsiderable margins on the hardware; I think they are following the Polaroid and the inkjet manufacturers.*
The profit opportunity comes from content. If you marry up the iPad with an always connected world (be it Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G), then the device makes revenue sense, you tie in customers with content subscriptions, iBooks, apps etc and suddenly the sale of the device is merely the start of a long relationship between your bank account and Apple and its partners.
That my two penny worth.
*Polaroid sell films not cameras
*inkjet companies sell ink, not printers.