If you've been under a rock, you may not know that today was the launch day for iOS 5 and the associated applications that go along with it.
Luckily, my upgrade process was quite uneventful and I had no issues, unlike some people on the net. By this evening, Apple's servers were taking a beating and people couldn't complete their iOS activations, which is required to authenticate your device through Apple. The usual amount of Apple dissing was going on, but I'm sure there are millions of people constantly hitting refresh trying to download gigabytes of downloads, so can you really blame Apple? Nah.
Frankly, I think apple should have staggered it a little bit more. At LEAST they put out the latest iTunes 10.5 yesterday, which is required for iOS 5.
If you want to use iClouds abilities on your Mac, you need Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion to take advantage of that. Sadly, my first gen Intel iMac was deprecated and won't run Lion, so I've downgraded it to my iTunes server (sniff, sniff).
If you want to get in on the fun, and haven't done so yet, I recommend you read some good stuff from around the net before you jump in with both feet.
- Apple IDs and iCloud
- MacObserver's iOS5 Upgrade Guide
- Stampede! iOS5 is Live!
- Macworld's iOS 5 Review
- Up close with iMessage
Courtesy of a post at GDGT, and if you need a direct download to the firmware files (Choose Wisely, young Padawan) you can find them in the comments section. They are direct from Apple, so they are safe.
At the end of the month Apple will release the iTunes Match - a service that will take all of your music and replace it with high quality AAC files. My wife calls it laundering your music. It's a $24.95 a year service, but seems like a good value to have your music in the cloud.
Now, get to upgrading.. And Good luck!!