Apple’s Servers Start Stabilizing, Should Be Safe to Update to iOS 5

By , Oct 13, 2011

If you were one of the many people that tried to update to iOS 5 yesterday, you probably ran into a few problems. Apple updated and released an incredible amount of software yesterday, and the company’s servers couldn’t handle the heavy traffic.

When iOS 5 dropped mid-day, Apple’s backend got crushed with download and verification requests from users wanting to install iOS 5. Now, it seems that things are mostly back to normal, and you should be able to update to iOS 5 without a problem.

There have also been reports of iCloud not working, specifically relating to email. Apple has a status page for troubleshooting connectivity and syncing problems with iCloud.

Engineers at UK ISP AAISP told Cult of Mac that the level of internet traffic was “worse than world cup traffic” yesterday. The ISP engineers believe that iOS 5 and iCloud were to blame for “unprecedented levels” of broadband traffic in the UK. The company also noted that “such volumes [traffic] have never been seen before for a software upgrade.”

If that was what traffic was like in the UK, image what it was like in the US.

Almost instantaneously, thousands (potentially millions) of iDevice users started trying to download 600MB+ iOS 5 files. Many couldn’t even get the software downloaded at all throughout the day, so direct links were used to download iOS 5 at a faster speed.

Even if a user could get iOS 5 downloaded without any problems, Apple still has to sign the install with its servers in iTunes before it can be run. That caused more errors yesterday for users, with the iTunes “Error 3200″ message becoming a trending topic on Twitter. People could finally download iOS 5, but they couldn’t get it verified.

Today, Apple’s servers seem to be back to normal. Everything isn’t perfect, but more people are able to download and verify iOS 5. If you’ve been trying to get iOS 5 running on your device, try installing it now.

Let us know if you’re able to install iOS 5 today. We want to know if you ran into any errors or issues.

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  • jamesandyori

    Yesterday, to avoid a traffic jam I downloaded the iOS from the download section. Well it was a bad install the battery dies in just a couple of hours and the phone was hot after the update! So today I will do the install again the traditional way via iTunes!

    • Knoddix

      Well I know apples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think any rip Steve jobs and watch out Microsoft apple is climbling the ladder in leaps and bounds

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    • Knoddix

      Well I know apples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think any rip Steve jobs and watch out Micro$oft apple is climbling the ladder in leaps and bounds

    • Knoddix

      Well I know apples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think any rip Steve jobs and watch out Micro$oft apple is climbling the ladder in leaps
      and bounds

    • Knoddix

      Well I know @pples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think any rip Steve jobs and watch out Micro$oft @pple is climbling the ladder in leaps
      and bounds

    • Knoddix

      Well I know @pples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think any rip Steve jobs and watch out Micro$oft @pple is climbling the ladder in a big way

    • http://no.com Knoddix

      Well I know @pples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think any rip Steve jobs and watch out micro-soft @pple is climbling the ladder in a big way

    • http://no.com Knoddix

      Well I know @pples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think anyway
      watch out micro-soft @pple is climbling the ladder in a big way

    • http://no.com Knoddix

      Well I know @pples servers are definitely capable of handling a lot of traffic definitely as much as any other major software company now the fact that there were so many issues on day 1 of iOS 5 definitely says something about the popularity of the software giant don’t you think

  • Eddie

    Was having trouble last night. Tried it today and was still getting errors in the 3000 range. I disabled my firewall and it worked on the first time. I ended up doing a full restore but am now running on iOS 5.

  • Dylan

    Spelt imagine wrong

  • ddr

    Still telling me i’m not eligible to upgrade.

  • COO

    Disabling firewall worked for me yesterday as well. If you don’t know how to do that then google is your best friend. Just make sure to turn your firewall back on when you finish.

  • Lou

    I’ve updated to iOS5 and after the boot,i want to restore the backup,but after the “restoring iPhone from backup” window pop up,it start calculate time remaining to 1,2,3,4…..11,15.. Hours,with no visible progress…..any ideas please??? I don’t want to lose my contacts,etc…

  • Tyler

    It took five hours yesterday for me to update through iTunes and get the restore verified and everything, but it finally worked and I am running iOS 5 without any problems, and I must say I am impressed.

  • Paddy

    It will not work fuck off ! I hate it ! iPhone 4 iOS 4.3.2

  • Dardi

    i’ve just upgraded my iphone 3gs to ios 5, but now it wont activate, it says that the serve i temporaryly unavailable, even if i try to activate it trough itunes, i get an error. says we could not complete your itunes store request. error -9808. what should i do, i’m stuck ! plz help !

    • http://fromthemindofdan92.blogspot.com Dan

      Any luck with that yet. I also run a 3GS and am on the fence about if I should update yet or not.

      • Dardi

        naa nothing yet, i dont know, mine was jailbroken and have bb 06.15.. i dont know if that is one of the issues here..

  • Kikaida

    Not that I plan on updating to iOS 5 anytime soon, but is there a reason when I sync my iPhone 3Gs and iPad 2 to iTunes, it tells me there is a new version of iOS 4.3.5? Shouldn’t it say iOS 5?

    iTunes is updated to the current 10.5

    • Dardi

      push the upgrade button, you’ll see the change !

  • Miri

    Same problem here.Tried many times tu upgrade.No luck so far. Unknown error ’1654′.

  • Josh

    Oh Twitter was EPIC yesterday! 80 tweets per minute about the infamous Error 3200 and that BlackBerry outage on the release day of iMessage.

    PS: Bad timing, RIM, bad timing.

  • Samuel Cortez

    There’s no luck for me anymore,I have error 3194 and I have tried EVERY SINGLE THING:
    I have changed the hosts file.
    I have tried the TSS server.
    I have tried to turn off the wifi.
    I have tried to change The extension to hosts.ics
    I have already updated to iTunes 10.5.
    But NOTHING WORKS!

  • samuel

    samuel`s gear up his sniper and shoot the ERROR 3194 in the head then BOOOM. headshot

  • Ayush

    Is anyone able to turn on personal hotspot in iOS 5?

  • DrTricentric

    the MobileME move to iCloud isnt working here in Texas it just says the volume is to high and try again later it has been saying it since yesterday

    • Ayush

      Try it via iTunes, goto your iPhone’s info page and select – use iCloud for backup instead of – use this computer to backup!
      Your iCloud backup will be on now! ;)

    • Ayush

      Try it via iTunes, goto your iPhone’s info page and select ‘use iCloud for backup’ instead of ‘use this computer to backup’
      Your iCloud backup will be on now! ;)

  • Cindy

    I managed to upgrade my new ipad 2 after the error messages etc. but now the wifi connection to my home wifi is unstable. My ipad WILL NOT stay online. I didn’t have any problems before the upgrade. I have done the restore by pushing both the on/off button at top and the menu button at the same time. That seemed to help but not completely. Any ideas anyone? Is anybody else experiencing the same issue?

  • DebTym

    i couldn’t even download iOS 5!!! Tried a download link. But still, I failed. Been trying for 8 times . . it cancels everytime its in 400mb

  • http://itunes davlin

    Ive tried 9 times no go downloads but will not verify sick of it not only that but uses up my data it’s a great revenue raiser for the Telcos…….. lol……. they must be rubbing their hands with glee

  • Errors in update

    If i update in iTunes in iPod 4 g i got the error 3002 If restore the error is 3194 any suggestion

  • Thom

    I hate iTunes – why does it suck so bad. Nearly every function of it blows. Updating, restoring, transferring, syncing. iCloud better be easier to use that this hunk of crap.

  • Diamondshock

    I still get the 3194 error when trying to install iOS 5…