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How do i upgrade to ios 5

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    I, im a new ipad owner and some of my apps now say they require ios 5 n i hav 4.3 something, how do u upgrade and is it free to upgrade?
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    Updating your iOS device

    iTunes can update your device to the latest available iOS software. An update doesn't affect your user content or settings. iTunes creates a backup of your iOS device and then performs the update. Follow these steps to update your device:
    1. Verify that you are using the latest version of iTunes before attempting to update.
    2. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
    3. Select your iOS device when it appears in iTunes under Devices.
    4. Select the Summary tab.
    5. Click "Check for Update"
    6. Follow the on-screen instructions
    HT1414_02--check_for_update-005-en.png

    Note that depending on Apple's server load as well as your broadband connection, this update can take up to several hours (or it may be less). Be prepared to spend some time though.

    More here:

    iTunes: Backing up, updating, and restoring iOS software
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    Thanks for ur help i will try it now!
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    Yes. :)
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    I bought my wifi Ipad 2 last week, do I need to update it or will it be already updated. If so how often do I need to check/run update. Seems a little complicated to me (I am no techno).
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    Check to see if it has iOS5. That's the latest version of iOS. Once you've got that version installed all future updates will be completely automatic.

    Tim
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    Don't worry, just connect your iPad2 to your PC and start iTunes. It will let you know whenever there is an update, which there likely is for you for IOS5... You will see on the main summary screen on your iPad in iTunes that there is an update button. Just press it...
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    I am so sorry for being so thick, do you mean start iTunes on my PC. I assume I need the latest version of iTunes. I think it is 10.something.
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    Yes, absolutely. If you upgrading to the latest version of IOS you should always be on the latest version of iTunes too.

    You must have 10.5 in order to be assured of installing IOS5 successfully.

    You can check for updates to iTunes from within the program. Just check the menu items. One of them will be "Check for Updates", and the rest should be automatic.
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    Here you go:

    Apple - iTunes - Everything you need to be entertained.

    Click on these screen shots to see the details:

    Screen Shot 2011-10-20 at 12.32.53 PM.png

    Screen Shot 2011-10-20 at 12.34.15 PM.png

    Happy upgrading!
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    Dont it everything seems okay, lost a couple of apps but they were free ones not too bad. Only need to sort my pictures out now and my printer.
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    Glad to hear things went pretty smoothly. FWIW any apps you have, free or purchased, can always be downloaded again for free. More here:

    Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store

    Enjoy your "new" iPad!
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    Thanks Rich, whats FWIW ??
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    Sorry...FWIW is Interwebs slang meaning "For What It's Worth". ;)

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