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Live Blogging While I Upgrade My iPhone to iOS5

(For the record, I’m using this MacWorld article as a guide.)

12:50 pm First I have to check: do I have the latest version of iTunes? (Go into iTunes, under iTunes in the top left corner, click “check for updates”). Crap. No, I don’t.

12:54 Begin installing iTunes update. Spend two minutes reading other things online while forgetting to click “install 1 update?” so I add about three minutes to the process.

12:57 Click the wrong button; close install rather than iTunes so I have to start over installation.

12:59 New iTunes installed.

1:00 Download of iOS5 starts to upgrade my iPhone 4.

1:01 If you’re curious about what the iOS5 offers, read about it here.

1:02 Wondering if you guys with Blackberrys that just had a three day outage are wishing you were me right about now.

1:02 Heading over to hang out on Twitter.

1:04 Checking progress. iTunes says 21 minutes remaining to download iOS5. This might be why.

1:10 16 minutes remaining. Let’s see; yep, that’s about right.

1:12 Feeling wistful about all the lucky folks headed to Blissdom Canada.

1:20 Nine minutes remaining. Wait, that doesn’t add up.

1:28 My entire desktop froze for a full two minutes.

1:31 iTunes “prepared” my phone to receive update, starting with backing up the phone.

1:33 Realizing I’m probably going to have to re-arrange all my apps again. PIA.

1:33 iTunes begins extracting software.

1:35 Computer freezes up again.

1:37 Preparing phone for “restore.”

1:39 Reading about Twitter’s seamless integration with iOS5.

1:42 “Your iPhone has been restored to factory settings. Please leave it connected.”

1:44 “Restoring iPhone from back up”

1:46 “Your phone has been restored. Please leave it connected while it restarts.”

1:48 HOLY GOD THIS IS TAKING FOREVER.

1:59 “Restoring music and videos” It’s officially been an hour.

2:10 Phone successfully restored. Now instructed to do some steps on the phone itself. Enable location services, pick my wifi, and now setting up Apple ID for iCloud.

2:13 Enabling iCloud, enabling “Find My Phone.”

2:14 And done! Phone is restored to my settings with a few changes thank to the new apps. Also, phone downloaded 125 emails from somewhere, have to go through those. iPod is now “music”.

Now, I’m off to play with my new iOS5!

One hour and fifteen minutes start to finish. Yikes.

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