The good news is that after a day full of Error 3200, and other Error 3000 messages interrupting iOS 5 upgrades across the world, Apple’s servers appear to be broken in and ready for you to finally upgrade to iOS 5.
With any news, there is still bad news. Some users are still reporting the loss of apps when they upgrade. We’re working on a guide to recover your lost apps, but until then I can’t stress how important it is to take some standard precautions before you upgrade.
Before you attempt to upgrade to iOS 5, you need to read our 5 things to do before you upgrade to iOS 5. While you can pass on the cleaning up, you really need to make sure you have synced with your computer and have a valid backup of your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
If you are on Mac, make sure you have upgraded to the latest version of OSX, iTunes 10.5, and restart your computer.
With all of that preparation done, you can start the upgrade to iOS 5.
Here’s How to Upgrade to iOS 5.
Because Apple’s servers are not under heavy fire right now, you should be able to perform the upgrade swiftly.
Still it can take a long time to upgrade to iOS 5, so make sure you can stay where you are for 15 minutes to an hour and a half.
If you continue to get errors, you can try to install iOS 5 manually. You can download the files right from Apple and hold option on a Mac and Shift on a PC when you click Check for update. My upgrade failed multiple times using this method, with an Error 3002, so I held option and clicked Restore and completed my upgrade smoothly. I was on the iOS 5 beta, so that may have been a part of the issue.
If you are worried about these issues, you can always wait a few more days. Apple has been mum on the issue, so we don’t know if they are working on any small updates to alleviate these issues.
Now that Apple can push out updates to your device without the need to plug in, we may see smaller updates come more often.
If you have an iPhone 3GS or an iPhone 4, and are expecting the iPhone 4S tomorrow, you may as well wait. There’s no need to deal with these issues for a device you are selling or giving to someone else.