Should iPad 1 Users Upgrade to iOS 5?

by on October 13, 2011

iOS 5 was released yesterday and the web was filled with information on Apple’s new operating system for their portable devices. I’ve been tweeting a lot of them but thought I would do a quick roundup today for those who haven’t yet updated.

Should You Update?

If you haven’t updated yet and you are an iPad 1 (original) owner, like myself, you may want to think twice before the upgrade. I went ahead and upgraded but was supremely disappointed to find that the highly-touted multi-touch gestures of the new operating system DO NOT WORK ON THE ORIGINAL iPAD!!! I was really looking forward to this feature and immediately tested it out but could not get it to do anything. I then went out and searched for information–thinking I must be doing something wrong–and found the following:

Where Did My Folders Go?

To say I’m disappointed is a big understatement but the trouble doesn’t stop there. Upon upgrading to iOS 5, the update decided to get rid of all my folders. Organizing apps on your iPad into folders really helps organize the system but it does take a while to get it just right. Since I have 500+ apps, I now am faced with prospect of organizing all over again! Fail!

Wifi-Sync–Does It Work?

Another new feature is Wifi-Sync that enables you to sync your iPad without being connected to your computer. However, there is a catch. The iPad must be plugged into power! Okay–I’ll deal with that. I did a couple of regular syncs as recommended and then attempted the Wifi-Sync but was unable to do so since the iPad said my computer wasn’t available. Yet it was and iTunes was running–another fail.

What Do I Think?

I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t update if you’re an original iPad owner–that’s up to you–but it might be good to do some homework before upgrading. In addition, many people were not able to update because of the rush on Apple’s servers. Make sure you have installed the new version of iTunes-10.5-before attempting to install the new iOS.

As promised, here are many of the links I’ve found that will help you out with your decision to upgrade and then use the new operating system.

Finally, here’s a nice video tutorial from Techcrunch illustrating the major new features of iOS 5.

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  • Paul

    Thanks so much for this! It’s an important warning.

    Had to laugh over this, though. “I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t update if you’re an original iPad owner–that’s up to you–but it might be good to do some homework before upgrading. In addition, many people were not able to update because”

    In fact, you are saying to NOT upgrade. Indeed, if anyone reading your post still thinks they want to upgrade, they’re being foolish!

    Or, let’s put this another way. Are there any benefits at all to upgrading? Are they worth all the downsides?

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