One of the teachers at our middle school sent out a reminder to teachers to connect their iPads to their iTunes accounts on their computer to make sure everything was up to date. I have to admit that I hadn’t plugged in for a couple of weeks, so I decided that last night was the time to take care of that. I had heard that IOS5 would soon be available, but I wasn’t entirely sure what that would entail. Before I even got started, I was prompted to update my version of iTunes, so I did that and restarted the computer and all before plugging in my iPad. The first thing I did when I plugged in was back up my iPad before agreeing to install the new OS. I didn’t want to get that scarey warning about how the new software might wipe out anything I had installed since my last backup. After that was completed, I crossed my fingers and clicked, “o.k.” to install the new OS. Everthing went smoothly, but the download and install took a very long time. I actually went to bed around 10:30 pm because the message telling me it was reinstalling my apps seemed to last forever. I woke up around 11:30 pm and made my way, bleary eyed, into the room where the magic was taking place. Sure enough, the icon for my iPad was there in my iTunes menu which meant everything had installed properly. I clicked to disconnect and unplugged my iPad, but I wasn’t done yet. I then had to go through another whole process of accepting the terms of the new software, deciding whether or not to use iCloud (which I really don’t fully understand), and some other things I don’t even remember. And my iPad was back and functioning. I haven’t really had time to research the new options available, but after reading the comments on Gary’s post, I’m relieved the update went smoothly. Be forewarned, make sure you have lots of time available when you go for this update. Happy computing.