Everyone may be talking about iOS 5 like it's the second coming, but you might be wondering what the catches are. There aren't many, but there are a few reasons you might want to hold off on updating. Here's what the situation looks like right now.
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Don't get us wrong, iOS 5 is amazing — and if your hardware supports it, it's definitely an update you want to make. However, depending on your situation, you might want to wait a few days rather than rush into things. Mainly, you have two issues to be aware of: jailbreaking and the dreaded "Error 3200".
You'll Lose Your Jailbreak (and Unlock)
If you have a jailbroken device, you probably don't want to update just yet. If you do, you'll lose that jailbreak, meaning you'll be back on stock iOS without any of your jailbroken apps or customisations. If that's OK with you, then go for it, but if not, don't update just yet.
You can grab a tethered jailbreak for iOS 5 right now, if you want to deal with the hassle — but an untethered jailbreak is on the way, so if you're patient, we recommend just waiting a bit for that to come out before going through the update.
It's also important to note that a few previous jailbreak-only features — like custom text message sounds, better notifications, camera buttons on the lock screen, among others — are actually built-in to iOS 5. So, if these are among the reasons you jailbreak, updating to iOS 5 now might be worth it, since you'll get all those features anyway.
Everyone's Trying to Update Now, and It's Causing Lots of Errors
The other issue with iOS 5 is, unfortunately, its popularity. Apple's servers are getting slammed right now, which means many people are getting an "Error 3200" or "Internal Error" when trying to update. If you get this error, it means iTunes can't make a connection to Apple's servers. You can try downloading the IPSW yourself and updating, but you might still run into the error since iTunes needs to connect with Apple to authenticate your device. So, once again, if you're getting this error and can afford to wait, we recommend saving yourself a lot of time and hassle by just giving it a day or two to slow down first.
Overall, there's really no reason not to update to iOS 5. It's awesome. However, if you fall into either of the above camps, you have a pretty good reason for waiting, depending on how important the update is to you.