The iPhone Update That Wouldn't End

I spent a good part of yesterday trying to update my iPhone 4. There was a system update that I hadn't been able to get for a while because it required 2.5 GB of free space and I only had 500 MB.

To make space, I deleted apps I don't use, which got me to 1.2 GB of free space. I had recently cleared most of the photos off my phone, but still have a bunch of videos. There wasn't a quick, easy way to move those, so instead I opted for temporarily ditching my music.

I synced the phone to my computer telling it not to sync the music, then waited. The syncing process took a full half hour, mostly during the backup phase. (Why so long?) When it was finally finished, I unhooked the phone and set it to pull the system update.

Another half hour ticked away while it downloaded the update, installed it, restarted and whatever the heck else it was doing. I used that time to create a new playlist on my computer for music I wanted to put back on my phone.

Once the update was finished, I hooked the phone back up to the computer to sync again with the new music playlist. Fortunately the sync was only a few minutes this time around.

It finished, I rejoiced, and looked at my phone to discover that some of the apps I had deleted earlier were back. Not all. Only about half. How does that happen?

Once again, I hooked up to the computer, unsynced the offending apps ("unsynced" is not a real word, by the way, but I think it should be), and rearranged the screens back the way I wanted them.

For all that work, I'm not sure what the new update got me other than a new app on the first screen called Passbook (which of course bumped another app I had there to a different screen). Passbook recommends that I download a number of new apps in order to appreciate its functionality.

I don't see that happening any time soon.

I always loved Apple for its ease; for the way it so breezily installs or uninstalls programs; for the usability of its tools; for its speedy updates.

Yet, today all I have to say is GRRRRRRR!

Indeed, sometimes wonderstruck looks a little more like flabbergasted.


  1. Ugh - I feel your pain. I am afraid to update now because the previous one wiped out everything. Technology, I shake my fist at you!

  2. I too have put off updating my phone because the last time I did, I had to re-install all my apps. There should be a smarter (read easier) way to update a phone. Are you listening Apple?

    Congratulations on perserveering!

  3. Yeah, me too with the fist shaking! So scary that it wiped out everything for you last time. Thank goodness I didn't have that problem!

  4. Thanks, Elizabeth! Crazy that with all the fancy shmancy things we can do, we still have trouble keeping the apps we want (and only the apps we want).

  5. I totally commiserate! The previous time I updated it wiped all of my music and most of my apps. This last time, I spent nearly as much time as you did on the update AND had to clear all of my music off in order for it to sync properly. Then I spent another 30 mins reinstalling my music. ARGH. So frustrating!

  6. I had a problem with my contacts getting wiped by the DOWNLOAD. I haven't even installed it yet. Grrr.

  7. OK, so right now I'm thinking, nooooooooo! I got an iPhone so it would easy! My next challenge is to learn how to synch it (read: backup) to my computer...


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