Apple has decided to roll out all of its major updates and the launch of iCloud today, with iOS5 receiving the bulk of the attention. However, what should not be discounted is the roll out of OS X 10.7.2 which is required for full iCloud compatibility and iTunes 10.5 for iOS 5.
OS X 10.7.2 includes support for Apple’s iCloud service, which stores users’ email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List while automatically pushing them to all iOS devices owned by the user. iCloud can also be accessed on Apple computers, in addition to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with the goal help keep user data in sync across devices. iPhone users should update iTunes to 10.5, OS X to 10.7.2, and the iPhone to iOS 5 in order to get the most out of each respective update and iCloud.
One major caveat of today’s update rollout is the increasing incidence of failed iOS 5 updates for iOS device owners, with many users reporting failed updates after initial download, multiple device restores needed to apply the updates and an increasing number of users suffering bricked devices as a result of the failed updates and device restoration. Apple has yet to officially respond to those reports.