iOS 5 release and OTA installation

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Q: Will the initial download of iOS 5 be wireless or a tethered download? My old slow laptop might not survive another update.

– Jeff

A: Unfortunately for your laptop, you’re going to need to initially install iOS 5 the old-fashioned way through iTunes. The issue is that the feature to perform over-the-air updates is actually in iOS 5, so you can’t use it until you already have iOS 5 on your device.

The good news, however, is that will hopefully be the last time you’ll need to update through iTunes, since once you have iOS 5 installed, future updates should all be available over-the-air.

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Jesse Hollington

Jesse Hollington was a Senior Editor at iLounge. He's written about Apple technology for nearly a decade and had been covering the industry since the early days of iLounge. In his role at iLounge, he provided daily news coverage, wrote and edited features and reviews, and was responsible for the overall quality of the site's content.