How do I update iOS on my Apple iPad 3?By: Dave Taylor
May 22nd, 2012
You raise an interesting point about the design of the iPad interface with your question, perhaps inadvertently: things happen, often subtle things, and you're supposed to just somehow know what they mean. There's no help menu, there's no manual that comes with the iPad. The good news? I have tons of iPad help on this site, so you could certainly poke around here to learn a lot about how to work with your new device!
In this situation, you're talking about seeing something like this:
Right? You might well be familiar with the little number 'badge' from the or from the iTunes icon, to indicate that there are updates to one or more of your apps, but what does it mean when it's on the Settings icon?
The answer is as you surmise: it's an iOS (pronounced "eye oh-ess") update that's available. Make sure your iPad's fully charged -- or plug it in -- and that you have a reliable wi-fi connection and at least 20-30 minutes for the procedure, and here's how you can actually apply the update...
Tap on the Settings icon to go into the app and it'll show you what's pending:
As you can see, in this case it's an update to iOS 5.1.1. Again, notice on the left that there's a "1" associated with the "General" option, an unusual sight!
To proceed, tap on Install Now, providing you're fully charged or plugged in and have decent-speed wifi (it's often a big, big download).
Not so easy, cowboy! One more step:
You did read that closely and carefully before you tapped on "Agree" on the top right, correct? :-)
Yeah. I don't either. It's cool.
Tap on "Agree" and now the real process will happen, starting with a big download, then having the iPad verify that what it downloaded is complete and without any corrupt data or other problems...
Assuming it all works well, your iPad will now restart into an update mode with a progress bar. And take quite a while to update. Then it'll go black. Have patience and wait, after a bit it'll show an Apple icon again, and, finally, restart.
Once your iPad is up and running again, tap on Settings --> General again, and now you can see what version of iOS you're running:
About the Author: Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is internationally known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a strategic marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs. AskDaveTaylor.com http://www.intuitive.com/blog/