Beware: The iOS 5 Update Could Crash Your iPhone

Everyone knows Apple released iOS 5 today, but getting it to work on the iPhone 4 isn't going so well. Across Twitter and Google+, we've seen numerous reports of people's phones getting completely wiped or turning into plain ol' bricks

UPDATE: We warned people about the iOS 5 update, now see how fix iOS 5 by installing it locally.

Among them is Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, who tweeted, "oh oh… iOS 5 wiped out a lot of my data. back up not doing its thing." Om vented his frustrations on his blog here.

It appears that intense user demand on Apple's servers has caused the update to run slowly and even in some cases completely crash iPhones.

LAUNCH has contacted Apple for comment regarding iOS 5 problems. We will update this story if we receive a response.

A LAUNCH editor has been trying to install the iOS update on her Verizon iPhone 4 for more than two-and-a-half hours. In that time she has restarted the update at least 15 times and now is on their fifth time just trying to activate their Verizon phone and connect it to the network.

UPDATE: However, after installing the update the only apps that seem to be working are native iPhone apps. 

[ Cory Watilo, Posterous Theme Designer. ] To be safe users might want to wait until tomorrow...or the weekend before updating their phones.


Here is an example of the error that many iPhone users have been reporting.