iOS4 iPhone Update Now Available: How to Download & Install

Now that iOS4 is available, here’s a tutorial on how to download the latest iPhone update in a few simple steps:

First, download the latest iTunes update 9.2 via the Apple website.

iTunes 9.2

Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB and open iTunes. Navigate to the “iPhone” in the left-hand sidebar and click “Update.”

iOS4 Now Available

iTunes will prompt you with a notification that iOS4 is now available. Click Download & Install to install it automatically.

iOS4 Features

The installation wizard will show you a list of features in iOS4. Click next and agree to the Software License Agreement.

You will be asked whether to create a backup of your iPhone. I recommend that you create a Backup so that you do not lose any of your data.

iOS4 download status

iTunes will begin downloading iOS4. Be patient, it is a 378 MB download.

iPhone Backup

Updating iPhone Software

From there iTunes will backup your iPhone and install the latest iPhone software update.

Look forward to multitasking, folders, customizable backgrounds and much more. Let me know how you like iOS4.

Rumor: iOS4 to Hit Between 9 AM to 10 AM Cupertino Time

A Twitter search brings up a post by razurianfly claiming the iOS4 update will hit iTunes in the next hour:

What Time Can I Download iOS4?

Text: “Expecting iOS4 to Hit Around 9:00 or 10:00AM Cupertino. Between 5:00 or 6:00PM London (BST).”

Razorianfly is the alias of Arron Hirst, a UK graphic designer. I wondered how he would know the release time of iOS4. After having a look at his Twitter stream, I found that he claims to have “a source, who I can’t name (for obvious reasons).” Time will tell if his prediction is correct.

Update iTunes Before Downloading iOS4

Be sure to update to iTunes 9.2 to be able to download iOS4. I just updated iTunes this morning, expecting to be able to download iOS4, but the iPhone update is still unavailable as of 11:55 AM EST.

When Can I Download iOS4?

If the rumor is correct, iOS4 will be available within the next hour. Will you be downloading the new iPhone update right away?

iTunes Gift Card Drawing: Winners Revealed!

iTunes gift card drawing

Congrats to the 10 winners of the iTunes gift card giveaway! I asked my readers, Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers to enter the drawing by telling me what one iPhone feature they would most like to see in 2010.

Find out who the winners are and what they had to say:

What one iPhone feature would you like to see in 2010?

The Winners:

  1. Paula said:
    I really need a way to lock up instant messages so no one else can see them when they are using my iPhone.
  2. Tammii92 (via YouTube) said:
    A feature id like would be, if you would have skype or something like that, u could video chat? with them instead of just talking like you would on a phone.
  3. Nick Rangel said:
    I think that apple should add a video camera to the iphone,Also i think that they should add a feature where you can change your backgrounds and app logos without having to jailbreak it.
  4. Mohamed said:
    I would like my contact folder to be linked to the Calender so I can set up meetings with my contacts without re entering the contact information.
  5. TheJunkMonger said:
    The thing I woukd really like my iPhone to be is an open platform and better battery life.
  6. birdman9564 (via YouTube) said:
    the feature i’d want on the iphone is for it to be faster..
  7. Joe Fishman said:
    I would like to be able to sort contacts by various groups or sub groups and have it be user defined.
  8. Pat Wolverton said:
    I want more frequent updates for the 3g,,, I know apple can do that, I want them to free up more apps,,, haven’t we proven our loyalty?
  9. BG said:
    I wish that I could have a custom background without having to jailbreak my phone.
  10. Jeffrey Hagedon said:
    iPhone needs a folder system for organizing and storing apps. I have over 300 apps and many can only be accessed using the finder. You need a very good memory to know what you’re looking for.

Thanks to everyone who participated and congrats to the winners!

Check out my top 10 iPhone wishes for 2010. What are yours?

Video: My Top 10 iPhone Wishes for 2010

iPhone wishes for 2010

I’ve asked my readers what one iPhone feature they would like to see in 2010, and the responses have been trickling in.

Here are my top 10 feature wishes, including some that my readers have mentioned:

  1. Increased SMS privacy. For a long time, Apple caused humiliating situations for many iPhone owners because of its SMS Preview feature, which interrupts you to display an excerpt of the content of an incoming text message on your screen. You couldn’t turn off SMS Preview, so an inconvenient or naughty text message would pop up on your screen for anyone to see. Read: How Has iPhone’s SMS Preview Gotten You Into Trouble? Apple fixed the problem, but I would like them to take it one step further and allow me to turn off all notifications for text messages.
  2. Locking native apps like Messages, Email and Calendar. I don’t want to Passcode Lock my entire iPhone, I just want to lock certain apps. Let me put a password on my text messages, emails, and any app I want.
  3. Delete native app icons from the home screens. No longer are the Weather, YouTube and Stocks apps the highlight of iPhone’s magnificence. I use more apps from the App Store than I use the native, rudimentary ones. Let me delete native apps from my home screen, they are wasted space.

    Ritchie Champagne says:

    I want to delete the stock and weak weather apps that came with the phone.

  4. Multitasking. I want a Google Latitude app that broadcasts my location to friends even when the app is closed. I want music from Pandora to play while I browse the web on Safari. I want multitasking on my iPhone.
  5. Better battery life. No doubt the main reason Apple has not enabled multitasking on iPhone is that it would be a battery drain. For that reason, I hope to see a better battery on new iPhones in 2010.

    Laura T. Rush says:

    Better/longer battery life

  6. Removable battery. The iPhone’s lithium ion battery will weaken over time, and you will have to replace your entire iPhone, instead of just the battery. Also, if your iPhone battery drains on any given day when you are away from an outlet, you’ll have to own a backup battery add-on if you want to add battery life to your iPhone. What if I could just pop in another battery instead. iPhone’s fixed battery is inconvenient, and an unfair way of forcing you into buying another iPhone. This is the reason some people don’t buy the iPhone, including my step-grandfather Virgil, who is interested in one but does not like the idea of not being able to remove the battery.
  7. A hardware switch for custom uses. I would like a switch to turn off WiFi, or to launch the camera or any other app. Essentially, I would like a switch that I can use for whatever I want… a Settings Switch?

    Itasara says:

    A custom button to add your own text sound alerts.

  8. Allow media downloads. If you can download songs, movies and applications from whatever sources to your Macbook, why then does your iPhone forbid you from downloading media to your device? Apple has too much control over my iPhone. I demand the right to download whatever media I want to my iPhone.
  9. An open platform. I don’t expect Apple to go ahead and reveal all the source code for the iPhone platform, but I would like the iPhone platform to be more accessible to developers so that they could be free to build apps that interact with native iPhone features. For example, an app that accomplishes functions like hiding text messages or putting your calendar as your wallpaper. A more open platform for iPhone would be very appealing.

    TheJunkMonger says:

    The thing I would really like my iPhone to be is an open platform…

  10. No more carrier exclusivity in the US. You don’t need me to tell you AT&T has made a lot of iPhone users very angry, most notably for dropped calls and weak 3G coverage. I would like to see Apple drop the US exclusivity deal with AT&T, and allow me to use my iPhone on any carrier.

iTunes Giftcard Giveaway

Let me know your iPhone wish for 2010 and I’ll enter you in a drawing to win one of ten $15 iTunes gift cards. Tell me if you agree with any of my iPhone wishes, or if you have an iPhone wish of your own. To enter, go here: 10 iTunes Gift Cards for 2010! [Comment to Win] Update: The giveaway is now over. Happy New Year and thanks for playing!

What is your #1 iPhone wish for 2010?

10 iTunes Gift Cards for 2010! [Comment to Win]

iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

Update: Comments are now closed. Winners will be announced this weekend.

Celebrate the New Year with a bundle of apps, songs, or a couple of movies from the iTunes Store, my treat to you.

I’ve gone out to the local Apple Store and purchased TEN $15 iTunes gift cards to give away to my readers on January 1. Just tell me your most wanted iPhone feature for 2010, and I’ll enter you in the drawing for an iTunes gift card.

I will personally ship the iTunes gift cards to ten lucky winners. Comment below, retweet this post, or reply to my YouTube video to win!

My most wanted iPhone feature for 2010: Multitasking (i.e. let App Store apps run in the background) — and better battery life to support it. What about you?

Comments close January 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck & Happy New Year!


P.S. Check out: The Most Memorable iPhone Moments of 2009

How to Get Album Art for Your iPhone’s Cover Flow

iPhone Cover Flow

iPhone’s unique Cover Flow — you know, the view in the iPod app that lets you flick through album covers — makes it all the more appealing to collect album artwork for the music you download.

Otherwise, Cover Flow will display blank album covers, which is way less impressive than having a full album collection complete with artwork.

This tutorial will guide you through the different ways to add album art to the songs in your iTunes Music Library.

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