Apple iOS 5 is now available for download and it comes with more than 200 new features for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. We will see in this tutorial how to upgrade your iPad 2 to iOS 5.
Connect your iPad 2 to Windows PC or Mac and you might see the following prompt about availability of software update for your iPad.
Click the Cancel button as we need to take backup of the content of the iPad before doing the OS upgrade.
In iTunes window, navigate to Devices section and right click on your iPad. Select Transfer Purchases from <YOUR IPAD> from the menu list.
After transferring the Purchases, right click and select Sync option which would take backup of the music and movies files. Then navigate Summary screen and click the Update button to start the installation.
The status of the software update will be displayed on top iTunes window. The OS will be automatically installed on your iPad after completion of the download. You can also manually install the OS by direct download. Click here for more information on that.