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BT said its UK internet infrastructure was pumping data at a rate of up to 80Gb/s more than usual on the night Apple released iOS 5. Wednesday, 12 October 2011 saw not only the debut of iOS 5.0 but also the highest ever volume of traffic through the telco's broadband network, which feeds not only its own customers but those of …

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Delta updates... we've heard of them.

But we prefer to make you download 600Mb firmware image for every new point release. It just works, unless your connection dies.

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iOS 5 enables delta updates

So this is the last complete firmware image.

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Stop

Don't worry yourself unduly. This is the last version of iOS that'll be this massive. All future updates can be incremental and done OTA.

So yes, Apple have heard of them.

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I humbly stand corrected

It only took them four years. I do hope they're better than their Mac OS X delta updates which after three or four in a row tend to go wrong and require a combo update (which would be the iOS equivalent of a complete firmware mage).

Yes, I am speaking from experience. And remember to run Disk Utility before and after to repair permissions.

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"BT said it had prioritised real-time traffic - Skype, online gaming traffic and video streaming, for example - on the night to prevent iOS download demand hindering other, more time-sensitive traffic types."

Jee don't do that, the net neutrality fanatics will have you in court olol.

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So much for net neutrality then!

BT decided that "your" IOS5 data was less important than "my" Forza 4 data, and thus prioritised my traffic over yours? How do you like them apples?

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RE: So much for net neutrality then!

Did they really?

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Ummm that is what is claimed in the article. My post was hypothetical though - given that I don't have an Xbox 360 or Forza 4 (hence the quotes around your and my)... I could have said "my iPlayer traffic" and it would still have fitted with the claims in the article. And it would have been just as incorrect, too, given that I rarely use iPlayer.

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Ubuntu

I think it's more than coincidence that it was also the same time as Ubuntu 10.10's realese. Surely that's a bigger install than iOS5.

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Ubuntu 10.10?

Actually, it was 11.10 that was RELEASED.

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Not just iOS5

There was also OS X 10.7.2. If you downloaded the slipstreamed recovery partition image as well, that came in at about a gig.

Also there was the new iTunes to support iCloud.

Then there was all the iCloud synching going on.

All-in-all I'm astonished Apple's systems coped as well as they did (which is to say quite badly, but it could have been a lot worse).

I was very glad I was on Virgin Cable.

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And more...

And I needed to update iPhoto to get the iCloud goodness.

I;d also been putting off the latest updates to iWork too. I suspect I was pulling 80GB/s myself!

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Massive leather traffic

If that kind of traffic was happening across the UK, and considering that it was a global launch, the data rates hitting apple's servers must have been phenomenal. No wonder people had trouble downloading it!

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Well, technically speaking almost nobody would have actually hit Apple's servers to get IOS 5, all but a few will have been served from one of Akamai's edge caches.

Running your own CDN is just daft these days.

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No Fruit

Plus even if you did hit 'Apple's' systems, they're not Apple's, they're MS Azure and Amazon's AWS

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iTunes poor design

2 phones , 1 IPOD = 3 required downloads from iTunes. Apple have some great products but iTunes isn't one of them.

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Cache?

Seems that Apple have completely lost contact with storage and network reality. iTunes won't cache, iDevices now seem to wipe their caches (previously stated as being suitable for persisitent on device storage). What's Apple got against harddisks and flash chips at the moment?

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Anonymous Coward

You could have saved at least one download by grabbing the firmware files yourself rather than through an iTunes update!

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@ K 4

Care to share how - or point to somewhere this is documented ?

I wonder why Apple don't promote this ?

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Hmm, doesn't really seem to have made much of a difference in the LINX stats though:

https://www.linx.net/pubtools/trafficstats.html?stats=week

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Easy, the downloads were delivered via Akamai, which doesn't go across LINX.

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BT: Spare Capacity

BT's idea of spare back haul capacity is the difference between totally rammed and most people asleep with their computers off.

At 9pm on a rural exchange I can't watch iPlayer without BT throttling me down to the lowest quality iPlayer stream (I have an 8Mbps ADSL sync rate to the exchange a few hundred meters away). No, I wasn't over my usage allowance either.

Bastard Telecom.

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wouldnt touch it

personally I wont touch ios 5 until the first couple of point releases and bug fixes are out the door. got a couple of friends who have experienced all kinds of nastiness during the upgrade and even after a fresh install. I do the same for OSX - wait. I'm not paid to be an Apple software beta-tester. I'm and end user thanks.

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Meh. Stop whingeing, you probably already do the same for Canonical and/or Microsoft, since they all ship updates over the wire. But I understand: it's Apple, therefore the boot goes in. No problem, carry on.

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Or was this...

... due to people calling Apple support using VoIP (phone device bricked due to failed update). 64kbps x 1 million people is already 64Gbps. OK, OK, maybe they don't all call at the same time, and yes the call centre probably has just a couple of lines, but still, it looks like there is not much bandwidth in BT's internet connection.

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RevK of Andrews and Arnold noticed a definite spike:

http://revk.www.me.uk/2011/10/apple-melt-internet.html

"Internet traffic last night from around 18:45 to midnight was at unprecedented levels"

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"BT said it had prioritised real-time traffic - Skype, online gaming traffic and video streaming, for example - on the night to prevent iOS download demand hindering other, more time-sensitive traffic types."

Which is probably why so many had trouble downloading iOS 5 first go ;-)

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The baaaandwidth!

So that's why it has been like wading through cold treacle this week. Pray excuse me while I go club some fanboys and/or their iShinies to death with a maul...

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Sorry

That was me. I was just back from holiday and had two weeks of new season TV to download!

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