Apple released iOS 5.0.1 today to address the battery life issues that Apple acknowledged last week under iOS 5.0 as well as other bug fixes and improvements. The update is available for download now through iTunes or over-the-air directly on a compatible device.
This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
Details about the security content of iOS 5.0.1 are available in this support document on Apple’s site. It’s noted there that this update also fixes an iPad 2 security issue revealed by 9 to 5 Mac last month where a Smart Cover (or other similar accessory) allowed limited access to a passcode-locked device.
iOS 5.0.1 is compatible with the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the iPad and iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th-generation iPod touches.
The update weighs in at just over 55 MB for the iPhone 4S (the download size for other devices may vary) and while this isn’t nearly as large as the iOS updates before OTA updates became available, it can still take a chunk out of your allotment if you’re on a metered data plan. So, you may want to wait until you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
After downloading the update, your iOS device will reboot on its own and apply the update, which put my iPhone 4S out of commission for about ten minutes. All in all, the OTA update feature is far more pleasant than the tethered updates of yore.