One of the less advertised but best features of iOS 5 is the ability to update the phones operating system without plugging it into a computer and lunching iTunes. Apple advertises the iPhone and iPad as “PC or Mac Free” devices that can fully function and operate without a more powerful computer. This capability relies on the ability to update your phones software over the Air.
It has only been a few weeks since Apple released iOS 5 but there is already an update available. iOS 5.0.1 includes updates that are designed to improve the battery performance on your iOS devices. Initial feedback regarding the update is still mixed with many individuals feeling that their battery life has decreased since installing iOS 5.0.1.
Starting with iOS 5 it is easier than ever to update the operating system on your iPhone or iPad. The only requirement is that you’re accessing the internet over a WiFi connection. Once you’ve connected to a WiFi network follow the steps below to update your iPhone or iPad.
- Unlock your iPhone and open the Settings application
- Next, select the General option and then the Software Update box
- The iPhone will then check Apple’s servers to see if there are any available updates
- If an update is available it will display on your screen with details related to what is changing in the next version of the operating system. Click download & install to start the Operating System update.
- The download will start and display how long it will take to finish downloading and installing
- Once the download has finished your iPhone or iPad may restart and install the new software. Don’t be alarmed if it restarts twice during the update process.
Once you’ve updated your iOS over the air to the latest version you can check through the Settings app to see which version of the OS your phone or iPad is running. If everything worked properly you should see the latest version installed.