Note: Check out an updated version of this post with iOS 7 and beyond screenshots and instructions.
Apple today released iOS 5.01 - a minor update to iOS 5 that includes:
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 1
As this is the first time for most people to be able to use over the air (OTA) updating instead of having to update via iTunes, I thought I'd post the steps to do the update.
It has the gear style icon:
Scroll down until you see the
General section: General
Assuming you've got 5.0 properly installed you should see a
Software Update item: Software Update Checking for Update permalink
The iPhone will ping Apple's servers to see if there's an update:
Checking for Update iOS 5.01 Download and Install permalink
You should see the
Download and Install option beneath the description of what's in the update: Download and Install Click here to see what's behind the Learn More option Terms & Conditions permalink
Hooray! T&C. Make sure you run it past your lawyer before you agree to install.
Terms & Conditions Connect Your iPhone To a Power Source permalink
If you aren't already plugged into something, it prompts you to plug it in:
Software Update Connect your iPhone to a power source while the download is in progress to save battery.
It took just under 2 minutes to download but your connection speed will vary:
Less than 1 minute remaining
It took longer to prepare the update than it did to download:
Preparing Update iOS 5.01 Will Be Installed In 7 Seconds permalink
Click install or watch it countdown:
Software Update iOS 5.01 will be installed in 7 seconds. Your iPhone will restart when installation is finished.
Depending on how many other Apple nerds are doing it at the same time as you, this could take a few minutes:
Verifying Update Restart and then Restart Again permalink
At this point the visual tour ends as I can't take screenshots while it's restarting and installing. But my iPhone restarted a couple of times with a progress bar both times. After the second restart/progress bar, my iPhone rebooted to a normal screen and was done.
A quick check back into
Software Update reveals that iOS 5.0.1 is installed and I'm up to date. iOS 5.0.1 Your software is up to date