New iOS Download: How To Update Your iPhone Software Without iTunes

11/11/2011 12:57 pm ET | Updated Jan 11, 2012

The newest version of Apple's software for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is here, and for the first time users are able to download the updated iOS for their devices without connecting them to a computer.

With iOS 5.0.1 (which was pushed out quickly to correct a battery draining issue with iOS 5.0.0), iGadget owners can update their software with nothing but an Internet connection and a little bit of spare time.

Below, we've outlined step-by-step how you can download iOS 5.0.1 (and every future iOS update!) without plugging in to your laptop or opening iTunes. You do need to be connected to Wi-Fi (not just 3G), and Apple requires that you have at least 50 percent battery power OR that you plug in to a power source before it will let you begin your iOS download. The download took about 3 minutes from beginning to end on my home's wireless connection.

Now, let's dive in! Here's how to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to the latest iOS without connecting to a computer:

How To Update Your iPhone Without iTunes

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