Apple has released the latest version of its iOS operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, available for download for your Apple device right now.
The update is a relatively minor one, mostly addressing annoying bugs and fixes. Here's what you'll get with iOS 5.1.1:
- Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
- Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
- Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
- Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
- Fixes an issue where 'Unable to purchase' alert could be displayed after successful purchase
Again, it's a small update, but it's ready for your download and we thought you'd like to know.
iOS 5.1.1 is the first update since the release of the new iPad, and also the first update following the March release of iOS 5.1, the long awaited iOS refresher that finally addressed the battery issues that many iPhone owners had reported in late 2011. Given the consumer silence on that front, iOS 5.1 appears to have squashed the battery-eating bug.
This might also be one of the final updates to iOS before Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in June, where the company has traditionally introduced its new edition of iOS each year. iOS 6 is widely expected to be one of the stars of this year's WWDC, though details on what Apple has in store are scant. (One guess/desperate hope: Voice navigation for turn-by-turn navigation in Maps).
If you already have iOS 5, and you're updating your iOS -- and you should, as these updates both add features and enhance your device's security -- you can do so without connecting your device to the computer. Just open up "Settings" and then go into "General," and then go into "Software Update," and you should see iOS 5.1.1 waiting for you. If you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and have sufficient battery life, you can go ahead and download and enjoy the delight of "improved reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut" (FINALLY!).
Below, check out a step-by-step guide (with super handy screenshots!) for how you can update your iOS straight from your Apple device, no cord necessary.
First, touch the "Settings" icon on your home screen.
Head into the General section of Settings.
Second from the top, head into "Software Update" to check for an update to your current iOS.
You'll see this screen if there's a software update (like iOS 6.0.0) available. Touch "Install Now" to get started, but note that, as of now, Apple does not allow you to update your software over the Internet if you do not have more than 50 percent of your battery or if your iPhone is not plugged in to a power source. You also need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network, not just to 2G or 3G.
Read through the Terms and Conditions, making sure to note all relevant clauses and licensee restrictions, and then touch "Agree" to begin the download.
After a restart, you will have the newest iPhone software! If you want to make sure everything worked as planned: 1. Go to "Settings" 2. Go to "General" 3. Go to "About" 4. Scroll down to see which "version" of iOS you are running. Above, you can see that iOS 6.0 is indeed installed on my phone.
You can also do Steps 1 through 3 to double-check that you're iPhone or iPod Touch does indeed have the latest software. When you go into "Software Update," you should see this screen if you have the most recent iOS.