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iOS 5.0.1 OTA Update Seems to be Working Very Smoothly

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Today Apple released iOS 5.0.1, an update to its latest mobile OS that many were eagerly awaiting because Apple claims it will fix battery life issues that many have been experiencing. It’s too early to know how will that works or doesn’t. (The update has only been out for a couple of hours as of this writing.)

But, this is also the first real test of the Over The Air (OTA) Update for iOS 5. Remember this is one of the new features in this new OS. So far, from my own experience and what I’ve been seeing around the Internet, the process of updating has gone quickly and smoothly. For the iPhone 4S, it reported that the update was 55MB. The download took a little under 2 minutes. The next phase, (preparing for update) took about 3:40 or so. After that I was prompted to install or wait until later. After choosing install the process took another 8 minutes or so.

So, from start to finish, the update took about 13 minutes on my iPhone 4S. It took about 9 minutes total on my iPod Touch and about 12 minutes on my iPad 2. Not bad.

If you don’t want to do an OTA update, you can grab the update via iTunes, but be advised that you’re getting the entire OS and not just the delta (or fixed bits) update. That update is reporting over 800MB.

Again, it is obviously too early to know if iOS 5.0.1 fixes battery life or brings any other real improvements. But I’m sure we’ll be hearing about that soon.

 

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

5 Comments

  1. Benjamin Roberts

    11/10/2011 at 1:02 pm

    Found a really quick way to get the 5.0.1 update directly from your phone (so long as you have an internet connection via Wi-Fi) http://bit.ly/iosfiveupdate

  2. greg

    11/11/2011 at 4:49 am

    i just updated this morning and it seems like the signal strength is stronger and battery seems to be  holding for now. att iphone 4s

  3. Anonymous

    11/11/2011 at 8:14 am

  4. Philpeterson72

    11/16/2011 at 8:30 pm

    I had ios 4.3.3 jailbroke iPhone 4 that worked great it was awesome, one day I downloaded a simple common app that after a day or so I no longer needed it as I found a better one which better features! Anyways I tried deleting it as instructed tried everything finally last thing I could do was install the updated iOS as it wouldn’t install my backup, so off I went and it installed 5.0.1 now I’m friggin screwed and can’t jailbreak it I love Apple my iPhone especially as well as my iPod touch past & present but this is a huge thorn in my ass! Just make an easy jailbreak but keep it so I can still get the benefits of 5.0.1 firmware, I know it’s coming just make it quick please, pretty please!

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