Earlier today, Apple finally released iOS 5.0.1 firmware to the public. If you have a supported iPhone, iPad or iPod touch you can now download iOS 5.0.1 firmware IPSW either from the official download links provided below or over-the-air using your device itself.
The release notes of iOS 5.0.1 don’t point at any new features, as we had reported last week. iOS 5.0.1 is just a minor update to Apple’s latest and undoubtedly the greatest iOS update of all times, iOS 5. This update comes with a plethora of performance and security improvements as well as crucial bug fixes.
Apart from that, iOS 5.0.1 also fixes the iPhone 4S battery drain issue which has been making rounds on the internet for the past couple of weeks. iOS 5.0.1 also brings improved voice recognition for Australian and restores multitasking gestures on the original iPad.
Earlier last week Apple seeded iOS 5.0.1 beta 1 to developers. Apple admitted that there was a major battery drain issue on iPhone 4S and that they were working on a fix that would be released via a software update. iOS 5.0.1 was seeded to developers to that they could provide relevant feedback. However within two days of that, Apple seeded iOS 5 beta 2 to developers with more bug fixes, and that last update seemed to have finally put an end to this iPhone 4S battery drain issue. A crucial security vulnerability has also been patched in iOS 5.0.1, a vulnerability which could use harmless apps for potentially harmful purposes. Thankfully, that has been taken care of in iOS 5.0.1 firmware.
If you’re already on iOS 5 firmware, you can get iOS 5.0.1 over-the-air. Simply open the Settings.app and go to General followed by Software Update. The device will prompt you that iOS 5.0.1 is available for download. Downloading over-the-air would be relatively faster as the file size is approximately 45 MB. If you’re not on iOS 5, you can use the official direct download links provided below to download iOS 5.0.1 firmware IPSW for supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.
Official iOS 5.0.1 Direct Download Links: