Apple releases iOS 5.0.1

Dan Moren
11 November, 2011
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Apple today released iOS 5.0.1, an update that the company says brings fixes for users suffering from decreased battery life under iOS 5. The update also sports a couple of additional features, including multi-tasking gestures for original iPad users and bug fixes.

Many users have noted iOS 5 resulted in a decrease in battery life, with some iPhone 4S users noticing drastic loss of charge throughout a day. A number of features were suggested as possible culprits, including a bug in iOS’s automatic time-zone functionality, location services and more.

Last week, Apple responded to the complaints, stating that it had found “a few bugs that are affecting battery life” and promising a software update to address those issues. Reports also indicated that the company was reaching out to users who had complained about the issue, and having them help test the iOS 5.0.1 update ahead of its official release.

In addition to the battery-related fixes, iOS 5.0.1 also brings multi-tasking gestures to users of the original iPad, hopefully soothing a sore point for users of Apple’s first-generation tablet, who were disappointed that the gestures were available only for the iPad 2 in iOS 5’s initial release. Apple also says that the update fixes problems with Documents in the Cloud—the file-syncing part of its iCloud service—and improves voice recognition for Australian users of the iPhone 4S’s dictation feature.

A few security vulnerabilities meet their doom in iOS 5.0.1 as well, including , which allowed an app to execute arbitrary, unsigned code due to a flaw introduced by iOS 4.3’s Nitro JavaScript engine. Apple also repaired a hole that allowed someone to bypass the passcode lock on an iPad 2 by using a Smart Cover.

iOS 5, for the first time, allows you to update your device without connecting it to your Mac or PC. To do so, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update and then tap the Download And Install button. As of this writing, not all devices are showing the update. Alternatively, you can still connect your device to your computer and perform the update via iTunes.

Lex Friedman contributed to this story.

Updated at 10:50 a.m. Pacific with information on the security content of iOS 5.0.1.


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  1. Rick says:

    Anyone with the original iPad able to use multi-tasking gestures? Said gestures aren’t working for me prompting me to double-check I actually had the right version. (I do — no multi-task gestures despite multiple oaths and incantations. Sacrificial virgins are so expensive)

  2. Jimbo99 says:

    Think about it ? A single core processor can’t multi-task, so anything pre iphone 4s and ipad2, the best you can hope for is hyperthreading and that will work the single core cpu to drain the battery faster. Those complaining most are heavier users, since they won’t cut back their cpu usage, the best any update will fix is to throttle back idle time usage.

  3. Fdo says:

    You need to activate the gestures from the settings menu

  4. Duncan Chadbourne says:

    I use my iPad 2 quite a lot for listening to Audiobooks, which was perfect until I upgraded to iOS.5 w and then the narration of these books suddenly came out at about twice the normal speed ,and with the upgrade to iOS.5.1, no change every other aspect of the machine is in my opinion ideal, thoughts please?

  5. Peter says:

    IOS 5.0.1 did not fix the quick baqttery drain problems. Apple – you need to test, retest, anhd re-retest your software BEFORE releasing any more bugs such as ios 4.0, and now the miserable ios 5.0, which was not fixed by ios 5.0.1.

  6. Ho says:

    IOS 5.0.1 did not fix the loss of SHUFFLE for my MUSIC VIDEOS that I had in all previous versions of iPhone

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