Apple has finally released an iOS 5 patch that is designed to fix existing issues present in the mobile operating system’s initial launch. The patch fixes bugs affecting the iPhone 4S’ battery life and some security holes.
The iOS 5.0.1 update adds multitasking gestures to the first generation iPad tablet, which was absent in the initial release of the OS; fixed some issues with Documents in the iCloud; and fixes issues with the battery life “bug.” According to the update screen, the release also “improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.”
After the release of the iPhone 4S, the company’s newest smartphone, customers around the world reported that their device’s battery life is a lot shorter than expected.
“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple wrote in a statement sent to tech news site All Things D. “We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”
The new patch is also iOS’ first over-the-air update, where users can update their mobile OS without having to plug their devices into a computer. Devices are required to have at least 50 percent battery and are connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi connection.
The update is available for iOS devices that can run iOS 5, such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and third and fourth-gen iPod Touch.