How to get iOS 5.1 without any cables

Apple's just released iOS5.1 to the public after months of testing. The release brings a few new features, Japanese support to Siri and a truckload of bugfixes.

The great news is you can get it now, without plugging your iOS device into anything. Here's how:

  1. Make sure your iOS device has at least 50% charge
  2. Connect to WiFi (You can't download this over 3G, sorry)
  3. Navigate to Settings -> General -> Software Update
  4. Wait for the fetch to complete and you should see the below
  5. Click install update and wait for it to download
  6. Your iPhone will automatically restart and apply the firmware. This takes around ten minutes.
  7. Your iPhone will reboot and appear to be applying again, this will take around five minutes.
  8. The update is complete! Easy!

If you need more information on the process, you can use the Apple KB article here.

If you're on AT&T, apparently you now have "4G" connectivity, which is causing a lot of controversy since it's untrue. You'll also notice the camera icon is now permanently on the lock screen and you can delete photos from your iCloud Photostream now! Let us know in the comments what you've found.

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Funny you all complaining about Apple articles when every two seconds something about Microsoft is posted!.

Unbelievable. Sorry but this is not the Neowin I grew up with, it's turned into Microsoft's personal recruitment site. Remember back when Linux, Apple and Microsoft got the SAME treatment?. <sigh>

Mike Frett said,
Funny you all complaining about Apple articles when every two seconds something about Microsoft is posted!.

Unbelievable. Sorry but this is not the Neowin I grew up with, it's turned into Microsoft's personal recruitment site. Remember back when Linux, Apple and Microsoft got the SAME treatment?. <sigh>

Been ignoring all the hate for Windows 8 then?

Just looked at the new features, got an ipod touch and looks like there's no bug-fixes or features added so why the hell bother to update?

I find it funny that you captured the 3G screen instead of WiFi. As if this article was written while you didn't have access to a WiFi signal. You probably want to update the graphic once you do.

jafoman said,
I find it funny that you captured the 3G screen instead of WiFi. As if this article was written while you didn't have access to a WiFi signal. You probably want to update the graphic once you do.

I find it perfectly sensical. It shows that you need WiFi to download it, which if he had WiFi on, would not show.

Do we really need 3 iOS 5.1 news stories in the last hour? - They could have easily been one... after all it appears to mainly be bug fixes and Japanese support.

lt8480 said,
Do we really need 3 iOS 5.1 news stories in the last hour? - They could have easily been one... after all it appears to mainly be bug fixes and Japanese support.

you seem to forget one of the reasons apple makes so much money is that they spend alot of cash on advertising paying website to write articles about them, hence why engadget posts new posts about every tiny crappy thing apple does even iphoto and other stuff.

torrentthief said,

you seem to forget one of the reasons apple makes so much money is that they spend alot of cash on advertising paying website to write articles about them, hence why engadget posts new posts about every tiny crappy thing apple does even iphoto and other stuff.


Or it's just that people care that much and the articles get that many hits and comments which also equals money, just not Apple-sponsored?

Oh, I like your conspiracy-esque reasoning.
Makes my logic look so fad...

I agree though that this story is indeed... Well... Not needed.

GS:mac

If you're on AT&T, apparently you now have "4G" connectivity, which is causing a lot of controversy since it's untrue.

That's funny, since the article you link to states the opposite:

...a testament to the fact that the 4S meets its minimum speed requirements for what it considers to be 4G service with 14.4Mbps downlink capability.

Anyway, the "4G" standard requires much faster speeds than the current HSPA+ and LTE speeds can do. Still, the networks advertise that as "4G". So you could say that what the networks are saying is "untrue" as a whole, I suppose.

because ios 5.0 added updating via wifi, this is the 1st update available for it so most people won't know how to do it or may even not know you can update via wifi.

torrentthief said,
because ios 5.0 added updating via wifi, this is the 1st update available for it so most people won't know how to do it or may even not know you can update via wifi.
it's not the first.

torrentthief said,
because ios 5.0 added updating via wifi, this is the 1st update available for it so most people won't know how to do it or may even not know you can update via wifi.

What BGM said. Perhaps you forgot about 5.0.1.
http://www.neowin.net/news/app...1-fixes-battery-drain-issue

As I've mentioned above, users receive push notifications alerting them if an update is available. It's pretty simple from that point onwards.

Edited by Manish, Mar 7 2012, 10:08pm :

There has already been an OTA update (version 5.0.1) since iOS 5. It's not that confusing a process to require a tutorial anyway, especially not on a tech site. Furthermore, those who did forget about OTA updates will be reminded when they receive a push notification from Apple letting them know a new version is out, just like they did for iOS 5.0.1. If it was really that necessary to provide a tutorial, like Shadrack said, that above link in the "iOS 5.1 download links now live" (http://www.neowin.net/news/ios-51-download-links-now-live) article would've sufficed. Creating two news posts for this was, in my eyes, pointless.