With version 5 of iOS, Apple has enabled the ability to update the operating system of the phone without having to connect the device to a PC (or Mac). This means you can now upgrade your device any time there’s an update without waiting until you get back to your computer.
Apple has released v5.01 of iOS that addresses the battery problems that many have been reporting, along with improved voice recognition for Australian users, multitasking gestures for the iPad, and some bugs. The overall update was 45MB and the process was pretty smooth. My device was connected over WiFi and pulled the update in about 2 minutes. A quick install and reboot and it was all over.
The first thing you need to do, is have iOS 5 installed on your device. Version 5 adds support for Over-The-Air updates. If you don’t have iOS5, you’ll have to download and update using iTunes on your computer.
To kick off the update, simply launch Settings, and tap on General / Software Update. The phone will automatically check for any updates and walk you through the process of downloading and installing. As with any software update, you should make sure your device has been backed up – iCloud backup is great for this, and has a full charge on the battery, or at least plug it in. That’s all you have to do. Happy updating!