Guide: Update Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to iOS 5.1 via OTA (Over-the-air)

Along with the update of the iPad, and launching of the new iPad, Apple did release a little makeover to the operating system, where users can download the new iOS 5.1 update, which has got a few changes that one would see directly in the new iPad but the previous generation iPad and other iOS 5 devices would have to manually update their device to get the new iOS 5.1 functional.

Here are the new additions and changes in the features, in the iOS 5.1 update (for those who want, can download iOS 5.1 firmware files for their device) :

  • Japanese language support for Siri
  • Camera shortcut visible on Lock screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G
  • Highlighting of the detected faces in the face detection feature of the camera
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Redesigned camera app for iPad

There are many other fixes and changes done, and even there are security changes that we see listed. So here is how you can update the iOS 5 to iOS 5.1 in your device, over-the-air without the USB connection –

(Note: We updated the iPad 2, so the guide speaks about the iPad update to iOS 5.1, but the procedure is same for all the iOS devices)

Go to Settings > General > Software update under the section About.

iOS 5.1 update home

iOS 5.1 update settings

iOS 5.1 update available

Clicking on Download and Install would open a list of terms and conditions which you need to agree for the iOS 5.1 update to happen.

iOS 5.1 update terms

Once you agree to the terms and conditions, you would be asked to connect the iPad to a power source so that the update doesn’t stop in between because of low battery at times.

iOS 5.1 update connect power

Once you connect the iPad to the charger, or if there is a lot of battery then you may click on OK and see the download start.

iOS 5.1 update downloading

Once the download completes, it would verify the update before the update process actually finishes.

iOS 5.1 verifying update

Once the verification is done, the installation process would occur and for that the iPad would need to be restarted and it is done automatically after the message that shows for 10 seconds. You can install or choose to install later.

iOS 5.1 restarting

Once the installation happens and the iOS device is updated to the iOS 5.1, you would see the message when you go to the software update section once again.

iOS 5.1 updated

Check the iPad 2 vs new iPad comparison.

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