Apple, dogged by battery problems for weeks, released its first over-the-air iOS update to users Thursday.

It's a free update for the new iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the two iPads and both the third and fourth generation iPod touch. The OTA update means users are not required to connect to a computer or iTunes to get the update. If the iOS device is connected to Wi-Fi, has a battery backup of at least 50 percent or even is plugged into a power outlet, it can easily get the latest software, according to a Mashable report.

Yes, for Android users, it's not a big deal, but for those using Apple products, the update does matter a lot. Earlier, users needed to wait for a long time to download an entire 852.5 MB operating system. But now, it's only 55 MB that gets downloaded, just the part that requires fixing.

Some iOS users are reportedly getting a push notification for the availability of the iOS 5.0.1 version. There is a small red-encircled 1 on the Settings icon that leads user to the update. But Mashable has provided another way to get the update, which, they claimed, takes about 10 minutes to download and install the latest software. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Go to Settings app, select General and then select Software Update. After that you'll get an option to download and install. If you need the update, tap the option.

2. The download will take only a few minutes if you have a fairly fast Internet connection. After the file gets downloaded, a screen appears showing that iOS 5.0.1 will be installed in six seconds and the iPhone will restart once the installation is finished. One important thing to note here is that the device needs at least 50 percent of battery life to get the update, or else, it won't upgrade.

3. After the restart, a progress bar will be displayed with five Apple logos indicating the process. According to the Mashable report, once the new update is loaded, the device will appear unchanged, except for two key differences - there will be multi-touch gestures for iPad 1 users and a better battery life for iPhone users.

Is it a Solution to the iPhone Battery Bug?

According to Apple, the iOS 5.0.1 software update contains four key improvements. It fixes bugs affecting battery life, adds multiple gestures for original iPads, resolves bugs with documents in the iCloud and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.

After the release of the iPhone 4S, users reported that the batteries of their iPhones were dying quickly. Apart from iPhone 4S users, the problem was also reported by anybody using iOS 5.

Apple eventually found out bugs in the iOS 5 causing the battery issue and announced that the problem would be fixed with iOS 5.0.1.

According to beta testing reports, the iOS 5.0.1 does enhance and improve the iPhone's battery life. But testing on the updated iOS continues.

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