Apple has now made iOS 5.0.1 available to users, a welcome sight after some users have been suffering issues where they were experiencing significantly lower than expected battery life. This release is special not just because it fixes the battery issue, but because this is the FIRST time that Apple has done an over-the-air (OTA) update for the iPhone. For those of us who have used Android or Blackberry, OTA’s are a common thing that our only complaint about is they might not come often enough. If you have owned an iPhone from the start though, then this is a completely new experience for you and I am happy to report that it appears to be going off without a hitch. The OTA update is 55.5MB, and with my phone connected via Wi-Fi, the whole process took me less than 15 minutes to complete. So no more having to hook your iPhone up to a computer and iTunes and wait all that damn time, from now you can pull down your quick OTA’s and keep it moving.
The only caveats to this seem to be that you need to be connected to Wi-Fi and have at least 50% battery life or have your phone plugged into a power outlet. So as a kind of quick poll, has anyone had any problems with the OTA? Did it somehow make your battery life worse? Is it possible, that a company put out a software update that went off with out a hitch for everybody? Probably not but it still appears as if Apple has proven that OTA’s are the way to go going forward and should only further improve the user experience of the most popular smartphone on the planet.