Apple Releases iOS 5.1 For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Apple has just released iOS 5.1 (build number 9B176).

iOS 5.1 is available for iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, the original iPad and iPad 2.

According to release notes iOS 5.1 includes the following the bug fixes and improvements:

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

Please note that the iPhone Dev team has warned jailbreakers to avoid updating to iOS 5.1.

Update 1:

Here’re the direct download links for iOS 5.1:

Update 2:

It looks like Apple’s servers are struggling with the surge in traffic, a number of readers have reported issues downloading iOS 5.1. So it may be a good idea to try it after sometime.

As always, let us know how it goes. We’ll let you know if we find anything interesting the latest iOS software update so stay tuned at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or add us on Google+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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  • Kwopau

    Thanks for the info. Downloading OTA right now.

    • Frosti7

      You wont be able to JB it

      • Kwopau

        I don’t jb my phone so it doesn’t matter to me.

        • Wite Boy

          then youre stupid

          • Kwopau

            Uh…i’m not stupid and plus I hate jb’ing my phone. I’ve done it before and never liked it.

          • Jeremy

            Lol he’s not stupid for not jailbreaking, i recently just went back to stock and there’s honestly nothing i can think of that i miss. None of the tweaks are really that needed and my phone was running ridiculously slow. I love that jailbreaking exists because it gives the opportunity for more innovation and we wouldn’t be where we are today without it but apple doesn’t approve of it for a reason, it slows down your device, eats more battery (depending on which tweaks you have) and takes away from the smooth feel that apple is all about.

          • teenbot

            people who dont jailbreak because they think that their IOS device goes slower are ideots, ive never noticed my device got slower from jailbreaking, usauly the new IOS makes it slower, some games crashed like GTA3 on my ipad1 IOS 5, wen i downgraded it to IOS 4 , all the apps started woking, all the people who reviewed gta3 and had ipad1 IOS 5 said the app never work, so either u think its from the jailbreak( means your stupid), or its actualy fom the ios 5 its self

          • People have their own reasons for jailbreaking or not jailbreaking. I stopped jailbreaking since I got the 4s in October. There’s really no reason for me to jailbreak.

          • Agreed

            Wite Boy is an idiot.

      • chris PITTMAN

        btw…I’ve never jail broken an iPhone, but every friend that does has 50 x’s the glitches and problems than I do — they have weird issues and frankly they deserve it. A few hard cord techno geeks always do it because they can, which seems to be the only real reason to do it…to prove your some bad ass who can do a better job than apple.

  • fingers21

    Damn it, need the battery fixes, but not giving up my 4s jailbreak!

    • Manny

      Exactly how I feel!

  • wolverinemarky

    since im jailbroken i will have to wait for this update, but i would like to know what does it mean by Updated AT&T network indicator?

    • Steven M

      Well, my iPhone now says 4G instead of 3G. I wonder how it is determined. I just ran a speedtest and barely got over 1 Mbps. I don’t consider that 4G. Last month I actually got 6 Mbps over AT&T’s network. Still not what I would consider 4G though.

      • It’s changed because ATT wanted it changed. It’ll now say 4g if you’re connected to ATT’s HSPA+ 14.4mbps network, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be fast. I was getting faster speeds on 3g last year compared to this year. Their network is just congested. When LTE is finally available, we’ll see better speeds.

  • How’s the battery life folks?

    • fingers21

      I’d like to know this too, but its probably a bit to soon to be asking. If it is a good improvement, i will have to give up my jailbreak.

  • baba

    Does Siri support Canada now?????????

    • ijohn

      Why would they want to do that?

      • Mediascapenorth

        Because its apples second largest market dumb ass

        • Gie

          No. It isn’t. Moron. LoOk at the sales statistics. Nobody cares about your minimally populated ninth circle of frozen hell

          • Mediascapenorth

            Yes it is.

          • Mediascapenorth

            Your a fag Gie!!!!!!!!!!

          • Mediascapenorth

            Gie is a gag!!!!! Lol

      • Mediascapenorth

        What a moron.

        • What the

          They haven’t figured out how to get Siri to say aye yet… You understand….aye….not all us Canadians say aye…..aye…oh I’m not Canadian don’t you know aye

          • Johnny

            Canadians aren’t pirates or sailors, smart guy. It’s “Take off, eh!”, not “Take off, aye aye captain yarghhhhh!”

          • Zed Sefi

            Scottish people say ‘Aye’, not Canadians … Are you an anti-Canadian racist or something?!

          • Mediascapenorth

            Learn how to spell dumb dumb

        • 1hihum

          Lol! That was a great answer!

          • Jason


  • Sinik

    Only thing I’m really interested in is battery life, but I can go a whole day without charging if I baby it lol so I’ll wait to update til the jailbreak is made 🙂

  • Rick

    Downloading it now. Download took about 10 min and it shows Preparing Update as I submit this.

    Don’t care for JBing. JB’d my iPad and restored it afterward.

    Pretty quick and painless update so far.

  • Hank

    I keep getting an error after it says “preparing update” on my iPhone 4.

    The error says “Software Update Failed. An error occurred downloading OS 5.1”

    • Too many people trying to update. Just wait and try again later.

  • Hendrix

    Nice, now let’s see how long it takes to jb… And now wait for the jb for iPad 3 and iOS 6 as it is already in testing….. I hope the dream team has enough steam in the tank!!!!!!,

    • teenbot

      Ipad 3 is coming with IOS 5.1, no has even heard about IOS 6

  • SBNP

    Some of the new Apple Apps require IOS 5.1. Keynote for sure does.

  • filthyjason

    FYI, this is handy for those who don’t want an extra badge hanging around soon


  • Luis

    Apple TV got iOS 5

  • Pinocchio smith

    Wow just updated and it has given me Siri on my iPhone 4.
    Thanks Apple, you’re the best!

    • dean


    • teenbot

      u know u shhould say that on, apple cant hear u here….

    • Kevinkain

      Is Siri included in the update for the IPhone 4? Or are you bullsh*ting? Lol

  • Iphone?

    • teenbot

      iphone who? what? u making a knock knock joke???

  • Joe

    Batttery life looking very good on ipad2 6% used in 2 hrs of continuous downloads and install from app store

  • Fingers21

    There was never issues with iPad 2 battery. The battery fix is for 4s.

  • King

    You can’t actually delete a photo from photostream….. Wow another epic fail apple…..

    The end of the glory days might be over

  • Blahz

    If you have an iPhone 4; use iFaith to Save your SHSH Blob before you upgrade your firmware to iOS 5.1 then if you decide you want to switch back, you can downgrade your firmware back to iOS 5.0.1 or whatever firmware you use when you Saved your SHSH blob.

    • Blahz

      I’m upgrading to 5.1 now. I’m really going to miss IntelliscreenX, iOverclock and iAP Cracker. =( I’m upgrading for iPhoto and for battery improvements though. If I don’t like it I’ll just downgrade back no biggie.

  • Fingers21

    Does it add the 3G on/off toggle in settings?

    • Yes, the 3G toggle is above celluar data switch.

  • James king james

    Now my iPhone reads “4G”….. Too bad the connection still sucks and I can’t even FaceTime over a supposed “4G” network…

    This is so unlike apple

  • mr.christer

    They did nothing about the Lyrics on iPad. 🙁

  • haysoner98

    I’ve been jail breaking my phone since the first one and I’ve noticed my iPhone 4 has slowed down since i have and has been freezing up more then usual. there will come a day when the tweaks like sb settings will come with the stock phone. the notification bar is almost there just needs some setting toggles.

  • Mikeanike

    No there is no toggle for disabling 3/4g 🙁

    • It is toggle. Look at “network” section in settings. The 3G switch is there above “celluar data”

  • AT&T rapes me

    Why do u want a toggle for 3G??? Wtf would u do on edge or could u do on edge???What’s the point

    • AT&T rapes me

      Edit: cell data does same thing if ur trying to save battery

      • Not the same. Cell data do off all data. 3G off makes data slowly but available.

  • Just updated and release is 179, not 176.

  • Mikeanike

    For me at my work coverage is spotty at best. When it searches for 3g it kills me battery life. While on edge it uses way less.

    • Switch it off. Now we have this possibility.

  • fas

    I jailbreaked for ultrasn0w, now not needed.

  • yiakom

    Is it just me but is not being updated? I see the new post on Facebook with the updates, but not when I come to this site.

    • Hey Yiakom,

      We had tagged the new iPad post and the iOS 5.1 release post as featured articles so they were showing up on top (highlighted with a light blue background), pushing the latest posts below them. We didn’t realize it would confuse readers. We’ve removed the tagging so the new posts should now show up on top.

      • yiakom


  • I want the battery to be updated, so it will decrease slowly instead of decreasing really fast! Because of this issue, I can’t use my phone often. Please make another update for the battery!

  • chris

    How long do I have to decide, to jailbreak before its shut down?

  • chris PITTMAN

    I downloaded and installed the 5.1 update last night and noticed today that in many places around Dallas and DFW Airport I was on a 4G network. However, I don’t know why but the connection when in 4G mode was slow to non-existent. It took simple webpages 45 seconds to a minute to load. Some apps that update their info (like Flight Tracker) just timed out because the server would not respond. So far, 4G sucks — at least on the existing phones.

  • Matt

    Does anyone know this?

  • heather

    I downloaded and installed the 5.1 update last night and noticed the camera button that is avalible in lock mode doesn’t work .I have the new 4gs iphone.Aple should test there upgrades before unleashing faulty softwear on the rest of us

  • Santosh

    Please help me, i have 3gs 8gb just yesterday i updated my iso 4.1 to iso 5.0.1 now i stuck activation since i have using iso 4.1 with jailbreak. please advice me how to active and jailbreak my iphone 3gs.

  • Need help

    I am having trouble activating my iPhone 3gs after the iOS 5.0.1 upgrade!
    I got a this iPhone 3GS from amozan it was jailbreak with iso 4.1. yesterday i upgrade it through itune iso 5.0.1
    I have been reading forums and watching videos all day but nothing seems to work even i try to restore custom-ios 5.0.1
    while restoring it shows some error like 1604.
    If there’s anything you can do to help i would be very grateful! Thanks,

  • neoriley

    5.1 didnt fix anything with battery life, in fact, it’s worse for me. I didn’t have a problem before 5.1, and now, I go to sleep with 100% power then wake up to a completely dead phone. 4G is a total joke btw. I almost always have no data connection at all and when I do, it’s slow. I WISH I had a 3G toggle – this blows. At least with 3G I always seemed to be able to get connected.

    5.1 is terrible. Don’t upgrade if you haven’t already.

  • ali Alaskary

    dear sir
    when you relese the updated reds0n for iphone 4 untheared
    Thanks& R