It doesn’t take a genius to spot the emerging pattern in Apple’s recent releases! Moments ago, Apple has seeded the next version of iOS 5, numbered iOS 5.0.1, to the registered developers of iOS Dev Center.
Despite the elongated release of Apple’s latest mobile OS, it appears that the company from Cupertino still cannot get it all right. You would have though that with 9 betas of iTunes 10.5 and a near record 7 Betas of iOS 5 under its belt, the fruit company would have everything ready to go for the big launch.
That’s quite apparently not the case, and you may be wondering what the big deal is, and why there should be such a fuss about Apple not having properly readied iOS, iTunes or iTunes Match service. Well, the thing is, although the company has gone from strength to strength in the last 10-15 years in terms of marketing, innovation and sales surrounding Mac and iDevices, the same cannot be said for its ever-increasing list of failed web ventures.
The general consensus tells us that the likes of iDisk, .Mac and MobileMe were stone-wall failures, and Apple has spent a great deal of time meticulously preparing iCloud and its subsidiaries (i.e. iTunes Match) to hopefully make it fourth time lucky this time around, and spread success through to other sectors aside from just product.
It’s important to note the success of the App and iTunes Store, but it has to be said that the growth of both services can largely, if not wholly be accredited to the popularity of the iPhone, iPad and iPod ranges.
It’s obviously way to early to be writing Apple off, after all, these are just minor hiccups. But one suspects that the company will be even keener, what with the untimely death of its greatest mind, Steve Jobs, to prove that Apple hasn’t lost its bite and continue to progress from the standards set by the former CEO.
Coming back to this iOS 5.0.1 update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1, iPad 2, and iPod touches, this new update brings back multitasking gestures on the first-gen iPad, the much awaited fix for battery life woes on iOS 5, security fixes, improved Voice Recognition for Australian users, and other bug fixes.
You will need a developer account from Apple in order to download – if you want to check it out, grab yourself an account. Avoid the warez and torrent site uploads which will inevitably surface – you paid a lot for the device, so play it safe!
iOS 5.0.1 will be publicly available in the next few weeks.
UPDATE: iOS 5.0.1 can be tethered-jailbroken using Redsn0w. Full step by step instructions can be found here.
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