Apple releases iOS 5.1.1 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Apple releases iOS 5.1.1 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Apple has pushed out iOS 5.1.1, a free software update for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users. The minor point release focuses, as usual, on bug fixes and performance enhancements.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where 'Unable to purchase' alert could be displayed after successful purchase

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

You can update now quickly and efficiently, on-device and over-the-air (OTA) by going to Settings, General, Software Update on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Or you can break out the USB dock cable, tether up, and launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows desktop. If you need help updating, here's where to go:

Jailbreakers, as always, will want to stay clear. If you notice any other changes, drop us a line.

Rene Ritchie

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Hammer says:

Not showing up yet as an update from my iPhone 4S nor iPad 3rd gen.

driazen says:

Not showing up in the official table at the mentioned KB link either. "" at least not as of the time I'm making this comment :)

Hammer says:

Maybe just on Rogers in CA, eh???

Rick says:

Settings -> General -> Software Update

Hammer says:

Apple website doesn't even have links/searchable articles for it yet.

largenj says:

It's showing up on my iPhone 4 software update in Settings...

awasser1 says:

avail right now downloading installing in USA

Hammer says:

Just went live here in NC 1:36 EDT

Wyatt says:

Downloading it now on my iPad

Germán Daza says:

Is there any improvement about AirPrint? it detects only printers which are on the same subnet. Is there any plan for that, to be able to use any printer located on different subnet. Thanks.

flyingember says:

I think that's more a network issue than an iphone issue.
Some network protocols only work on the same broadcast domain

Hammer says:

Hey! It solved all my AT&T dead spots!
Uh oh, wait...not really.

Eskemo30 says:

haha facepalm that was great!

natefish says:

Only carrying a tower in your pocket fixes that!

Yahya M. says:

Completely Agree with that !

Jose says:

oh the way you fix that eay, switch to sprint or verizon...

David says:

Just updated, now I just get "no service" bug or just an unlucky case for me?
iPhone 4S on Orange UK.

David H says:

How did you sort? I am having the same issue.

DD214#WN says:

WhaT happened to the beta process???

James Stewart says:

Apple only do beta's on major releases not minor bug updates. :)

Brandon says:

Not updating till they give us iPod touch ppl a battery percentage icon!! I know there are apps that do it but I want a update to include it till I download!

mrkilltrocity says:

when i plugged my iPhone into iTunes it wants me to update to 5.1.1

kr1114 says:

I upgraded here in Canada with no problem

dloveprod says:

I hope it fixes the airplay to apple tv issue.

Park says:

What issues are you having? AirPlay to AppleTV has been working fine for me since it was available.

Randall says:

I agree with Dionte - my airplay is not working to Apple TV. I get the audio but not the video. Restarting all 3 devices (ATV, iPad and iMac) does not fix it.... I have updated but now I'm at work so will have to wait till tonight to check (I'm in Australia...)

John says:

Available on both my new iPad and iPhone 4S. Downloaded quickly, installed successfully and smoothly.

Mrjr says:

"Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List"
Yes, please. But only when an A5 jb solution comes up.

MikeKasda says:

Guys i notices that some icons are smaller, maybe that's just me...

SockRolid says:

Seems just fine. Never experienced the bugs it supposedly fixed.

ricbon says:

I love you android but this is one main reason I left you, timely updates all across the board.

Analog Spirit says:

^ This. That was one of the reasons I left Android too. I decided I'd never go back to Android unless I got a Nexus.

vanadiumdroid says:

I am getting here on my Iphone and Ipad, Mexico

jessef says:

Is it me or does the screen scrolling seem smoother?!?!?!?

Darkmx2000 says:

Yeah I have noticed as well that scrolling seems a little smoother.

chris says:

Here in Germany the update is rolling out and works fine

Droid666 says:

If you have trouble with it showing up, connect to wifi. It wouldn't show up for me on 3G but when I connected to my home wifi it popped right up. says:

Just appeared on the screen of my iPh4s... successfully installed on that device as well as my iPa2 and iPa3. says:

Oops ... meant to say I'm on a Swisscom subscription in (obviously) Switzerland.

Glenn#IM says:

Never had AirPlay problem, but new iPad AirPrint would stop, with try again. WiFi connection level high. Will see if problem happens again after upgrade.

FrankRow says:

This update is WEAK!! People been waiting for updates and this is what you give us Apple!? Get back to work!!

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williamsbh76 says:

Any word on a 4s 5.1 untethered jailbreak or have I missed something?

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reservoirdawg says:

Updated mine in 3 minutes no problems.....

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gammills08 says:

Get the span crap off here. Ridiculous how they put this where they can get it. Updated and working great. Don't notice whole lot. It's does seem like things may be a little quicker.

Sharma15 says:

This worked out fine OTA for my friends phone on Telus Canada. I'm on 5.0.1 JB soo yea not even worth the update.

DataCentre says:

Killed my phone. Did the update OTA, rebooted in DFU mode. Had to restore from a backup 8 days ago. I lost a lot of pictures of my daughter and I from over the weekend because of this.

Andy Pandy says:

Did you not think to do a back-up just before doing the update? Standard practice really. And if your photos were that important, why did you not backup straight away?

dloveprod says:

AirPlay connects much faster and more consistently.

Ashley says:

Just did the update and now none of my apps from the App store will open...Although they appear as if they are running in the bottom hidden bar thing... Not sure what I should do now?? I knew I shouldn't have updated :/

timscottbennett says:

My iPhone 3gs updated fine, but my iPad2 keeps giving me an error message. It tells me that my iPad isn't elegible for the requested build. My iPad is a newer iPad2 that has not been jailbroken or modded. Nor does it have any apps not downloaded from the app store. Is this update only for iPad3s?

Gregz0r says:

Safari feels... snappier. :D
(classic MacRumors forum humor there.)

Reza Bang says:

I feel the macro focus ability in the camera has improved. Anyone feel the same?

Lt_Solorna says:

Woke up this morning and said it was available. I then installed it OTA. It actually went by quick. :) I only had a message about my iHome dock but will see and post if anything comes up.

saanzm says:

Checkout step by step process of installing/updating new iOS 5.1.1 in your apple devices with both OTA and

John says:

Recently I’m using iPhone 4 with iOS 5.1.1 but I could not delete my photo album. When i tap the Edit button, there is no delete button but just Add! Anyone can help me?

Reza Bang says:

Just upgraded yesterday. And mine has delete button when the Edit button is tapped.

Analog Spirit says:

I just updated to 5.1.1 yesterday without any problems. So far, so good...

David says:

I updated my iPhone 4 about 3 days ago to the latest software (5.1.1). I also updated my wife and sons iPhone 3GS phones. My battery has completely stopped vibrating. Theirs work great. Not sure what to do about this. I've missed several calls with my phone on silent (forgetting the battery doesn't vibrate now). Any suggestions?

MarineCorpsVet says:

Rene/staff, I was prompted to update my phone early Monday morning which I jumped at the opportunity. After it was done updating and my springboard opened up I noticed a huge different in the brightness and vibrance of the screen. I have had to warranty my iPhone 4s through apple three times so far, one time was for the yellowing issue, and the new phone they gave me had a dead pixel in the middle. Well the third time was the charm, it was a improvement over the first yellowish hue colored screen but still not as good as my wife's iPhone 4. Once the update finished it looked like a brand new screen, much whiter and much brighter. I don't know if anyone else had this happen to them, I just wanted to inform the other readers to this fix. By the way I have the white 4s. Hope this help. Thanks guys!!

Ed says:

I installed version 5.1.1 on my phone and now none of my existing apps are working. Any idea on how to fix that? If I can't find a fix for the apps I might have to back out the version of 5.1.1 that I have, is there a method for removing recently applied versions.

Ed says:

Just figured it out... turns out that if you download another app from the App store then all your existing apps will function again.

Jim Dog says:

Absolutely kills my battery on iPhone 4S & iPad 3, AppStore freakishly slow and crashing, iPhone spontaneously rebooting. Very very ugly, never expected this from a minor release.

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Googull says:

Updated easy enough over wifi. Scrolling is perceptively smoother. Only trouble I've noticed is dictation on 4s is failing to even open mic for input on first attempt in iMessage and email. When it does open the returned text takes way longer than I am used to. I rebooted phone with no change. I am a big dictation user so this is a bit of a disappointment.

Angela says:

Since updating my battery life is worse and I'm having diffuculty with reception. I keep seeing no service or searching. Wish I didn't upgrade!!

ptierney says:

Upgraded my 4 to iOS 5.1, since then it has stopped vibrating.

Caleb says:

Wtf AppStore and YouTube is gone after ios 5.1.1 why

zach carlton says:

everythings working fine on my iPod 4G 8gb

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