Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 update that supposedly fixes battery issues, may improve performance for Sprint users

Apple has released an update to its mobile operating system that should improve the battery performance of iOS devices currently running iOS 5.

The app is also the first that will test Apple's over-the-air (OTA) updating of software. Reports are that the system is working well so far.

But media developers that have been on beta software should plug their devices into the computers as usual as an OTA update will not work for them. Once they have fully updated, however, OTA should work as advertised.

Although the battery issue will get most of the headlines with this update, there are a couple of other reasons for the update. First, some Sprint users are reporting better performance after the update, though this is not an advertised feature of the update. Also, original iPad owners will find that the update gives their devices additional multitasking gestures.

Another feature of the update is that supposedly Australian iPhone 4S owners will find improved voice recognition. Anybody want to report back to tell us if this is true?

If you use Comcast for your phone service – most likely because you use the company for your cable TV and Internet – they have added a nice little feature.

Now with Xfinity you can have receive an email transcript of any voice mails that you have. You can also have the voice message sent you to via email as an audio file.

While you can always forward the phone to your mobile when out of the office, there are time when you might prefer not to do this. Getting an email transcript of any voice mail is a nice way of making sure you didn't miss a call.