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Nov 11, 2011

How do I update my iPhone/iPad to iOS 5 without Syncing?

The 5.0.1 iOS update to fix some issues with battery life is out. Did you know you no longer have to sync with iTunes to do the update? Neither did I. In fact, it looks like the updates are just patches now (only 44meg). This is a huge improvement over having to download the entire OS image every time.

To update your device do the following:
  1. Click Settings
  2. Click General
  3. Click Software Update
That's it. Your download should begin right away. It is probably a good idea to have your device plugged in while the update takes place.
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