iOS 5.1 has been on the horizon for a few months now, with no real confirmation about the release date from Apple. On Wednesday, carrier profiles that were recently published by iPhone carriers in Japan, France, Greece, Finland, and Sweden revealed that March 9th may be the actual release date for iOS 5.1 software update. Users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have been waiting for update since last November, especially iPhone 4S users who have been waiting for a solution to their battery life issues.
Apple released iOS 5.0.1 a few weeks following the release of the iPhone 4S, however, this update failed to produce any solid solutions to the battery issue. Apple has been slowly issuing betas of iOS 5.1 to developers, and has been working on major issues identified with iOS 5 and 5.0.1. In previous years, Apple released major iOS updates alongside new iPhone hardware in June, however, Apple released iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S in October last year, throwing off the annual cycle.
There have been no reports as to what features the iOS 5.1 update would be bringing to devices, however, the March 9th release date coincides with the rumored iPad 3 time frame. This points to the possibility of iOS 5.1 to be announced alongside iPad 3. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple plans to release iOS 5.1 and the iPad 3, bring the iPhone release back to June, and bring iPod updates back to September.