Apple has released its first update for iOS 5 with the release of iOS 5.0.1. The update looks to fix battery issues suffered by many since the new mobile operating system was launched.

The new update, which is available OTA for the first time as well as the usual wired channels also promises to fix a number of bugs at the same time.

Apple was first alerted to the battery issues last month after thousands of users complained that having upgraded to iOS 5 they iPhone didn’t last as long.

In addition to the battery-related fixes, iOS 5.0.1 also brings multitasking gestures to users of the original iPad, something that was originally only available to iPad 2 owners.

It also specifically fixes some bugs in Documents in the Cloud and improves voice recognition for Australian users of the iPhone 4S’s dictation feature.

The update is available for the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod Touch (4th gen), and iPod touch (3rd gen) models.

You'll need at least 50 per cent battery to install the new software once wirelessly downloaded. Well, you probably won't - but Apple insists on it.