Many Apple users have been anxiously awaiting iOS 5.1 for some time now after iOS 5.0.1 failed to address battery drain issues affecting many iPhone owners. New clues have now been found suggesting that iOS 5.1 could arrive on March 9th.
We today discovered that Apple published eleven new profiles for various iPhone-operators. These files are compatible with iOS 5.1 and are set for release on March 9. This could indicate that iOS 5.1 will be released around that date, is will be available for the following devices; iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPad, and iPad 2.
The profiles are meant for use by operators in Japan, France, Greece, Finland, and Sweden, although Apple typically releases firmware updates to all regions on the same day.
With many expecting the iPad 3 to be announced in March, it’s possible that the two events are related. Apple often releases firmware updates on or around the release dates of new products.