Apple has recently published a number of iPhone operator profiles, which include references to a potential March 9 release date for the company’s upcoming iOS 5.1 software update.

Here’s an image of the reference:

March 9 - save the date

For a while now, Apple’s iOS 5.1 has been in its beta stage of development. The update appears to fix a number of bugs, such as the Corona jailbreak exploit, and apparently isn’t much of a help with those darned battery issues, either.

It has been speculated that Apple might launch iOS 5.1 with the iPad 3. If this is the case, the aforementioned March 9 date would appear to fit in with the pre-established timeline – most rumors claim Apple will launch its third generation iPad in March, with John Gruber noting that a March launch for the iPad 3 is “completely accurate.”

Do remember that nothing has yet been announced by Apple. Though if the string of rumors and purported evidence we’ve seen are anything to go by, it looks like the iPad 3 and iOS 5.1 are going to be available around March.

We’ll keep you posted.

[via YourDailyMac]