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Apple Releases iOS 5.1 After Media Event

 

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The Software Update Notification from my iPhone 4S

Yesterday was a big day for Apple and its fans as Apple’s Tim Cook lead the announcement of the “New iPad,” or “iPad 3rd Generation” as its being formally referred to on the company’s website.  In conjunction with the release of the new hardware, comes iOS 5.1, for all currently supported iDevices.  The download weighed in at 189MB for me, but could be as big as 206MB (or slightly larger) on the desktop.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
    (previously, this was accessible via a double Home Button tap)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV programs and films on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30-second rewind for iPad
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes and issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

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