Apple to Release iOS 5.1 Today with Japanese Siri Support [UPDATED]

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Apple’s highly anticipated iOS 5.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will finally make it into customer’s hands on Wednesday. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the announcement during a special media event in San Francisco where the company is expected to also unveil the third generation iPad.

iOS 5.1 improves on iOS 5, and among other things will include native Siri voice control support for Japanese speaking users.

In addition, this version includes these changes, according to Apple:

  • Photos can now be deleted drom the Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and genius playlists on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls.

Starting with iOS 5, these updates can now be conducted wirelessly; a wired connection to a Mac is no longer required. Check your iOS device’s Settings for the iOS 5.1 notice.

Products that are compatible with this update are:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

For more information, see Apple’s support page for iOS 5.1.



Any word on the minimum iDevice requirements ?

Presumably anything running iOS 5.0.1 will accept the upgrade ?


It’s available.
I’m installing it on my 1 yr old iPodTouch now.

John Martellaro

furbies:  we’ve updated the article with device support.


furbies:? we?ve updated the article with device support.

Thanks John

Lee Dronick

I have noticed an increase in battery life on my my iPhone and iPad after updating to iOS 5.1.


I have noticed an increase in battery life on my my iPhone and iPad after updating to iOS 5.1.

I updated my iPad while it was running on Battery. By the time it rebooted the meter said 96%. After a reboot it said 98%.

It’s amazing. 5.1 actually MAKES electricity. LOL

Lee Dronick

It?s amazing. 5.1 actually MAKES electricity

A battery charge lasting longer than 10 hours require the immediate attention of an Electrician

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