Apple Releases iOS 5.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

After a few months of iOS 5.1 being in beta 3, Apple has now publicly released iOS 5.1. The latest version of iOS is available for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone and brings several new features although Siri users might be left a little disappointed.

New features added include:

* 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)
* 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 shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
* Podcast controls for playback speed and a 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

Although there’s a new battery fix in there (we’ll see what that does this time around) and also Siri for the Japanese, the rest are just pretty run of the mill updates. What we had hoped for is a big Siri update and by that we mean the UK and other versions being capable of searching for business as well as Siri moving to the iPad.

Now that Apple has only released dictation to the iPad, it seems that Siri for iPad is not being planned, or at least it isn’t needed on the new iPad to sell it. Apple might introduce it at a later date, perhaps after the hype has slowed down a little, but for now it’s dictation only on the iPad.

You can grab the update now from Apple either OTA or by connecting to iTunes and checking for updates.

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