iOS 5.1 now available with minor new features

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Apple just released iOS 5.1 as a free software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It includes some small new features and bug fixes, but nothing major.

It was unveiled today very briefly at the iPad 3 event, but Apple didn’t talk about much besides the fact that it included support for Siri in Japan. That’s nice, but pretty lame if you aren’t Japanese. Now we have a few more details.

The big one is that photos can be deleted from Photo Stream! This simple feature, that should have been added from the very start, lets you reverse any photo that was automatically uploaded to the stream, so that photo you regrettably took last night doesn’t end up on all of your devices everywhere you go.

Next on the list of importance are three camera features. The first was previously rumored, and it’s that the camera icon remains visible on the lock screen right next to slide-to-unlock function for easy access to the camera. Previously you had to double-tap the home button to get to it. The other camera-related additions here are a redesigned Camera app on the iPad and face detection.

Basically, iOS 5.1 is filled with enhancements rather than full-blown new changes. Aside from the aforementioned improvements, there’s also Genius Mixes for iTunes Match subscribers, improved audio in iTunes movies and TV shows, bug fixes for battery life, podcast controls on iPad, and a couple of other things.

If you have iOS 5 already, you can get the update wirelessly by navigating to your Settings. If not, tether up to iTunes and get downloading!

  • Guest

    I updated by iPad 2 but didn’t receive most of the features (microphone, camera on lock screen, etc.).  Says I am at the latest version and shows 5.1

    • Guest

      I was mistaken – iPad doesn’t get camera on lock screen.  Still didn’t get microphone on keyboard that was reportedly added to the upgrade.  Maybe the article was mistaken and that feature wasn’t added.

      • Jarrod

        I think that is for the new iPad. I love how they literally named it “The New iPad” though.

        • http://blog.chris-mcgrath.com Chris McGrath

           after all this bs with charging people with a new device for a software upgrade i think i might buy a windows 8 tablet come my next upgrade … and sell my ipad

          • Eltoro1975

            No you won’t. 

      • http://www.gtdaily.net/?source=disqus George Tinari

        Jarrod is correct. The voice dictation is for the new iPad only.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545023680 Johan Stålnacke-Pesonen

    Face recognition does not work if you don’t have an iPhone 4s?
    It does not work at my iPhone 4…

    • Anonymous

      my classmate’s aunt makes $60 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for six months but last month her pay was $21609 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more  CashLazy.com

    • Anonymous

      my classmate’s aunt makes $60 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for six months but last month her pay was $21609 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more  CashLazy.com

    • Anonymous

      my classmate’s aunt makes $60 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for six months but last month her pay was $21609 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more  CashLazy.com

  • Jan Ricketts

    no longer can print from my iphone 3 or my wifes iphone 4 or my ipad 2
    all other devices that print wireless still work.  seems to only be with IOS 5.1

  • Questionier

    Does this include siri for Ipod Toufh 4g?

    • Newschwab_12

      siri is still in beta and will not be offered to the iphone4/ipod touch 4

      • upeksha

        dude,..we can install siri on the ipod touch 4 or iphone 4 with cydia the best jailbreaking app!

  • Dan

    does face detection is available on iphone 4?

  • Iska_ter311

    how to activate ios5.1 in my iphone4 withous AT&T sim?

    • Iska_ter311

      somebody have an idea?please help me my iphone 4 not activate.i dont know hot to slide to set up!

    • Iska_ter311

      somebody have an idea?please help me my iphone 4 not activate.i dont know hot to slide to set up!

  • Ronkrukkert

    No fucking way!!  that is great!!   tell your classmates aunt that i would be her coworker!    

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