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Apple Releases iOS 5.1 [Direct Links, Screenshots]

Apple just released the new version of iOS, iOS 5.1, through Software Update. Notable new features in this update include Siri support for Japanese users, a new camera shortcut, and new Camera app for iPad. Full changelog below.

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)
  • 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

At the moment of writing this, the update server can’t be reached with iTunes, but the over-the-air update is working through iOS devices. We’ll update this story with more details as we install iOS 5.1 on our devices.

iOS 5.1 direct download links below (build number 9B176). We should also note that new devices have appeared in Apple’s firmware server: iPad 2,4, iPad 3,1, iPad 3,2, iPad 3,3.

iPhone Screenshots

I have installed iOS 5.1 on my iPhone 4S, and it does indeed come with a new Lock screen camera shortcut, possibility to delete Photo Stream entries – but it also breaks Settings URLs in apps like Launch Center, as previously reported. Siri is now available in Japanese, too. The new Camera icon in the Lock screen is always visible, and users can “drag” the Camera icon to show the entire camera view.

Screenshots below.

iPad Screenshots

We’ve been able to test iOS 5.1 on our iPad 2s, and we’ve included screenshots of the new features, as reported in the changelog. Overall, I can say the device feels a lot snappier with this final build of iOS 5.1 – especially Safari, and this might be related to an updated version of WebKit being used in iOS 5.1.

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