iOS 5.1 on iPhone 4S: Hands On

ios 5.1

Aside from the new iPad being announced, highlighted also on yesterday’s Apple event was the release of a new iOS upgrade, the iOS 5.1. Announced by Apple CEO, Tim Cook himself, iOS 5.1 upgrade is now available and ready for download through OTA (over-the-air) upgrade or through iTunes. The iOS 5.1 update is available for iPhone 3GS, 4, & 4S, iPad 1 & 2, and iTouch 3rd and 4th gen devices.

Today, I tried iOS 5.1 on my iPhone 4S through iTunes and so far, the upgrade ended to successful. Here’s what’s included in this new iOS update:

  • 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 — US Only
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

iOS 5.1 on iPhone 4S

One noticeable feature that you’ll definitely notice when you upgrade to iOS 5.1 is the new Camera shortcut on the lower right side of your Lock Screen. It gives you quick access your camera with just a single upward swipe on the screen.

ios 5.1 camera shortcutios camera on lock screen

This update will also supposed to fix some bugs and issue regarding the battery life of your iDevice. Currently, I’m still monitoring the battery status of my iPhone and hopefully it will give good results.

ios 5.1 upgrade

If you haven’t upgraded your iDevice yet, now is the best time. Fire up your iTunes and connect your device to start updating. Let me know your thoughts about the upgrade.



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