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iOS 5.1 Features Round-up

Andrew Williams


iOS 5.1
iOS 5.1

iOS 5.1 has been released, following the launch of the new iPad, but what new goodies does it offer? Read on to find out.

This latest version of the iOS software for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is not a major update, but provides a fistful of tweaks that erase some of its irritations. iOS 5.1 adds a camera shortcut to the lock screen of iPhones and iPod touches, for even faster quick-fire photography.

iOS 5.1

Face recognition in the camera app has been improved in iOS 5.1, as has the camera app interface. It'll now recognise multiple faces at once, for when you're not simply taking photos of yourself in your bedroom. Again camera-related, deleting photos from within iCloud's Photo Stream is now possible. Before, deleting shots would only remove from the device, not the online store.

Music and audio also get a nod. Genius mixes and playlists are available to iTunes Match subscribers and a filter has been applied to the audio output of iPads playing TV eps or films, designed to make it louder and clearer when played through the tablet's internal speaker.

A pair of new podcast features have been introduced, too. You can alter playback speed and a 30-second instant rewind has been added, making it easier to skip through segments.


Potentially the most wide-reaching improvement is in battery life. Apple has squashed a number of bugs that were causing serious battery stamina issues for some users. Also neat, but irrelevant for many, Japanese has been added to Siri's language repertoire.

iOS 5.1 is available to download from iTunes now.


March 15, 2012, 9:22 pm

My Camera LED has started to flash on incoming calls and messages since the update.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is there any way to switch it off?


March 16, 2012, 6:05 pm

shakini > Mine's been doing this since I upgraded to iOS 5.01.

Regarding the podcast features of instant rewind and speed, these have been on the iPhone for quite a while now (iOS 4.1 I think) so it may be that these have just been added to the iPad.


March 20, 2012, 9:35 am

Yes you can switch it off in Settings > General > Accessibility > LED Flash for Alerts. I quite like it on though.

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