Expected iOS 5.1 release date and new Siri features list

By Alan Ng - Nov 17, 2011

As most iPhone owners will probably already be aware, Apple has just pushed out iOS 5.0.1, which promised to improve on some of the battery life issues that iOS users have been experiencing with iOS 5 on either the iPhone 4 or 4S. Now though, we have the first details on Apple’s next major software update, iOS 5.1 to share with you.

There is no timeframe at the moment as to when Apple will be releasing iOS 5.1, but we predict that it is quite some time away yet since they still have fairly serious battery life issues to sort out on iOS 5.0.1 at the moment.

When it does eventually release though, we’re hearing that Siri will be upgraded with some fancy new features, perhaps the biggest of all allowing your personal assisant to take a photo on command. Other useful features will apparently allow the user to start recording a video, enable or disable Bluetooth and even using Siri to switch on or switch off WiFi if desired.

The information has come via German website Macerkopf, who are also claiming that Apple will finalize their iOS 5.1 update for release before the end of the year – so we could expect it to drop sometime in December, which may be surprising to some of you who feel that it may be slightly too early for Apple to release another iOS update so soon.

The new Siri features sound great though, particularly the one about turning WiFi on and off. Obviously you can just go into settings yourself in a second, but if you can do it hands-free then a lot of users will treat this as the norm if Apple supports this. As for taking pictures with Siri, we’re not too sure of the long term benefits of this as opposed to just shooting an image yourself – but it’s a notable feature for sure.

What other features would you like to see in Apple’s iOS 5.1 update – do you like the sound of the new Siri features? Anything they have missed out?

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  • Neel Abraham

    Making SIRI take photographs will enable iphone to take photos group photos without the need for someone to take the photo, like using a timer on a normal camera. That should be great feature

  • this is cool and i m sure apple will certainly come up with many more features.for now its all secrete and that is what is usual and best quality of apple.

  • Steve14699

    I want directions from Siri in Canada… She’s doesn’t give directions in Canada yet

  • Stuee

    There are plenty of little fixes or changes I would like Apple to make, such as allowing timestamps on every text message, for example, and the ability to read text messages that I am replying to, which, at the moment, becomes impossible once my reply reaches a certain length.

  • Albert

    battery life is good on iOS 5.0.1 with iPhone 4 s

    • Thefreik

      Not for me it isn’t… It’s the worst battery I’ve ever had on a cellphone… I have to recharge my 4s atleast twice aday. Why do they release a product in this state, it feels unfinished… I’m sad panda