By now, you must be quite aware that the next major firmware update iOS 5.1 is already down the horizon. According to a previous report, the next iOS update will be launched in March along with the announcement of the next generation iPad. But what exactly are the new features of iOS 5.1? Well, according to a new report, it seems that iOS 5.1 will feature a permanent lockscreen camera button and a new language option for Siri.
Brazilian iPhone blog blogdoiPhone claimed that they were able to get their hands on a leaked Golden Master (GM) build of iOS 5.1. The changes found on the GM version is not that mind-blowing as compared to the current beta versions of the firmware. For the uninitiated, GM versions of the iOS are usually the final candidate to be used for the public release.
The Brazilian blog did report that there are two notable features found on the on the leaked software. Allegedly, iOS 5.1 GM features a permanent camera button on its lockscreen. As of now, in order to access the camera function from the iOS lockscreen, one will need to double tap the home button. Now with the new camera button, users will simply need to slide the icon upwards in order to reveal the Camera app (as seen in the screenshot below). This could certainly help with the accessibility of the camera.
In addition to that, the blog also reported that the leaked iOS 5.1 GM build will add a new language option to Siri which is Japanese. The Cupertino company has promised to add other languages to Siri as well such as Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish. Expected rollout of new languages could start as early as next month.
iOS 5.1 is currently on its third beta which is only exclusive to registered iOS developers. The public release is pegged to arrive on March 9th, as earlier reports have indicated. [via AppleInsider]