updated 02:40 pm EST, Wed November 16, 2011
New Siri may get system functions
Apple is at work on not one but two updates to iOS 5, claims German site Macerkopf.de. iOS 5.0.2 will allegedly be out by the end of next week, and attempt to fix battery life problems that went unresolved by v5.0.1. Battery drain has been a recurring issue with iOS updates, although most devices are typically unaffected.
The other planned update is iOS 5.1. The firmware will reportedly make several upgrades to Siri, expanding its functions. Users should, for instance, be able to take a photo or record video using voice commands, as well as toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on or off. When v5.1 might go live however is unknown.
Apple officially considers Siri to be in a beta state. Some functions are in fact unavailable outside of the US, and only a relative handful of languages are supported. The only device with Siri installed is the iPhone 4S, despite the technology clearly working on hacked older products.