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iOS 5.0.2 due next week, 5.1 to upgrade Siri, report claims

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.




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  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Something I look forward to

    Yes! Being able to use Siri to turn on and off Bluetooth and WiFi. That's a lot easier than going into the Settings app, going into General, then into Bluetooth, and turning Bluetooth on and off. Wifi will be nice too . Although if you need a network to use Siri, Will you have problems turning WiFi back on?

    Taking pictures? I can't see how that would work. You tell Siri to take a picture, but you haven't yet aimed your camera and focus.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I hope..

    I hope 5.1 includes updates to Reminders that..

    1. Allow user-specified geo-fences, radius distance, road mileage, etc..

    2. Allow users to choose reminder locations from a map view, rather than be limited to locations in contacts.

    3. A change that would have Reminders stop polling the GPS whenever I'm a set distance, driving time, away from reminder locations. If I'm a 3 hr drive from the nearest reminder location, poll the GPS every 30 mins maybe.. This would improve battery life.

    I'd also like to see Apple work with other Navigation app devs to allow me to set Siri to use an app like Navigon for driving instructions.. I don't think I've used Google Maps once since my first iPhone... Siri using Google Maps is pretty much useless to me.

    I hope we don't have to wait until iOS 6 for these much needed improvements..

  1. joemacintosh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Whatever man....

    We all know we're all upset, angry and disappointed because of the iPhone 4S fiasco! - siri or not siri - I personally feel CHEATED buy an expensive demanding girlfriend... still I certainly hope SIRI makes its legal way into iPhone 4 cos I really dislike jailbreak but I will do it if I need to because I paid for my hardware.

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