updated 06:45 pm EST, Thu February 16, 2012
iOS 5.1 may answer gripes of quick camera use
A finding Thursday in a late and possibly Apple-only build of iOS 5.1 has hinted that Apple may have addressed a common complaint about camera access. The pre-GM (gold master) version seen by Brazil's Blog do iPhone would have the camera button always available on the lock screen just require a swipe up to start shooting. Apple's current approach only shows the camera after double-tapping the home button, leading some to miss the camera shortcut entirely.
Apple beat Google to having a quick camera shortcut on phones by a matter of weeks, but its implementation isn't considered as quick as in Android 4.0, where users just have to slide to the left to launch directly into the camera.
An official menu item for Japanese Siri support was found inside as well.
While most of iOS 5.1's features have been covered, the discovery if validated would show Apple having a handful of new features to show by the time the update reaches the public. Apple is believed on the edge of an iPad 3 launch event and may be saving the finished iOS 5.1 to release it in sync with new hardware. [via MacRumors]