Will iOS 5.1 give Siri hardware access?

According to German Web site Macerkopf.de, iOS 5.1, the first major update to Apple's mobile operating system, will give Apple's voice-controlled assistant Siri the capability to access certain hardware features of the iPhone 4S.

With you iOS 5.1 update, you may be able to tell Siri to, "Take a photo." Apple

According to German Web site Macerkopf.de, iOS 5.1, the first major update to Apple's mobile operating system, will give Apple's voice-controlled assistant Siri the capability to access certain hardware features of the iPhone 4S.

The Web site's source is listed as an Apple developer commenting on a forthcoming iOS 5.0.2 update that will address battery issues yet again, as well as the future iOS 5.1 update that will contain the Siri updates.

If you're a power user, this news should be fairly exciting. Giving Siri the capability to adjust hardware settings is a great step forward in having a completely voice-activated iOS. Commands such as "Turn off my Wi-Fi" or "Turn on my Bluetooth" will be recognizable and actionable to Siri (whereas currently they are not).

I would expect Siri to be a central focus of iOS updates from here out. Apple does not release many products in a beta state and I am sure the company is anxious to remove that tag. Certainly adding hardware access to Siri's repertoire would be a step in the right direction. Adding Siri functionality is also a great way for Apple to keep people upgrading their devices as Siri is currently exclusive to the iPhone 4S.

What are the commands you most want Siri to be able to act on? Let me know in the comments!

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