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iOS 5.1 features

Before announcing the new iPad, Apple today released iOS 5.1, the latest update to its mobile operating system for the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod Touch. Though the improvements are minimal, there are a couple of additions that users will find useful.
iPhone 4S users will now be able to speak to the Siri voice assistant feature in Japanese. That makes the fourth language that Siri can understand.
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Of course, Siri will answer back in Japanese, as well. In the penultimate line we asked Siri for her name. She responded in kind.
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The familiar camera shortcut that we got from iOS 5 now will appear on the lock screen at all times.
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Also, instead of pressing the camera icon you must now slide up the lock screen to expose the camera app.
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With iOS 5.1, the camera now will highlight all faces that it detects with a green rectangle.
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In the iPad's camera, the shutter control has moved from the menu at the bar at the bottom of the screen to the right side of the viewfinder.
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iPad users also get new controls for controlling the playback speed and rewinding in 30-second segments. We take assume no responsibility for the content of this podcast.
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AT&T iPhone 4S users will see a new "4G" icon when their phone is connecting to the carrier's HSPA+ network. Whether that really counts as 4G, however, is another question.
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You'll see this screen as you download 5.1 through a wireless update.
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Another screen will show you the full list of iOS 5.1 updates, at least those that Apple is telling us about. There should be more additions, so we'll be looking for them.
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