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  • iOS 5.1 to Bring New Features to Siri

    Expect a round of updates in the next few weeks.

    Apple has a couple of updates to bring to us in the near future. First of all, iOS 5.0.1 was released recently which was supposed to fix battery issues for some users. In almost all cases like this it didn't work for everyone. But it did work for some; that's what counts, right?

    For those of you still having battery problems, you can expect an update from Apple in the very near future dubbed iOS 5.0.2 which will fix the rest of your problems. But aside from that, there's an even bigger update coming; it targets iPhone 4S users who run Siri.

    Remember at the iPhone 4S unveiling when the announcer said that Siri was still in beta? Well it is. And for that purpose, Siri hasn't been perfect and there have been outages of the service at the most random times. Apple is working on it. By all means, they intend to keep their promise and roll out some updates that will add features to the infinite possibilities of Siri. How do they intend to do that? By giving it better speech recognition, adding more languages, and of course the big one; adding more functionality.

    Albeit Siri does do a lot already, it hardly has any hardware functionality. All you can do is have Siri do things within the iOS software nix just a couple of hardware settings (like powering the device off). The update, as 9to5Mac reports, hopes to bring Siri the ability to toggle Wi-Fi on and off, as well as Bluetooth. As well as toggles, you will also be able to tell Siri to take a photo. At this point in time, Siri will yield no useful results when you ask it to toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or ask it to take a photo:



    That's probably not the only upside to iOS 5.1. It's still far off in the horizon, but expect Apple to implement some more nifty new Siri features and stability improvements as well. Jailbreakers, stay away!

    Are you excited for iOS 5.1's new Siri features? Share below!

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 5.1 to Bring New Features to Siri started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. tabit's Avatar
      tabit -
      It will be great when Siri works with apps like a nav app so I can sya where I want to go instead of typing it!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      As for the next major update, iOS 5.1 will allegedly feature "many changes" related to Siri voice control, but the update is not expected to arrive by the end of 2011, as work on Siri is "very expensive."
      Source AppleInsider | Apple rumored to issue iOS 5.0.2 for battery woes, iOS 5.1 with Siri additions
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      How are you on TMobile? Did you splurge the 700+ dollars to get it unlocked?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Exciting; right?!

      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      How are you on TMobile? Did you splurge the 700+ dollars to get it unlocked?
      That isn't my iPhone; it's a photo from 9to5Mac.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Some people are so observant , iphone 4s unlocked for t mobile...LMAO..So we have to play catch up on restoring and jailbreaking it.
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      What about like close app or "open facebook" or something
    1. DnBKiD521's Avatar
      DnBKiD521 -
      I would totally pay 19.95 for a port of Siri on my ip4. Sigh.... I know it's being worked on.. Here's to cracking apples best laid plans and bringing Siri to the masses!
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Jailbreakers stay away? What Jailbreak? So stay on 5.0 for the next year or so, miss out and still not be able to jailbreak anyway. A jailbreak for the 4S at this moment it as likely as a Siri Port for older devices. It just ain't happening. Be as optimistic as you like, but I'd bet if there was a jailbreak, it's 6 months away.
    1. Chris3k2's Avatar
      Chris3k2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      Some people are so observant , iphone 4s unlocked for t mobile...LMAO..So we have to play catch up on restoring and jailbreaking it.
      It could also be somebody's iPhone 4 or 3GS like some of the devs (chpwn) that have access to the ios 5 untethered jailbreak and unlock...
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Just cause its on t-mobile doesn't mean they jailbroke it. You can buy unlocked iPhones in most countries now including the US straight from apple, also tmobile is one of the carriers overseas, and the Siri port was distributed to very few hackers and probably won't be released it breaches several laws that are generally frowned upon like reverse engineering.

      I'd also like a wifi and led fix on my 4S those two haven't been addressed
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Siri: Go Thermonuclear Global War, please.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      If you look it doesn't just say T-Mobile, it says T-Mobile HR which, correct me if I'm wrong, is T-Mobile Croatia.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      I want her to launch apps and navigate within the app - for instance: "Siri, launch Pandora." "Siri play deadmau5." "Siri skip track." Right now that is a no go. I also am very disappointed that the Andriod version of Google maps is still far superior to iOS's. At least give us turn by turn!!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by flash66 View Post
      Jailbreakers stay away? What Jailbreak? So stay on 5.0 for the next year or so, miss out and still not be able to jailbreak anyway. A jailbreak for the 4S at this moment it as likely as a Siri Port for older devices. It just ain't happening. Be as optimistic as you like, but I'd bet if there was a jailbreak, it's 6 months away.
      Well iOS 5.1 will be an update to the iPhone 4 as well. Apple always includes security enhancements as well with their updates. So that's why I said Jailbreakers stay away.
    1. ipony's Avatar
      ipony -
      i miss my Jb
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      T mobile is also in uk share the same network as orange carrier
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      Yeah, giving devs api's for Siri would be insane, and not just for Facebook. Think of all the apps that would benefit from being able to interact with Siri.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      T-Mobile is in lots of countries - here in the UK Orange's parent company bought them so they have an agreement where, if you opt in, you can use the others voice network if you have no coverage on your own but that does not extend to data yet.

      Quote Originally Posted by rocketApe View Post
      Yeah, giving devs api's for Siri would be insane, and not just for Facebook. Think of all the apps that would benefit from being able to interact with Siri.
      I'm sure Siri will be extended once the JB is released.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      It would be nice if Siri could use apps, or I could ask Siri the score of the Giants game, or even find me a video on YouTube. The abilities of this software is almost limitless, especially when they can improve its ability to learn.
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I'm sure Siri will be extended once the JB is released.
      Jail broken Siri. That'd be so stinkin cool. Only, it wouldn't be called "Jail Broken Siri". We'd call her "Siri Unleashed." Or maybe "Siri Gone Wild!" : b