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Apple Announces iOS 5.1, Now Available for Download

Aside from unveiling a brand new iPad and a new Apple TV, Apple today announced iOS 5.1. Before you go getting all excited, it's important to mention that iOS 5.1 isn't a huge update. What it will bring is Japanese language capabilities for Apple's voice-activated personal assistant Siri and a redesigned camera app for iPad users. There's also the new voice dictation feature for the iPad, which will support U.S., UK, and Australian English as well as French, German, and Japanese. Apple showed off this diction feature today during its iPad 3 demo.

Siri and diction aside, iOS 5.1 adds face detection and users now have the ability to delete individual photos from the Photo Stream. The camera app shortcut is also always visible on the lock screen for iPod and iPhone users, which means you don't have to unlock your phone to take photos.

On the iTunes side of things, Apple has added Genius mixes and playlists for iTunes Match subscribers. iPad users will be getting optimized sound for TV shows and movies, which should make things louder and clearer. They'll also get podcast controls for playback speed and a 30-second rewind.

Apple has addressed several bugs with this version of iOS including some relating to battery life and an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls.

iOS 5.1 is available for download now.

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