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iOS 5.1 Reportedly Passes Quality Assurance, Includes New Features

by Brandon Russell | March 6, 2012March 6, 2012 1:00 pm PST

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The iPad HD (iPad 3?) hour is almost upon us, Buffalo. In less than 24 hours Apple will unveil its new tablet that many media outlets are promising will melt our eyeballs. But what about the software running under that fresh HD screen? Nobody has been talking about the software. Fear not, because Chronicwire’s Will Strafach has chimed in on the matter, claiming that iOS 5.1 has been “in a vigorous quality assurance phase for the past three weeks.”

Turns out, Apple and several select carriers and partners have been testing the new update in the run up to tomorrow’s unveil. Whether this means we’ll see the update tomorrow isn’t exactly clear, though. According to Strafach, the official release “should be in the coming days.”

The Internet’s inability to keep a secret has already revealed a few features being added to iOS 5.1, including Japanese language support in Siri and a new method for accessing the camera from the lock screen. But what else? Apple has managed to keep at least two other super secret features from being leaked, Strafach said.

Any guesses?

Strafach also claims that those testing the iOS 5.1 Gold Master have slightly different build numbers attached to their copies, possibly hinting at development on iOS 5.1.1. 9to5Mac said one of the unannounced features may be expanded Siri functionality, perhaps in the Remote App for AppleTV. Wait, isn’t there a rumor flying around about an AppleTV refresh coming? Well, wouldn’t that just be the most convenient of additions to iOS.

We’ll get all the definitive answers during tomorrow’s announcement.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...