Leaked iOS 5.1 “Pre-GM” Build Reveals New Camera Slider, Japanese Siri Support

Leaked iOS 5.1 “Pre-GM” Build Reveals New Camera Slider, Japanese Siri Support

While registered developers have already been testing iOS 5.1 betas for some time, it seems the firmware holds several new features that Apple is yet to release to developers. A leaked “pre-GM” build has reportedly been obtained by a Brazilian iPhone blog, which reveals a new camera slider for the lock screen, and support for the Japanese language within Siri.

BlogdoiPhone claims to have a pre-Gold Master build of iOS 5.1. Gold Master is typically the final beta release before the public software is launched. While there are no major changes lurking within, there are a few subtle updates.

The camera button that appears on the lock screen under iOS 5 when you double-tap the home button is now gone. In its place is a camera slider, which you simply slide up to access the camera app. And you don’t need to tap the home button — the slider is always present.

Leaked iOS 5.1 “Pre-GM” Build Reveals New Camera Slider, Japanese Siri Support

Additionally, there is said to be support for the Japanese language within Siri on the iPhone 4S, which recent rumors have claimed would soon appear.

Despite months of beta testing, Apple’s iOS 5.1 public release still doesn’t appear to be close. It is believed that the company may be waiting to launch the update alongside its iPad 3, which is expected to appear on March 7.

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  • Eduardo Viero

    Could it be an evidence that the next iPhone wont have the traditional home button anymore?

  • Skywaytraffic

    Mind = Blown

  • Terrance Shaw

    Regardless of the next iPhone’s home button presence or lack thereof, this’d be huge in the pursuit of increasing the life of the home button on current devices.

  • dale2000

    I think the article is implying that you don’t need to double-tap the Home button to make the Camera slider icon appear.  I’d imagine you’d still need to tap the Home button to make the “slide to unlock” slider to appear… otherwise your screen would always be on, and people already have enough reason to complain about their battery.

  • Andrew Vaz

    You don’t need to tap the home button for the slider to appear, the power button also provides that function

  • dale2000

    Yes it does, but it does not make the camera button appear. At least, not in 5.0.1.

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