iOS 5.1 iPhone 4S

After releasing several beta versions of iOS 5.1, today Apple made the new version of its mobile OS officially official. Apple says that iOS 5.1 brings with it "a number of new features and enhancements," which includes a redesigned Camera app with video stabilization tech, the ability to delete images from Photo Stream and Japanese support in both Siri and voice dictation. iPad owners will also gain hotspot functionality with iOS 5.1. The new software will be made available for download today along with iTunes 10.6.

Apple didn't touch on iOS 5.1 much during its event today, but it's good to see the new version of its mobile OS is finally going to be released and us non-developer folk will be able to try it out. We haven't heard anything yet about that rumored lock screen camera slider that surfaced last month, but we'll have to wait until iOS 5.1 actually begins rolling out to find out whether or not it's actually included. Speaking of rolling out, it's not clear when today we'll be able to begin downloading iOS 5.1, but we'll let you all know more when we do. If you've got an iDevice handy, be sure to give us a shout in the comments below if you're able to snag the new software!

iOS 5.1 changelog

UPDATE: As you can see above, iOS 5.1 is beginning to make its way to users, complete with an always-visible camera shortcut for the lock screen. You can find Apple's changelog for the update in the image above as well as in a handy bulleted list down below. Once you've got it installed, remember to swing by our comments section to let us know how iOS 5.1 is working for you!

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

Apple Launches New iPad

New iPad Features Retina Display, A5X Chip, 5 Megapixel iSight Camera & Ultrafast 4G LTE

SAN FRANCISCO-March 7, 2012-Apple® today introduced the new iPad®, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, featuring a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G connects to fast networks worldwide, including AT&T’s and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. Beginning today, iPad 2 will be offered at an even more affordable price starting at just $399.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

The new iPad’s Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2, so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a normal distance, making web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic. The 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV, and with 44 percent increased color saturation the new iPad displays colors that are unbelievably richer, deeper and more vivid. Movies are now capable of playing at full 1080p HD-resolution, delivering an incomparable viewing experience on a mobile device.

The powerful new A5X chip with quad-core graphics was specifically designed by Apple to deliver a fast, responsive user experience while supporting the incredible Retina display. With double the graphics performance of the A5 chip, the A5X provides a superb balance between performance and power efficiency so users can enjoy all the benefits of the stunning new display while experiencing a smooth Multi-Touch™ interface, immersive gameplay, incredible visual depth and all-day battery life that iPad is known for delivering.

The 5 megapixel iSight camera features advanced optics for taking stunning pictures and recording full HD video. Backside illumination allows you to take great photos in low-light conditions and a new video image stabilization feature removes the bumps and shakes typically seen when filming with a hand-held device. Images can be enjoyed on the large Retina display, then edited, enhanced and easily shared with friends and family using the built-in Photos app on iPad. 

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally. The world-ready iPad delivers blazing download and upload speeds so web pages load incredibly quickly and email with large attachments can be sent and received easily. Personal Hotspot can be used to share the fast network connection on your iPad with up to 5 other devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB**. 

With iOS 5.1, the latest update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, the new iPad has a number of new features and enhancements including: a redesigned Camera app with video stabilization technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; and Personal Hotspot. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that works seamlessly with your iPhone®, iPad, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically.

The new iPad also supports dictation, another amazing way to get things done just using your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens. Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

Apple also introduced the iPhoto® app, along with major updates to iMovie® and GarageBand®, completing its suite of iLife® apps for iOS. iLife and the iWork® apps, Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers®, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display. iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video, and GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.

iPad runs almost all of the over 585,000 apps available on the App Store™, including more than 200,000 native iPad apps, from a wide range of categories, including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store® puts the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalog of over 20 million songs, over 90,000 TV episodes and over 15,000 movies. The new iBooks® 2 app for iPad lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks created with Apple’s new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. 

iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today as free software updates. iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store ( Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers. By the end of March iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

**Personal Hotspot requires supporting data plan. Customers should check with their carrier for availability.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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"AT&T's iPhone 4S now shows "4G." Is HSPA+ really 4G?"

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Joey Colossus Jenrette
Joey Colossus Jenrette iPhone 4S(shit) can suck my Samsung Galaxy Note's left nut
Mansour Ali
Mansour Ali I have an android phone not because I'm all for Android or hate iPhones just like the phone does what i need and for a nice price i watch a lot of videos and movies and like the bigger phones Android has both Android and iPhones have the same problems and same good points depends on who's holding the phone
Andres Barroeta
Andres Barroeta No is not , will be when lte comes available
Michael Alvarado Castellano
Michael Alvarado Castellano Im happy with the 4G now showing on my iPhone I believe that at&t is not bull shitting us cause just think about it at&t is rolling out with all these 4G phone and they are just coming out and the iPhone 4S is there newest iPhone so I believe that my phone is running on 4G and I really like it
Randoll Suarez
Randoll Suarez 3G.5
Brandon Ashwood
Brandon Ashwood I've had ios products and have always used apple software and I seem to be more partial to Android on many levels but I think the price of ipads are ridiculous and the same with some Android tabs
Brandon Ashwood
Brandon Ashwood Lame
Paul Alexandru
Paul Alexandru This is incredible...every fandroi here calls here iOS users sheep in more than half the comments, LISTEN, ASSHOLES:....I HAVEN'T SEEN a SINGLE IOS USeR TALK LIKE THAT ABOUT YOU, doing it here shows how educated you are....pathetic, GO FUCK OFF HERE if you don't like the iPhone
Chris Robato
Chris Robato HSPA+ is not 4G. Especially when said phone only attains 14.4mbs (phones in 2007 already attain this). Its not even 21 or 42mbs which are the current standards for HSPA+. I simply hate lying and liars.
Justin Edwards
Justin Edwards Not 4g. AT&T throttles you as well
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz @Zach No what's more worse its that u are complaining about it. And u call them annoying. By saying they are more annoying u are Also doing it too by complaining about it. If u dont like it then just ignore it.
Mick de Raad
Mick de Raad Pretty much just Apple wanting more money by saying their Iphone magicly turned into a 4G device.
Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper Does hspa+ count as 4g? Does a cat count as a dog?
Rick Conrad
Rick Conrad Anyone know why iphone has wallpapers? You can't see them sooooo am I missing somthin
Ayoub Hage
Ayoub Hage Hey Aaron can you do a dogfight between a Pitbull and a Staffy
Brandon Le
Brandon Le Ervin Esteban, thanks to you, there is another person coming closer to getting a Windows Phone. You've made it worse. Pat yourself of the back. Zach, agreed. These "Fandroids" have gotten worse than "apple fanboys". Why can't they just pay attention to their own devices instead of looking for/at others? They think they can just stereotype a person based off of the tech they carry around. How ignorant. I have met some pretty stupid Android users. Should I call the entire android community stupid just because of those select people? Seriously, they need to glue their faces to their phones, both "Fandroids" and "Apple-fanboys" and look at the money they spent. Sick of it all...
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Fandroids are about ten times worse than any apple fanboy. If they find out if you own an iPhone they tell you it's because you're too stupid to comprehend " real technology"
Marrion Bell
Marrion Bell nooooooo because my tmobile 3g gets 3.7 so thts slow
Ernest Marvin Esteban
Ernest Marvin Esteban
Brandon Le
Brandon Le It's like arguing religion seriously. The more I see people argue about it, the more I am turned away from such religion. The more people argue for android or iPhone... The more I turn away from such platform. Y'all seriously make me want to move to windows phone. Tired of it all. They are not as bad as y'all. They actually choose the phone they want and don't go through all this hype fanboy-ism.
Brandon Le
Brandon Le To all the people suggesting that all iPhone users are "sheep": I would like to tell you a few things. I am tired of all your bulls**t. Y'all have become the very thing that kept me away from apple so long; an annoying b*tchy everything-of-mine-is-better fan club. All this is completely redundant. The constant acceleration of these nerd wars sicken me. Get the f**king phone you want and don't stereotype those who own differently. To be good at tech, one must understand and comprehend the differences and similarities, the good and bad of each device. No product is and will ever be perfect. Understand that for once. So Android users quit calling everyone a "Apple fanboy" and apple users stop thinking your so high and mighty. Both sides are of bad reputation now because of the constant stupidity that I see everyday on sites like these. Devices are of personal preference. It's not your money, it's theirs. Let them spend it however the f**k they want. Peace.
Karl D. Green
Karl D. Green 3.5G is more like it.
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson The iPhone 4s tops out at HSPA 14.4 Mbps; so I'd say no. Technically HSPA+ (fake 4G) starts at HSPA 21.1 Mbps and up. So AT&T is lying on two fronts. The iPhone 4s doesn't even meet the requirements of fake 4G (HSPA+).
Francis San Pedro
Francis San Pedro I'll wait for an LTE iPhone, jailbreak it and tether.
Robert Wellington Clubine III
Robert Wellington Clubine III I cannot get it to update.
Justin Plecko
Justin Plecko It's only a symbol for the generation of the technology. The fcc has deemed that hspa+ is a 4th generation technology.
Joseph Alan Richardson
Joseph Alan Richardson ahh apple. Lying to your customers again i see :) I'm so glad i am not a sheep. :)
Steven William Oestreich
Steven William Oestreich I get great speeds on just 3G on AT&T. I get about 6-10 Mbps just on 3G.
Tanner Schmitz
Tanner Schmitz Fuck AT&T sucks!! They took over alltel here and alltel had good service! Now no on can make a call in Walmart. Or any other building for that matter. Rip alltel. :( happy Verizon iPhone owner now :)
Ysidro Fernandez
Ysidro Fernandez nope...
Zaben Hashish
Zaben Hashish Only T-Mobiles since its speeds of Hspa+ is faster
Brandon Le
Brandon Le Zach, thanks!
Kong Yang
Kong Yang Some BS to make isheeps think they have 4G so they can use it in their pathetic argument and make them feel better about owning an inferior device. True even LTE isn't true 4G, but it's 5-10 faster than the iphone's "4G".
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon Yeah I was wondering why it said 4g am I being charged for it or is it a fail
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Attempting to download now!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Brandon mine got it. It can depend on your time zone though.
Ken Post
Ken Post Stupid Verizon for not adopting that tech. Ill now have to wait two years for 4g oh well better then having an android
Chris Northcutt
Chris Northcutt HSPA + seems to me to be a lot like WIMAX when I had a Sprint Samsung Epic phone. Now I have a HSPA + phone with ATT and it has about the same download speeds which are usually 2-4 MPS. This is more than enough speed for my phone to do what I need it to.
Mustafa Sidiqee
Mustafa Sidiqee NO!
Brandon Le
Brandon Le Your*
Brandon Le
Brandon Le Will Verizon iPhones get this update? I've checked updates and it says " You iPhone is up to date" - 5.0.1.
Michael Garcia
Michael Garcia I have a friend from Korea that laughs at me all the time for my 3G device because he knows that infrastructure for 5G has already started there....Ha! Now I'll fool him by showing him my all new super super iPhone 4S 4G!!!
Steve Moore
Steve Moore No
Sarri Alsunna
Sarri Alsunna faux4G
Zakari Ghachi
Zakari Ghachi even a fast turtle will be called 4G
DErek Awayan
DErek Awayan 4G at less than 1500mah battery? They will be exhausting their phone. Nah, Apple is just afraid of leaving behind with other android devices's technology. :)
Micah Watkins
Micah Watkins I get fast speeds on my Galaxy S phone which has HSPA+ so i say it's 4G.
Jesse Pitt
Jesse Pitt I have ATT hspa+ here I always get about 8 to 10 megs out of it.... Now on my old blackberry whick was 3g best I ever did was I'm not complaing. ..
Austin Mutschler
Austin Mutschler If they call HSPA+ 4G then lets just start calling CDMA and GSM networks 4G. While where at it, the brick I owned years ago was 4G.
Robert Manser
Robert Manser My Rezound 6G is blazing fast.
Rob McGrady
Rob McGrady should show 3.5G
Steve Hirjak
Steve Hirjak Depends on the speed.
Enrique Fdez
Enrique Fdez Lies of at&t
Richard Ameen
Richard Ameen Who cares? If you get 4G speeds its 4G. The number and G only means generation anyways, doesnt mean speed. For all we know 5G could be slower than 2G
Daniel Cuadrado
Daniel Cuadrado LTE is LTE not 4G so yes HAPA+ is 4G.
Aharon Delacruz
Aharon Delacruz Steve would have never agreed to go with this marketing lie!
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Nope
Alex Robledo
Alex Robledo AT&T's 14 mbps HSPA+ is a sad excuse for 4G. T-Mobile's 21 and 42 mbps network is a more accurate description of '4G'.
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Hopefully Verizon will buy into this. Just got my iPhone 4S yesterday and already can't wait for 4G coverage. Way to go AT&T!
Miguel Leonce
Miguel Leonce At&t is a rip off..continue robbing customers with fake advertising complaining about data rates etc
Mathew Frump
Mathew Frump Installing it right meow!
Bradley Larcher
Bradley Larcher So could it be that at&t is advertising fake 4g lte? Lol
Ian Baba ORiley Marks
Ian Baba ORiley Marks nope.avi its no different than 3g lol...
Joe Zazueta
Joe Zazueta AT&T still sucks just another reason for them to say we are using more data and screaw us over more...
Douglas Massell
Douglas Massell Who cares, at least its still better than regular 3G
David Harness
David Harness Yes, yes it is.
Jason King
Jason King It's the at&t shimmy.
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas @norman sorry man Verizon don't have HSPA+ so the Verizon iPhone will only say 3G
Norman Chan
Norman Chan what about iphone 4s for verizon?
Jose Be Julme
Jose Be Julme I like this update. Cool!
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas HSPA+ is a joke and far from 4g LTE that there is just apple kissing ass....pussies
Jeff Alamillo
Jeff Alamillo Sometimes
Glenn Serrano Jr
Glenn Serrano Jr That's awesome. After I literally just jailbroke my iPhone a week ago. Smh.
Saber Mlayeh
Saber Mlayeh when i ses such corrections for previous problems on the iPhone, i can only Say that even Apple can't do it straight at 100% !!! Si i wiki keep my lumia ans wait for w8; then a comparison will set my new forever company ;)
Austin Wirl
Austin Wirl heck no
DaVion Woodard
DaVion Woodard yes
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos Nope but at least T-Mo's HSPA+ is faster than AT&T's
Bill Moran
Bill Moran ATT is just spinning their lies again
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz I think it is 4g lte lol
Brandon Worley
Brandon Worley What a joke....couldn't be further away from 4g... I'm sure many att cust will fall for it
Thomas Matthews
Thomas Matthews No we have hspa+ in the UK but we don't have 4g. It's more like 3g+.
Adem Evmez
Adem Evmez This has made me just download 5.1 for my iPad! Thankyou!!
Ivan Mendoza
Ivan Mendoza I love my new 4G logo
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner nope. great, apple is making their customers more retarded by making them think they have 4g. wonderful
Hubert John Abiera
Hubert John Abiera Well, T-Mobile has that 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. I would count that as 4G, but the ones lower than that should be a 3G+ or something.
Tony Valadez
Tony Valadez Its 4G's retarded cousin
Herman Anthony Colon
Herman Anthony Colon it has 4G like speeds and HSPA+ can go up to 600mbps
Tariqul Iblis
Tariqul Iblis Nah-ah.
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio BWAHAHAHA~ No.
Marshall Albright
Marshall Albright Are we really having this conversation again? Circa 2010...
Nain El Fuego Romero
Nain El Fuego Romero Not AT&T's. I get 20+mbps on T-Mobile hspa+ network
Jeff Hollins
Jeff Hollins No.Hspa is slow.. True 4g is Lte
Orrin Tall
Orrin Tall Wanna be 4G
Stephen Parker
Stephen Parker Lulz
Freddy Rafael Hernandez
Freddy Rafael Hernandez nope

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