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iOS 5.0.2 Coming Soon to Address Battery Issues? iOS 5.1 to Bring New Siri Integration?

German site Macerkopf reports [Google translation] that Apple is working on two separate software updates for iOS 5, looking at both near-term battery fixes and longer-term improvements to Siri. Macerkopf tells us:
iOS 5.0.2 coming very soon, solving the battery bugs. Should arrive before the end of next week. Apple is working hard on the update. In addition Apple ist working on the first big iOS 5 Update (iOS 5.1), bringing some siri-extensions. Also the Siri hardware-control is in work "take a picture", "make a video", "switch on/off WiFi", "switch on/off BT" and more.
According to the report, a new update presumably coming as iOS 5.0.2 is set to be released "no later than next week" to address continued battery life issues even after last week's release of iOS 5.0.1 intended to target those problems. A release next week would be a fast turnaround given that there has not yet been any sign of developer testing for an iOS 5.0.2, although iOS 5.0.1 spent only about a week in testing as Apple rushed to release the update to the public.


Beyond the near-term battery fixes, the source also suggests that Apple is working hard on enhancements to the Siri functionality of the iPhone 4S, with the update apparently set to come early next year in a more significant software update probably dubbed iOS 5.1. The report points to Apple's Siri FAQ to note that additional language support and expansion of maps and local search to new countries will be included in the update. In addition, Apple is said to be looking at a significant expansion of Siri's capabilities for controlling iOS devices, implementing commands for such tasks as taking photos and videos, and turning connectivity such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on and off.

Macerkopf has not been a frequent source of rumors regarding Apple's plans, and thus the report should be taken with some skepticism, but the claims do seem to line up with Apple's priorities of addressing continuing battery issues and increasing the functionality of the flagship feature of the new iPhone 4S.

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35 months ago
"Siri, can you send a message to Steve Jobs in the iCloud?"
Rating: 58 Votes
35 months ago
Bluetooth on/off is something I have wanted on the multi-tasking bar for an age. Siri makes sense for doing this instead.

Just need a 4S now...
Rating: 19 Votes
35 months ago

A toggle for wifi/bluetooth! Would also be nice to have it in notifications something already available for JB phones!


This.

Who wants to tell their phone to turn Wifi/Bluetooth/Airplane Mode/etc. to turn on/off???

Just please give me some buttons down in the multi-tasking tray or the Notifications shade.

Sincerely,
T
Rating: 15 Votes
35 months ago
5.0.1 fixed my battery problems. Been using my phone since 8 this morning - at 68%. Not too bad. hope 5.0.2 doesn't bring the drainage back!
Rating: 12 Votes
35 months ago

This.

Who wants to tell their phone to turn Wifi/Bluetooth/Airplane Mode/etc. to turn on/off???

Just please give me some buttons down in the multi-tasking tray or the Notifications shade.

Sincerely,
T


Thank you for not being a designer at Apple.
Although it does beg the question of how (if Siri is dependent on network connection) one would turn wifi back ON once its off.
Seems that that indicates that they might be putting a bit more local logic into Siri?
Rating: 11 Votes
35 months ago

Hopefully "lower/raise my brightness/volume" is added as well.


Why would you need lower/raise volume? You have buttons on your Iphone to do that...
I so hope that when you ask siri to do that that she will answer that you are being lazy. :p
Rating: 11 Votes
35 months ago

I haven't even updated to 5.0.1 yet, I was getting pretty bad battery but not terrible like some people. Out of nowhere in the past two days my battery has been dying close to 10% an hour on standby. This is ridiculous, and I can't fathom why this problem has just started out of nowhere if I haven't been doing anything different. To me that would seem to suggest some hardware issue?

Now I'm getting annoyed. The no audio on outgoing calls problem intermittently, and now this terrible battery.


Shouldn't you be updating to the latest version of iOS instead of complaining about your problems first? It's over the air now, what's your excuse? Afraid you won't have something to complain about? lol
Rating: 9 Votes
35 months ago
Hopefully "lower/raise my brightness/volume" is added as well.
Rating: 9 Votes
35 months ago

First and foremost I wish for haptic feedback. Second I would like Siri to be able to turn on and off mute for the phone instead of that damn small switch on the side of the phone which is a you know what to reach with a case on the phone. *crosses fingers*


Really? You're going to mute your phone by SPEAKING to it and having it reply out loud "I will now mute your iPhone, devnu11."

:confused::confused::confused:

:D

Sincerely,
Wannabe Apple Designer, T
Rating: 9 Votes
35 months ago
Okay, the first 5.0 update? Okay, Apple so use this chance to give us a "CLOSE ALL APPS" button!!! It would save so much time and prove mightily useful!
Rating: 9 Votes

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