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iOS 5.1 'Pre-GM' Seed Leaked? Camera Slider, Japanese Siri

BlogdoiPhone claims to have somehow obtained a "pre-GM" version of iOS 5.1. GM refers to Golden Master version of the software which is typically the final production version.

Only two new minor findings have been discovered. One is an ever-present camera icon on the lock screen of iOS 5.1. In present versions, the camera button only appears if you double-tap the home button. In this version of iOS 5.1, the camera icon is there at all times, but instead of a button, it's a slider.

Sliding up on the camera icon seems to reveal the Camera app that allows you to take photos without fully unlocking the iPhone. Presumably, this is quicker than the existing solution which actually requires the Camera app to be launched.

The other finding is the presence of a Japanese language setting in Siri. This has been rumored to be an impending feature for Siri.

Apple has been seeding developers with versions of iOS 5.1 beta for some time, but the last release was January 9th. Apple may be waiting to release iOS 5.1 alongside the new iPad which is expected on March 7th. We're not certain about the legitimacy of BlogdoiPhone's screenshots, but carriers presumably do get early builds that may not make it into developer betas.

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33 months ago
Woah, that camera slider is cool!
Rating: 31 Votes
33 months ago

I'm not sure if I like them shrinking the lock button like that. If I want the camera screen, I know to hit the home twice :/

Yeah, but many people don't know about this "double tap to camera" shortcut. Many times I see people asking me "What did you do there??", because they never imagined it was possible. With this, it will be quite obvious to everyone. ;)
Rating: 22 Votes
33 months ago
Not gonna lie, this looks awesome. Can March 7 come any slower!?
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago
So much awesome Apple news in one day!

Now please put a retina display iPad 3 in front of my eyes!
Rating: 14 Votes
33 months ago
I like it! Too many people don't know about the awesome little things like double tap for camera, and even multitasking..
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago
Today's been quite a ride.

Just when you think things start dragging along, it goes BOOM and better have your seatbelt fastened tight.

New OS X on the horizon, tons of new, incredible features on the horizon, iOS 5.1 with more incredible new features on the horizon, iPad 3 on the horizon...

It's pretty cool how Apple really catch you totally off-guard.
And the most amazing thing: you don't even know exactly, how they did it. Talk to a few journalists, quietly seed out some Mountain Lion previews, get everything into just the right position and all goes topsy-turvy.

Today was a good day!
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago
it's too bad you can't swap out the Camera app for another, such as Camera+ (for lock screen access, I mean).
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago

I don't understand the point of this solution.. Will there be additional upgrades soon?

What on earth are you talking about?

The camera button looks nice, but I won't update if it adds that address book access warning thing.

You'll be the only one.
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago
Provided this isn't fake/cut from the actual GM, this is a smart move. I know we all know that camera shortcut's there, but I lost count of how many people I've had to show it to. Apple doesn't point out that many things on first launch, and most people don't even read those. I mean, plenty of people don't even know the multitasking bar exists (depressing, I know!).
Rating: 11 Votes
33 months ago

nice features. But incredible? you might need to raise your bar a little.

:) Yeah maybe, but who cares. Today was great.
Rating: 9 Votes

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