Testing on iOS 5.1 Golden Master Reportedly Complete Ahead of iPad 3 Launch

ios5 iconAccording to Chronic Wire, iOS 5.1 has satisfied the requirements of Apple's quality assurance testing and is now ready to be released to the public, presumably just prior to the iPad 3 launch within the next few weeks. The report claims that iOS 5.1 is now in the golden master stage with build 9B176 being the final build to be issued for public release.

The build number of iOS 5.1 Gold Master is 9B176 according to a very solid source, although three different partners who are testing the Gold Master claim to have slightly (by single digits) higher builds numbers on their copies, I'm assuming that's because right now it'd make sense for those people to be testing what will soon be released as 5.1.1, so I've disregarded the claims.

The quality assurance phase for iOS 5.1 is said to have taken place over the past three weeks, with work by Apple and its carrier partners to ensure that as many bugs as possible have been eliminated.

iOS 5.1 reportedly includes Japanese Siri support and a new camera slider, as well two other significant features that have yet to be revealed to the public.

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sulpfiction Avatar
133 months ago
NFC?
1080 Support?

NFC cannot be implemented in just a software update.
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Patriot24 Avatar
133 months ago
Also, the sky is blue.
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sulpfiction Avatar
133 months ago
Here's hoping that my 4S battery indicator will still be green after 7pm. :rolleyes:
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MasterHowl Avatar
133 months ago
I hope Siri becomes fully functional in the UK... I can't wait for the day I can say, "hey, Siri, how do I get home from here?" :D
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Branskins Avatar
133 months ago
And you can delete photos from PhotoStream don't forget!
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Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
133 months ago
The Apple 'QAT' (Quality Assurance Test)

Q1. Is it Awesome?

A. Yes.

Passed.
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