iOS 5.1 Beta Headed Out to Developers
Some rumors emerged over the past couple weeks discussing plans for the release of iOS 5.0.2, supposedly including Apple’s second shot at fixing the battery life issues that have been troubling the company’s phones. According to the source, that release would be followed further down the road with iOS 5.1, which would bring with it new capabilities for Siri. Later, we re-visited that rumor with an update that 5.0.2 was supposedly delayed, and heard nothing new about 5.1. It seems like that source might have gotten his wires crossed, since Apple has gone ahead and is currently seeding the iOS 5.1 beta to registered developers.
We’ve yet to hear first-hand reports from devs who have had a chance to install the new build, but judging from the release notes available, there’s not much changing here: no mention of new Siri features, nor of a final solution to battery woes. Instead, we learn of some new API behaviors, the correction of a few small bugs (as well as the discovery of new ones), and see reminders to devs about changes to their toolsets.