It doesn’t take Apple very long to start bringing out updates for iOS, and now the time has come for a developer beta of iOS 5.1. The beta of iOS 5.1 is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and the third and fourth generation iPod touch devices.
The new build follows the company’s recent release of 5.0.1 which was aimed at fixing a couple of important bugs, including the iPhone 4S battery issue that still appears to be affecting some users.
Early on, there were reports that suggested that 5.1 would bring new features to Siri including hardware controls which will allow iPhone 4S users to adjust Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios through the voice-controlled assistant. For now it appears like the new version of iOS does not bring these changes.
The release notes of the software, which comes to us courtesy of BGR, do not reveal any major features at all.
The update looks to be a minor one that is coming with fixes for issues affecting Music Player, Newsstand and Game Center. There are also some changes in the APIs and iCloud storage.
What is interesting is that the folks over at 9to5Mac have discovered reference to two new iPad models, “iPad 2,4” and “iPad 3,3”, in the beta software.
The iPad 2,4 is thought to be a new version of the iPad 2 that might get released on Sprint’s 3G network. As you might know, 3G iPads are only available on AT&T and Verizon in the US. The tablet may also be a version meant for other networks around the world.
For those that were hoping for some major changes in this version, it seems you will have to wait a little longer. Perhaps in iOS 5.2, Apple will grant our wish and add hardware controls to Siri.