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iOS 5.1 released early for developers

iOS 5.1 released early for developers

Apple has released the first developer beta for iOS 5.1, making it the first real update since iOS 5 was released last month. A minor update, 5.0.1, was released earlier this month with the goal of addressing user's poor battery performance. There is much speculation that 5.1 will include updates to Siri, the iPhone 4S voice assistant, that will let users give instructions like turning on off settings like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Retina Display reference for iPad 3 uncovered in iOS 5 developer code

Retina Display reference for iPad 3 uncovered in iOS 5 developer code

It has been recently reported by Digitimes that their electronics supplier-based contacts state that Apple is currently in the works of prototyping two versions of the third-generation iPad, or iPad 3. The site says the third-gen iPads have been codenamed J1 and J2, and based on code strings from 9 to 5 Mac, it's at least likely that the iPad codenamed J2 mentioned in the report may come with a Retina Display, as well as a dual LED-bar system to power the high-resolution display, which have already graced Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models.

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Apple may release iOS 5.0.2 for battery fix and iOS 5.1 for new Siri features

Apple may release iOS 5.0.2 for battery fix and iOS 5.1 for new Siri features

A new rumor claims that Apple will be releasing an iOS 5.0.2 update next week to fix the still lingering iPhone 4S battery issues. The report comes from German site Macerkopf.de citing an alleged Apple software engineer, who also claims that Apple will be releasing a major update to iOS 5.1 by year-end that will bring many new changes related to the Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant app.

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Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone 7 has apparently overtaken RIM's BlackBerry OS to be the third most interesting platform for app developers, according to new research, with Microsoft's partnership with Nokia a key driving factor. Apple's iOS remains in the top spot for developer attention, Appcelerator's Q4 2011 report suggests, with 91-percent of those coders questioned reporting that they were "very interested" in creating iPhone apps; in contrast, 38-percent said the same about Windows Phone 7, with 28-percent saying they were keen to code for the Nokia Lumia 800 in particular.

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iTunes Match library reset signals imminent launch

iTunes Match library reset signals imminent launch

Apple's long promised iTunes Match feature may finally be nearing launch after the company missed its end of October deadline. Developers received notice today that Apple will be resetting and erasing their iCloud libraries on November 12 at 10AM PST so that the company can prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, although it did not specify when the service would publicly debut.

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iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 battery fix falls short

iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 battery fix falls short

Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update looks to have been a smooth first test of the company's new OTA distribution system, but feedback on whether it has addressed widespread battery problems is less positive. Apple Support Forums are awash with owners complaining that the issue - where an iPhone running iOS 5 sees faster than expected battery drain - remains or, in some cases, has apparently been made worse with the new patch.

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iOS 5 hides Android-style autocorrect bar for keyboard

iOS 5 hides Android-style autocorrect bar for keyboard

Having used both Android and iOS smartphones over the years, I have some experience with the autocorrect systems on both devices for typing. The common theme is that both autocorrect systems seem to be out to make us look like idiots much of the time. If you prefer the look of the Android autocorrect bar to the one in iOS, you can turn on an Android-style version on your iOS 5 smartphone.

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