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Apple releases iOS 5.1 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Following today’s iPad event, Apple has released iOS 5.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the release notes, the new version adds Japanese language support for Siri and the ability to delete photos from the Photo Stream. Additionally, the Camera shortcut is now always visible on the lock screen for the iPHone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch and improvements have been made to camera face detection to highlight all detected faced. The update also includes a redesigned Camera app for the iPad and adds support for Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers. Several other optimizations and bug fixes are noted including improvements to audio for TV shows and movies on the iPad, podcast controls for playback speed and skip back on the iPad as well as an updated AT&T network indicator and fixes for issues relating to battery life and audio dropouts on outgoing calls. iOS 5.1 is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, third-generation iPod touch, and fourth-generation iPod touch, and is available now via the update feature in iTunes or as an over-the-air update. To update your iOS device over-the-air, open Settings, tap on General, and tap on Software Update.

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Posted by beetsnotbeats in Toronto on March 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM (CST)


Good to see the various changes which iOS 5.1 brings and good to see they have addressed podcast issues but support for audiobooks in the Music App continues to be very poor. Compared to the previous iPod app this was and is a retrograde step particularly for audiobooks on iPads.

In the ‘old days’ to ensure that audiobooks remembered their position it was necessary to ensure that files were *.m4b. The introduction of the audiobook type and ‘remember playback position’ flag meant that .mp3 and .m4a files could also supported this feature.

The iPad Music app, unlike the iPhone version which does work (and shows time remaining) ignores this flag for *.m4a and .mp3 audiobook files. When you revisit listening to one of these you are dropped back to the beginning rather than where you were you previously listening. It does however seem to remember the position for .m4b files.

I can’t comment on whether chapter support on the iPad has been improved but the lack of information about it would make me think not. A much poorer experience for audiobooks on the iPad compared to the 5.1 implementation on the iPhone which does work. I hope that a subsequent release will address these iPad audiobook shortcomings.

Posted by Will in Toronto on March 10, 2012 at 7:18 AM (CST)


Sadly, Apple still ignores ability to play music video playlists, i.e. continuous play for music videos on iPad, on iOS 5.1, even after 3+ years of user complaints. It works on iPhones, so why can’t the same feature be included in iPad updates?

Posted by zack in Toronto on March 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM (CST)


“Sadly, Apple still ignores ability to play music video playlists, i.e. continuous play for music videos on iPad, on iOS 5.1, even after 3+ years of user complaints.”

That’s very impressive seeing as how the first iPad was released less than 2 years ago ;-)

Posted by Code Monkey in Toronto on March 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM (CDT)


Still no location based SIRI for Canada

Posted by canuck in Toronto on March 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM (CDT)


Since ios 5.1 my iPod Toush 3g will not remember audiobook playback position. If I listen to music then go back to audiobook it starts the book back at the beginning instead of where I left off. The file is an m4b and the option is selected to remember playback position. This worked prior to ios 5.1. I am very annoyed.

Posted by Aaron in Toronto on May 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM (CDT)


UPDATE: I have been able to resolve my audiobook playback position problem. Still very annoying but a solution nonetheless. Within iTunes I right click the file select ‘Get Info’ select Options tab and change Media Type from Audiobook to Music, let it save then go back in de-select both Remember Payback Position and Skip When Shuffling, let it save again. Then go back into the file a third time and change Media Type back to Audiobook and re-select both Remember Playback Position and Skip When Shuffling, let it save and all works well again. Whew!

So it appears that even though both flags are set and the file is m4b I needed to re-establish the settings by turning them off and back on again. Unfortunately when the media type is set to Audiobook the two options are greyed out so you need to change it to music file first.

Why is this happening to me? Not sure but it probably has something to do with the way I am converting the files. These particular books are downloaded from library through Overdrive as wma and converted to m4b through iTunes. There are so many other issues with Overdrive and iTunes I don’t doubt that the problem lies within there somewhere. In the past when I ripped audiobooks from CD and converted to m4b with iTunes I never ran into this problem of not remembering playback position.

Posted by Aaron in Toronto on May 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM (CDT)

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