It’s almost a given at this point that we’ll see iOS 5.1 in the near future. Apple’s already seeded multiple 5.1 betas to developers, and the company has a tendency to release iOS updates alongside new products — which we should see tomorrow.

But information about the software has been fairly scarce lately. It’s been nearly two months since the last beta was released, and just as long since we’ve heard of any new developments. So what’s the deal? Apparently, Apple has been testing the heck out of it…

Chronic Wire reports:

“The Gold Master build of iOS 5.1 has been in a vigorous quality assurance phase for the past three weeks, with extensive testing being done internally by Apple has well as by various carriers/partners.”

It would make sense that Apple would want to test the new software extensively considering all of the bugs iOS 5 has encountered since it was released to the public last fall. The “battery bug” issue, in particular, has been widely documented, and our fingers are crossed that Apple has finally found a fix.

While we assume iOS 5.1 will employ new features, we’re not quite sure what to expect. Last month we saw purported “leaked” screen shots of the software which showed off a revamped Lock screen camera button, and a new Japanese option for Siri. But otherwise we’ve basically been in the dark.

It’s worth noting that Chronic Wire, run by Chronic Dev founder, Chronic, has been fairly accurate with Apple information in the past. The site was responsible for leaking the infamous OtterBox iPhone 4S packaging, and factory-unlocked iPhone 4 availability.

If this report holds true, then we should see iOS 5.1 GM seeded to developers in the next couple of days, and a public release within the next week or two.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully iOS 5.1 will be available tomorrow.

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      Hopefully iOS 5.1 will be available tomorrow and jailbroken by Thursday

      • Siv

        Or it will come tomorrow pre-jailbroken…

      • Or apple will package it and Put it up in on cydia

  • If it wasn’t for all of the new features like iCloud, Siri, iTunes Match,and Notification Center, I would’ve stayed on iOS 4. I’ve been having a huge issue with SMS. Battery life not so much. My drain was just as fast on my 4S as my iPhone 4.

    Also there shouldn’t be two back up/sync options as in “Do I want to back up/sync to iCould or my computer?” I want both. Internet connection might not always be available.

    • Anonymous

      You can!
      Right click your device in iTunes, then select create backup.

      • That does a full backup, which takes forever. Plus it’s not automatic.

        Ad@m

  • iOS 5.1 doesn’t exist as far as I’m concerned, until its jailbroken.

  • There are going to have to be some real gems in iOS5.1 to get me to upgrade! I have just about got the tweeks I like working nice on my 4S. The thought of stock again for months is horrific!!!!

  • I don’t see why Apple doesn’t allow us to have root access. I would pay up to $99 for root access on top of the price of the phone.
    Anywho… I need NC quick toggles and much better Siri before I even think about not jail breaking. And don’t even get me started on themes! Apple would make an absolute fortune if they implemented themes! And it would be super easy! just have a function in Settings be able to replace UI png’s and shared artwork files manually. Bam! It would be soO easy!

    I’d write the program myself if I knew how…

  • Wouldn’t it be nice if Siri came out of beta & released to all devices, I’ve got a LONG time before my next upgrade.

    • Siv

      Nice but highly unlikely.

  • Cloudi Windi

    Doesn’t matter when will it release. As long as Dream Team work fast in jailbreaking and hope tweaks in 5.0.1 work with 5.1. xD

  • Anonymous

    I hope they fix the dreaded battery issue, but knowing Apple, most of us are as lost as iPhone 3G users on 4.2.1 -.-

  • Anonymous

    I really hope the jailbreak is stable……………And immediately released. Hopefully the Devs have been working on an exploit. 5.0.1 sucks.