Apple released the iPad iOS 5.1 firmware on March 7, 2012.
Apple has some tricks up its sleeve when it comes to the iPad keyboard in iOS 5. The addition of the split keyboard was helpful for people who enjoy typing with two hands while holding the iPad vertically. In this manner thumbs can more easily be used much like on the iPhone.
Now Finer Things in iOS has pointed out that there are actually hidden keys when typing in this mode. The keys found on the inside edge of the split keyboard are repeated on the opposite side, even though there's no key depicted.
Apple released the iOS 5.0 update on Wednesday October 12, 2011. On your computer, right-click the link below to download the official IPSW file to restore firmware on the Verizon iPad 2.
Siri will only work on the iPhone 4S.
Apple has integrated a voice assistant into iOS 5, and although the iPad and iPad 2 can be updated to iOS 5 the voice assistant will not be included on these devices. Siri will be a feature exclusive to the iPhone 4S only.
Apple is not likely to charge for the iOS 5 update, however there has been no official word from the company. Original iPad owners were promised that the update to iOS 4 would be free of charge.
In contrast, earlier iPhone OS updates to the iPod touch had a price of $10. Recent updates from Apple on these devices have been free.
Apple has yet to charge iPhone, iPad or iPad 2 owners for an iOS update. It seems that Apple is moving away from charging for the mobile operating system as most of the profits come from other sources such as hardware sales and the App Store.
Apple has announced that both the original iPad and iPad 2 will be compatible with iOS 5 firmware.
Reports based on beta developer versions of iOS 5 have indicated that Apple may reserve some functions such as new multi-finger gestures for the iPad 2 only. Also as is the case with iOS 4, any software having to do with the cameras on the iPad 2 will not function on the original iPad.
iOS 5 will be released in fall 2011 and brings over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates to the iPad and iPad 2.
So far, Apple has released a major update to the iOS mobile operating system every time a new iPhone hits stores. Release dates so far have typically been seen every summer, with the exception of the iPhone 4S, released in October 2011.
iOS / iPhone OS Release Dates
(iPhone OS) iOS 1.0: Friday June 29, 2007
(iPhone OS) iOS 2.0: Friday July 11, 2008
(iPhone OS) iOS 3.0: Wednesday June 17, 2009
iOS 4.0: Monday June 21, 2010
iOS 5: Wednesday October 12, 2011