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iOS 5.1 Makes Photos and Photo Stream better



Tim Cook and company didn’t spend much time going over iOS 5.1 features aside from adding Japanese to Siri. There are some pretty big changes to PhotoStream and how iPhones and iPads take photos.

The camera button is now on the lock screen at all times. You no longer have to double tap the home button to make the icon appear. Now all you have to do is slide the camera icon up the screen to launch the camera. This will help iPhone users quickly snap photos without having to swipe to unlock, double tapping the home button or punching in a passcode.

iOS 5.1 lock screen

The new sliding camera icon even seems to work a bit faster than the old method did. At least itseems to work faster on the iPhone 4 with a fresh iOS 5.1 install.

The only strange part of the new feature is that swiping down fro the camera when using the slider doesn’t bring down Notification Center. Instead it just slides the lock screen back down. Presumably that’s for security reasons, but it happens even if you don’t use a passcode for security.

iOS 5.1 also brings in the option to delete individual photos from Photo Stream. Now you can remove all those screenshots or saved background images from Photo Stream easily. Deleting a photo in Photo Stream on one device should remove the images from all of them. Although so far we’ve had to individually delete each photo on each device. That’s probably just because we were impatient, though.



  1. Clw

    03/07/2012 at 3:37 pm

    When deleting image from photo stream on iPad2 it says “Deleting will only remove from this device.”  I can’t find a setting to change this so it would appear the photos will live on with your other devices.  This doesn’t solve the problem of not wanting certain images shared through the stream.  We need the option to delete across all devices.

    • Manishrana50

      03/07/2012 at 4:17 pm

      Yes. I think we can only delete on individual devices. 
      This is not a very good approach.

  2. Saukavenue

    03/07/2012 at 11:36 pm

    Actually for me it works. Go to the “Photos” app on iPhone, browse your photo stream folder, delete an image and a message will warn you “deleting this image will delete it from all your devices”. 10 seconds after…. the picture disappeared from my iPhoto on my macbook.

  3. Gerry

    03/08/2012 at 6:15 am

    Hello, photos taken via photo stream after the installation of IOS 5.1 will be removed from all of your devices but photos taken prior to IOS 5.1 in the photo stream will only be removed from the current device your using.  Hope this helps everyone.

  4. Stubbs32

    03/11/2012 at 3:38 am

    I can only delete photo stream pics, since the last two updates I’ve not been able to delete any other pics on my phone as there is no delete button, someone plz help

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