Apple iOS 6.1 Launched


Apple released the first major update to its software this year, by rolling out the iOS 6.1 for a handful of devices. By that we mean iPhone 5, iPad mini, 3rd Generation iPad, and 4th Generation iPad. In terms of features, the new software update doesn't really add that much, at least not for the WiFi-only variants of iPad. To begin with, support is added for LTE on 36 carriers, for the iPhone 5, and on 23 carriers for the iPad (3rd and 4th Gen., mini, cellular+WiFi). Moving on, iTunes Match users can download individual tracks from iCloud, a feature request that was on high demand.

US-based users can up their laziness convenience a little more, as Siri can now book movie tickets over Fandango. In addition, an undescribed contingent of security updates were added. The update is free and over the air (carrier charges apply if downloaded over cellular connections). Either wait for your device to check for updates at the frequency you prefer, or go to Settings > General > Software Update, to look for and begin the roughly 80 MB update.

Apple today updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world, so even more iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad* with Retina display users can experience ultrafast wireless performance to browse, download and stream content at blazing fast speeds. To date, iOS users have uploaded over nine billion photos to Photo Stream, sent over 450 billion iMessages and received over four trillion notifications.

"iOS 6 is the world's most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads."

iOS 6 features include Siri, which supports more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Maps with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place. Additional updates in iOS 6.1 include the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the US through Fandango, and iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.

The revolutionary App Store offers more than 800,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps. App Store customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, and Apple has paid over seven billion dollars to its incredible developer community. Customers can choose from apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health & fitness and travel.

iOS 6.1 is available as a free software update today. iOS 6.1 is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (third and fourth generation), iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth and fifth generation). Some features may not be available on all products.