Apple releases iOS 6.1; new features, kills bugs

Apple releases iOS 6.1; new features, kills bugs
On Monday afternoon, after 5 beta versions. iOS 6.1 was released by Apple. The update brings more carrier support for 4G LTE and includes a new feature that allows Siri to buy your movie tickets using Fandango. The update also returns the ability of iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. This function had been removed in a previous update. 36 new carriers have 4G LTE support for the Apple iPhone and 23 now have it for the Apple iPad following the update. These carriers are in countries and regions like Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, the Philippines and the Middle East.

Apple iOS 6.1 also makes some minor changes in how boarding passes are stored in Passbook and some adjustments are made to Safari. As we told you previously, the music controls on the lock screen are set up differently to make them easier to use. Apple's mapping software will also be the subject of some much needed improvements as well.

One bug that was repaired fixed a problem that was causing the JavaScript setting on the iPhone to change without any input from the phone's owner. This problem came about after Apple added "Smart App Banners" to iOS 6. If a specific app is not found on an iPhone, a banner directs the user to install the app. While helpful to app developers, it was not helpful to Apple iPhone users who saw their JavaScript settings change on their own. The update also allows you to reset your Advertising Identifier which controls how advertisers track your movements on the web using Safari. You can find the feature by going to Settings > General > About > Advertising.

The update to iOS was the first one since iOS 6.0.2 in the middle of last month. That update removed the static lines from the virtual QWERTY, killed a bug that prevented the Apple iPhone from receiving OTA updates, and one that deleted meetings from calendars. Today's update was pushed out OTA and also via iTunes. To see if you have received it, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The update is about 107MB in size although Apple suggests that you have 1GB of storage available, and takes 30 minutes to install using Wi-Fi. Once you install it, you will have to re-boot and re-enter some passwords for features like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime.

source: CNET, PCMag

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66 Comments

62. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Correction IOs 6.1 has more bugs then 6.0. I work for verizon and we are told not to update to 6.1. Biggest reason 9 out of 10 corporate emails won sync with 6.1 so be warned if your employment needs corporate email stay away. Just another reason why not to get Apple

55. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

the best os is bb10 because of qnx, too bad app world is small but serious people might like it

49. windy

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Sunspider benchmark gives 900 on the ios 6.1. An improvement over 914.

48. bransablan

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

to me IOS is not the best operating system, atleast on ice cream sandwich all your apps can work together and are given functionality such as sharing to all apps on facebook twitter instagram and many others.... Rather than just put on home screen, or email, or message, or just facebook and twitter... Another thing too is widgets, without widgets youre missing something

38. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

what about the poor battery life? is it last longer with this update

31. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Apple is a mess. Products line and software. Most users do not use their products as they supposed to be used. A lot macs do have windows, iToys has jailbreaks. Thats ridiculous. All that wrapped by public margin, so users do realize they pay so much to get a mess and do gift the rest money to greedy apple. They have old computer games, and happy with being in past :\ Here in Europe, apple slowly becoming a joke and looser sing, if you wanna do mock somebody.

29. dkreventon

Posts: 5; Member since: May 28, 2012

It requiers 1GB to extract and install, then delete any temporary files.

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

already updated ....

18. pccapso

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

And there is a large chance that the 6.1 jailbreak will be out this week also. if not i will be soon after. A jailbreak does make owning an ios device slightly more practical.

67. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The jailbreak is alright out. And honestly jailbreaking your iphone just makes it work more like an android. Apple doesnt let you do all the features jailbreaking does because it makes the iphone unstable and use more battery which it can not handle.

11. e.wvu unregistered

..... It actually takes about 4-5 minutes to download on wifi, not 30; plus it's 107 MB, not 1GB.

14. e.wvu unregistered

Oh come on! I get thumbed down for stating the facts?

16. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Because Apple is PURE EVIL And we flog evil things with red thumbs around these parts. You're right, it only took 4 min for that to download on my 4s, Thank god I have a RAZR, if I only had the iPhone I'd hurt myself. MAN THIS Phone is BORING!

22. e.wvu unregistered

Well, I had Android for 3 years, but went back to iOS and got the iPhone 5 after owning the GSII/III and Note 2. Yeah, not the most enjoyable OS, but works better for me....

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BattleBrat has several iOS devices according to him. He likes apple more than he wants to admit. He's scared the true hardcore droiders will attack him with their vicious red thumbs of flame war if he lets on that he really prefers apple.

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Or maybe, he legitimately doesn't like the experience he's had with his iOS devices and thus bashes Apple for it. No one should care about red thumbs. I've owned 3 iOS devices; an iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch 4th gen. The only one I still use is my iPod, since I like to separate my music from my phone. The iPhone 4 was honestly just boring compared to my old Sensation, even the Radar (WP) I had was more enjoyable than the iPhone. The iPad I found to be kind of useless, though I didn't really find tablets in general (regardless of OS) to be that much useful in the first place. But aside from that, the things I did actually use it for I found not as enjoyable as when I used a Xyboard 10.1 for the same tasks. As for my iPod, I just use it because I'm kind of odd and like to keep my music separate from my phone, even though I do like the Holo theme of Android's music player better. iOS is just boring, man. Why do you think Apple's market share is dropping all around the world, even just 4 months after the iPhone 5's release? It's kept the same basic look for 6 years, people are tired of it. I personally do hope iOS 7 is the first aesthetic overhaul of iOS. I want Apple to do well, because that will compel Google and Microsoft to make their software even better, then the consumers are the winners. Let's just hope if that happens, Apple will actually compete back with them instead of suing for no legitimate reason.

60. nick5454

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Their market share is dropping? You're confused with Blackberry. Apple has a stable market share and iPhone 5 sold more copies than any other generation. More serious apps for enterprise companies are moving to iPads...I.e, used on oil rigs, presentations. I've witnessed this on many contracts as we created software to monitor the systems via the ipad from the control deck. The market share is one sided because most of the non-smart phones use an Android OS, so 40% of their market share is of no choice to the user and doesn't have any effect on phone sales in china. Tables: using Air share, docs to go, jump etc you can link real documents to your work and home pc to actually use a tablet as it was intended ( a portable laptop ). And games for the kids. It just takes the vision

66. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

What in the world are you talking about nick5454 go to wallstreet check it out. Apple has been on a decline while android has been on a climb. This holiday android tablets outsold apple tablets more then 3to1 check you facts before you post. Ill gladly go to wallstreet page and post a link here if you to lazy too

59. nick5454

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Your on drugs, right. Razr is the best phone for grandpa's like you to use. Get a real phone instead of last years news...oh and stop sleeping in your bob shelter and get off your anyone copr is evil crap... If it took 4 mins, get a real connection or a router. Oh year you have the $8 bucks a month data plan

61. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

1. One year I buy a Phone, the next year I buy a tablet 2011 Phone (RAZR, 4S) 2012 tablet (Sony Xperia Tablet S, iPad 4, worthless giant ipod touch AFAIC) 2013 (Moto X and ?) Got it? 2. I gave Apple a fair shake, it let me down. Apple did innovate, until about 2010, then Android got BADASS. Android got stable, then Android got smooth. People are now starting to notice. 3. I'm 27 My Grandmother uses an iPad, my Dad uses an iPhone and an iPad. I bounce between the iPhone and the RAZR, but I usually stick with the RAZR the OLD people I know use iOS, my friends are about 70% Android packing (GS3's mostly) , because iOS got BORING. 4. I have unlimited data on Verizon, but I used the Wifi router at work with the iPhone plugged into the wall, If 4min is slow than blame Apple, We have Fiber here at work and it is FAST.

27. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

There's no rhyme or reason to the thumbing down in this place bro...you'll find that android users show up to more Apple articles than their own just to share their empty sentiments.

28. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Oh yea...& if you're not saying you hate Apple at every turn then you are pretty much a citizen of the damned

57. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Well spoken words bro.

47. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I don't get the thumbs down either..

20. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The whole process took about 30 minutes for my phone.

21. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Depends how good your wifi is.

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"Features" (Dr. Evil meme)

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The most advanced mobile operating system continues to improve every day. Can't wait to see what 6.1 brings and then onwards to iOS 7.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 988; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

"Can't wait to see what 6.1 brings and then onwards to 7." We just got android 4.1, you are ready for Android 6.1? Take it easy man.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes it does. And if you think it's impressive now, just wait til key lime pie.

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