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

FEATURED VIDEO

66 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

iOS 6.1 confirmed. Keyword: Apple pie.

3. wendygarett unregistered

At least you should give a reasonable credit to apple tho :(

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Take a joke as a joke...never meant any harm Wendy.

8. wendygarett unregistered

Ok, shouldn't take that serious tho lol :p

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Er...Yes, that's what i said.

50. hajyhajy

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

all of you are wrong ..ios is the best best there is best there ever was

53. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So there's more...i thought there was just one. See comment #12. It's for you too...

63. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

based on what please tell

17. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I don't think that I should care about this update

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And yet u chose to find, open, read the article, or at least the heading...and post that hmmmmm.

23. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

As nuch as I love apple... The next firmwear for android 6.0 should be Apple Pie.. Harhar. As someone who uses both devices i think it would be funny.

2. Venuramax

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

It is not 1GB. It is just 107MB

19. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Mine was less on my iPhone 4.

24. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Apple suggests that you have 1GB of storage for the update. Alan F.

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: 978; 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: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"The most advanced mobile operating system continues to improve every day." You do have a thick face typing and posting that... If iOS is the world's most advanced operating system for you, you must be the most meaningless person i've ever seen here.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow Nathan, and u told me my post was irrelevant. Hmmm

42. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And you find my comment irrelevant on the thread i'm replying to?

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"The most advanced mobile operating system..." Even without a multitasking... :D

15. Mobilephile

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

No, Apple has trained and conditioned their brains to think like that. They're in a happy ignorant bliss. Let them be.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It actually has full multitasking. I prefer it to androids to b honest.

37. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Are you sure iOS has full multi-tasking? I thought apps go into a suspended state after a few seconds of background time when you hit the home button to go out of the app. Certain apps can be given extensions of 10 minutes, but that's it. MacWorld did an article on that.

43. windy

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Who cares "non multitasking" when you get notifications from apps such as skype, whatsapp and mail? Also you can switch between apps just like you get on an android. You need to be clear that what you cannot do in terms of multitasking in android and not in ios.

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Look at my comment #41.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Get some knowledge!

65. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

please explain how it has full mulit tasking especially since the website says it does not.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Advanced? Looks like you cracked a joke :D Here's the next one:http://mashable.com/2013/01/28/apple-maps-my-butt/

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Most advanced? Hardly. Most simple, yes. Most polished, maybe. Most advanced, no.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.