Monday, January 28, 2013

iOS 6.1 released: more LTE support, Fandango movie ticket purchasing, iTunes Match song downloads

Apple released iOS 6.1 on Monday. The update can be downloaded to your appropriate iDevice either over-the-air (OTA) or via iTunes.

It's a relatively minor update -- at least, compared to going from 5.x to 6.0 or from 6.1 to the upcoming 7.0.

To initiate the download of the update manually from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings, General, Software Update. iOS will display installation instructions and release information there.

The update includes the following improvements for iOS device users (naturally, assuming your device supports the functionality):
  • LTE support for more carriers (Apple previously announced that it would add more LTE carriers this week). 36 additional iPhone carriers. 23 additional iPad carriers.
  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango via Siri (US only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset the Advertising Identifier.
In addition, Apple TV users will find that iOS 6.1 has new Bluetooth keyboard compatibility. Apple has included new iOS 6.1 APIs for developers to be able to better integrate Apple’s mapping database into their App Store apps, which, of course, means its Maps app continues its fight against Google Maps.

When Google Maps returned to iOS after Apple booted it from the iOS 6 ROM image, Google also added similar APIs.

iOS 6.1 can be installed on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (4th generation), iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation) and iPad mini.

Apple's official iOS 6.1 press release follows:
Apple Updates iOS to 6.1
New Version Adds LTE Support For 36 Additional iPhone Carriers Worldwide

CUPERTINO, Calif.—-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.

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