Apple releases iOS 6.1

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, in a statement. “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.”

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
• LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
• Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
• iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
• New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

For information on the security content of this update, visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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.

Apple’s 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.

Source: Apple Inc.

39 Comments

    1. You certainly don’t sound like a Mark to me. Sound more like a Kim Yong.

      Do you mean a 30 pin to HDMI? Apple does not do HDMI to 30 pin on any iOS 6 device.

      There is no problem with HDMI adaptor that I have ever experienced. But usually I use the AIRPLAY so no adaptor needed…just an Apple TV.

      1. dude, read Apple’s support forum’s…there are a SLEW of people having issues with HDMI output adapter from apple. most are running ipad 3’s and iOS 6.x. i dunno if it’s an OS or hardware issue (OS is my guess), but there are LOTS of people with the problem. and since i don’t travel around with an Apple TV in my pocket (granted i almost could the thing is so small), having the output cable working would be really nice for presentation purposes.

        1. I have never had any problems using the connector….games, presentations…..whatever. I think it requires that you attach it properly to your device.

          Give me an exact case so I can go try it myself. If you cannot then STFU.

          1. Apple’s adapter (male 30pin to HDMI+female 30pin) has been buggy for me as well. Works on some phone/iPad/iOS combinations and not on others. Works on the same device sometimes and not with others.

            If you want to argue the problem could be the adapter device itself, you might have a point. But, to discount someone’s comments as hogwash unless they give you a use case scenario that you can replicate is ridiculous; especially when there are many posts on the support forums. Shall we also run any other bug or glitch by you for verification prior to submitting to Apple?

            Paul, if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, don’t vent on random folks who leave comments. That’s trolling, and nobody wants that.

        2. The HDMI video output from my old AppleTV 1 works great. I’ve had no trouble running AirPlay on the thing thanks to having hacked it with aTV Flash. I’ve been using a cheap HDMI to DVI cable I got for $5 at the local used computer shop, as well as an RCA audio cable for audio. I use my iPod Touch 4 with iOS 6 for control and streaming.

          1. BTW: Apple TV v5.2 is out today:

            Browse and play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud.

            Use your Apple Wireless Keyboard to control your Apple TV. See this article for more information.

            Send stereo audio from movies, TV shows, and other videos on Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs).

            Includes performance and stability improvements with the iTunes Store, AirPlay, Netflix, iTunes Match, and wired Ethernet connections.

    2. I used to use an Apple HDMI to 30 pin adapter/connector which displayed the contents of my iPad flawlessly to my plasma TV.

      Since getting an Apple TV, I have dispensed with the connector.

      But I have never experienced any problems with the connector displaying output to the TV, except that if you’re expecting apps to display full screen they don’t unless the app has been optimised as such by the app developer.

      1. I’m a developer who *has* optimized my app for the AppleTV as an external screen. When working on the project I learned that when wired your external screen is 1920×1080, but when using AirPlay (at present, and I have no information on future offerings, just noting that I suspect it could change) the screen is 1280×720. Just an interesting fact.

        1. Thank you for the nugget, Jim. I love the AirPlay optimisation on the apps that do support it. It’s typical Apple attention to detail. Apps display flawlessly onscreen via my Apple TV. Another thing that I love about Apple – the seamless integration between all the devices.

  1. They seem to have really sorted out iTunes Match.

    I have had lots of small cosmetic problems with album art and problems with downloading songs, this all seems to have been fixed in 6.1 – artwork that has never appeared is now there and the individual song downloads are blazing fast!

    I just downloaded Rory Gallagher’s 11 minute epic Walk on Hot Coals in about 30 seconds on a 3G network. Wow!

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