Apple releases iOS 6.1 update

Dan Moren
29 January, 2013
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Get ready to reboot all your iOS devices. Apple has released iOS 6.1, the latest update to its mobile operating system. The 6.1 update includes a number of minor changes to the software.

Most prominently, Apple says that the update brings LTE compatibility to 36 new iPhone carriers and 23 new iPad carriers around the world, allowing users of compatible devices—specifically, the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPads, and iPad mini—to take advantage of the faster wireless speeds.

In addition to the LTE upgrades, Apple also tweaked two of its services: iTunes Match and Siri. Users of iOS 6 who were disappointed by the removal of the ability to download individual songs to their iOS device will be utterly delighted to find that it’s been restored as of this update. And Siri’s picked up a new skill: You can now use Apple’s virtual assistant to purchase movie tickets via Fandango. That feature’s only available in the US, however.

Passbook gets a slight tweak as well: The introductory screen that lets you visit the App Store’s selection of Passbook-enabled software is now its own “pass,” meaning it doesn’t disappear once you add your first digital pass. That way, you can always have access to the App Store collection. (You can, however, delete the pass like any other, if you prefer.)

Lastly—but presumably not leastly—there’s also a new button that lets you reset the Advertising Identifier, which you can find under Settings -> General -> About -> Advertising. What is the Advertising Identifier? Apple’s glad you asked:

iOS 6 introduces the Advertising Identifier, a non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier, that apps will use to give you more control over advertisers’ ability to use tracking methods. You can reset a device’s Advertising Identifier at any time. And, if you choose to limit ad tracking, apps are not permitted to use the Advertising Identifier to serve you targeted ads. In the future all apps will be required to use the Advertising Identifier. However, until then you may still receive targeted ads.

Apple’s also included a variety of security fixes in version 6.1, including for WebKit, Wi-Fi, and other services. To update your device to iOS 6.1, navigate to Settings -> General -> Software Update and tap Download and Install.


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  1. Siva says:

    Have they fixed the week start day from Sunday to Monday (as it was in iOS 4) for Australia region settings ? I can’t believe how they can drag this out for.

  2. Paul says:

    Also released today was an update for the Apple TV. One update I would like to see is Apple bring 3D movies to iTunes and the Apple TV. I would never have to worry about having the space to store Blu-Ray discs anymore.

  3. David Sivaraj says:

    Upgraded as expected, then found issues.

    My partner’s phone has my Apple ID when I set it up. I had switched off her phone number from my iMessage. After the upgrade, she started to receive my iMessages, even though didn’t have her number selected. I can’t resolve this issue yet.

    Also, my iPhone won’t let me view all the app upgrades that it says are ready for download. I just get a white screen. I can however view the rest of the app store.

    Anyone else have minor issues?

  4. TJay InOz says:

    I love being able to still access the music player when you have an accessory plugged in! Now you can still control your music from your phone instead of having the boring “accessory attached” screen!

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