Apple releases iOS 6.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

The release of iOS 6 in September 2012 will likely be most remembered for Apple's troubled launch of its new Maps app; the data errors and distorted pictures in the app put a major dent in Apple's reputation for smooth software launches. Apple will undoubtedly be hoping that won't be repeated today with the launch of iOS 6.1.

Apple's press release states that the big new feature for iOS 6.1 is that it adds LTE support for 36 more wireless carriers that sell iPhones, along with a further 23 new LTE carriers for the iPad. These additional 4G markets are located in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, and parts of the Middle East. iOS 6.1 is supported by the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S and iPhone 5, along with the iPad 2, third- and fourth-generation iPads, and the new iPad mini. It also supports the fourth- and fifth-generation iPod Touch.

Apple also announced some new stats for its iOS family of products, including the fact that there are now 800,000 apps in the iOS store that have generated a total of over 40 billion downloads. Apple added that there are now over 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that are running a version of iOS 6.

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The new update has fixed a lag problem I used to have when going into App Store with my iPad 3.

Other than that nothing's new...

I find it odd they bumped the version number so much. This sounds like it ought to be 6.0.2. When I read 6.1 I was hopeful there might be something a bit more exciting. I'm hoping it suggests that a lot of resources have been focused on 7.0 instead.

Not real sure what people were hoping for in this update... Widgets? Nah. There were a lot of minor bugs though with the iPhone 5 in regards to battery life and wifi that were fixed.

The ability to download individual iTunes Match songs is nice.

-_-

Tried to update from my phone but couldn't do so because I dont have enough space for the update.

I have 4GB of music and 6.8GB of "Other" storage according to iTunes. I only have about 250MB free and I've already gone through and deleted apps and data I dont need. The only thing thats taking up the most space is my Photos & Camera app, which is storing 218MB. The rest are other apps like Spotify and Facebook, Alien Blue, Chrome, etc.

I ended up just updating using iTunes... really wish Apple would get this bug fixed.

AND YES.... I've tried all the fixes listed online. This was a problem on my iPhone 4 and it's a problem on my iPhone 5. I also set up my iPhone as a new device, so NO, it had nothing to do with my backup.

I know that it is only a few extra steps, but can anyone see if they updated the Gmail add wizard to include Contacts using CardDAV?

kiddingguy said,
OK. Ever recurring comment.... did they fix the battery issues?
No... really!?!

You're holding it wrong. lol

This article should link to the Back Page News thread that I started more than 2 hours ago. Something like a "Discuss here" that I see from time to time unless I'm mistaken.

lunarworks said,
They updated music controls on the (double-click) lockscreen, which for me is a real big plus.

Didnt see that one. List I looked at must be incomplete.

lunarworks said,
They updated music controls on the (double-click) lockscreen, which for me is a real big plus.

I've always had those on my iPhone 5

CJ33 said,
so apple didnt support LTE before this update?

Only on the iPhone 5 and New iPad I believe. Not sure about the iTouches ATM. The 5 was the first phone to support LTE. Correct me if I am wrong.

@techbeck Why would iPod Touches support LTE anyways? One of the major incentives for buying one is so you don't have to pay for the iPhone's data plan...

MASTER260 said,
@techbeck Why would iPod Touches support LTE anyways? One of the major incentives for buying one is so you don't have to pay for the iPhone's data plan...

I dunno...wasnt thinking clearly ATM. My mistake.

n_K said,
Added benefits for anyone using an ipod touch: None. [possible speed decrease]

What are you talking about. Do you talk like that about your windows updates ?

TurboShrimp said,

What are you talking about. Do you talk like that about your windows updates ?

Some times a windows update may degrade performance, unintended. IOS update? I have an ipad first gen to IOS5 and the POS runs dog slow now vs how it was on IOS 4. Worst of all, my gen 1 won't get anymore updates.

http://www.google.ca/search?q=...ourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

I've never owned an iphone. But I remember reading the same thing for 3G/3GS.

TurboShrimp said,

What are you talking about. Do you talk like that about your windows updates ?


Windows updates add features (available to all) or solve security problems. This update, however, does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING USEFUL for ipod touch users.

n_K said,
Added benefits for anyone using an ipod touch: None. [possible speed decrease]

You must have missed the part about general bug fixes and performance improvements.

briangw said,

You must have missed the part about general bug fixes and performance improvements.


Yes I must have, please quote where abouts in this article or heck, the apple press release, about what bugs are fixed, thanks.

n_K said,

Yes I must have, please quote where abouts in this article or heck, the apple press release, about what bugs are fixed, thanks.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1...-ios-6-1-released-changelog

You see it there in the picture. Apple never posts every little bug fix they made but I bet if you contacted them and begged them to show you the development changelog, they might show you....or maybe not.

And, if you read the comments, a couple of people were following their development blog and found specific bug fixes.

So… what's new in iOS? I had 3 iPhone in the past.. I now have a Galaxy S III (with CyanogenMod 10.1)…. I was living in the middle ages for the last 4 years.

What's new in iOS?

rippleman said,
I had the opposite effect, tried a Jelly bean Samsung Galaxy and hated stepping that far backward. Had to go back to my old 4.

lol, you think the iPhone 4 seems more advanced than the SIII, or do you mean the old Galaxy, which is obviously not as polished?

rippleman said,
I had the opposite effect, tried a Jelly bean Samsung Galaxy and hated stepping that far backward. Had to go back to my old 4.

Tried Jellybean, iOS 6, hated both, came back to my WP

rippleman said,
I had the opposite effect, tried a Jelly bean Samsung Galaxy and hated stepping that far backward. Had to go back to my old 4.

Yes, of course, you most definitely hated to step backward so you could take in the entire of the Galaxy's beautiful screen. You've been squinting on your revered iPhone's stamp sized screen all these years, after all.

(I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S1 with CyanogenMod 9.1.0 running 4.0.4 and pretty stable. Off topic, sorry.)
I updated the iPad last night to 6.1, South Africa has yet to provide LTE to the general public, at the moment, it's limited in some segments to contracts only Busy saving for an iPhone