We just saw Apple release the iOS 6.0.1 update, and in discussing that release, we mentioned some rumors from last month that discussed the update’s pending arrival. In addition to 6.0.1, those rumors also mentioned work on iOS 6.1 being well underway, but we lacked any sort of details on what changes that might bring, and didn’t have much of a sense for when the update might arrive. We get a little closer to those answers today, upon the release of the first iOS 6.1 beta for developers.
So far, we’re not hearing about much that’s new in this release, though that’s sure to change as we get a better picture of things. What we do know is that there will be some new map-based API features, apparently for conducting location-aware searches for nearby points of interest. There should also be better support for natural language in such searches, hopefully leading to more meaningful search results.
It’s interesting to note that this release does not appear to support the new iPad mini nor the iPad 4; perhaps we’ll have to wait for iOS 6.1 beta 2 before they’re included with the rest of the pack.