A couple weeks back, we heard rumors that Apple was just about ready to begin distribution of iOS 6.1. Later, we found new reasons to look forward to the software’s release, upon news suggesting that a full-on untethered jailbreak would finally see the light of day shortly after such an iOS update arrived. Well, it may have taken a little longer than anticipated, but Apple’s latest iOS update is now finally here.
So, what’s new in iOS 6.1? Apple’s doing its part to give iPhone 5 and iPad users access to the latest data networks around the globe, enabling LTE operation for dozens of new carriers; the iPhone 5 get access to 36 new ones, while LTE-enabled iPads will work on 23 more.
Siri gets some new functionality, allowing iOS users in the US to now order movie tickets through the Fandango service. If you use Apple’s iTunes Match service to mirror your music collection on the cloud, you’ll now be able to download tracks from Apple’s servers which you’ve already confirmed you own. We’ve also been expecting this release to deliver a number of bugfixes, but we’re still waiting for confirmation on those.
Apple’s iOS 6.1 should be arriving today for users of the iPhone 3GS or newer, iPad 2 or newer, iPad mini, and the two latest versions of the iPod touch.