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Apple has released a handful of updates for iOS 6 and its supported mobile devices. The 6.1 update includes expanded LTE support, several new Siri and iTunes Match features, and a new button to reset the Advertising Identifier.

According to Apple, the new LTE capabilities will provide 4G data access to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world. It says the new update will provide “ultrafast wireless performance” to the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad with Retina display, so users can browse, download, and stream content faster.

The update also adds the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the US through the movie app Fandango. You can’t actually use Siri to complete the ticket purchasing process, but you can use vocal commands (e.g. “Buy tickets for Parker at 10:15pm.”) to search for nearby movie listings and times. Choosing a listing will send you to the relevant Fandango page to complete your selected purchase.

The update also allows iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs to their iOS devices from their iCloud account. This feature was removed in a previous update, but is making a comeback now.

iOS 6.1 is available as a free software update, and is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (except 1st generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (4th and 5h generation). To install the update, launch the Settings app and go to Software Update.


Have you installed iOS 6.1 yet? What do you think of the new features?

Source: Apple

  1. Sharon
    March 25, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I do not know how to download ios6 to my iPad. Can you assit me? Any help would be appreicated.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Sharon, open the Settings app on your iPad, tap on General, and then tap on Software Update. In there it should tell you the update that is available for your iPad. If you're using the first released iPad, I think it will run iOS 6.

      • Sharon
        March 26, 2013 at 1:38 am

        My iPad does not have the "Software Update" under the General setting. It is not under any setting.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          March 26, 2013 at 3:39 am

          Sharon, which generation of the iPad are you using? iPad 1, 2, or 3?

        • Sharon
          March 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

          I have the ipad 2. I have also tried to update going through itunes and that is not working either. Boy am I frustrated!

        • Sharon
          March 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

          I have the ipad 2. I have also tried to update going through itunes and that is not working either. Boy am I frustrated!

        • Sharon
          March 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

          I have the ipad 2. I have also tried to update going through itunes and that is not working either. Boy am I frustrated!

        • Sharon
          March 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

          I have the ipad 2. I have also tried to update going through itunes and that is not working either. Boy am I frustrated!

        • Sharon
          March 26, 2013 at 5:27 am

          I have the ipad 2. I have also tried to update going through itunes and that is not working either. Boy am I frustrated!

        • Bakari Chavanu
          March 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          Sharon, I believe the iPad 2 should have iOS upgrade. Is it possible for you to go to a nearby Apple Store and have them take a look at your device? Or you can call 1-800-275-2273. I don't have an iPad 2, so it's difficult to understand why the update feature is not there. Sorry I can't be of more help, but I would definitely suggest calling Apple support.

        • Sharon
          March 27, 2013 at 4:39 am

          I was on the phone with Apple for over an hour. They were not able to help me. They suggested I take my iPad back to the store I bought it from and see what they can do. I did get the extended warranty, and that is still in effect. Hopefully they will be able to help me and I won't lose everything I have on this iPad. I would be devistated to lose the newborn pictures I have of our newest grand baby.

  2. brenna
    February 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

    my iphone 3gs when i try update it to the ios 6.1 keeps on saying: IOS 6.1 failed verification because you are no longer connected to the internet, but i've tested the internet and its working perfectly fine. ive shut my phone down and started it back up and that didnt work ether. help? what can i do?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Brenna, I'm not sure 6.1 is going to work very well on your 3GS, even though Apple says it supports it. You might try turning off and back on your Wi-Fi connection and see if that helps. Also log into Apple's support site community to see if anyone else is experiencing the same issue, and if there are any possible workarounds.

  3. Chris
    January 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

    It is shameful and disgraceful that microsoft product selling electrical stores are copying the Apple store design. Microsoft stores are trying to hide the fact of their having ripped us off with defective laptops/pcs. They want to trade off the back of Apple's successsful products that they "just work". That is what's most important to consumers, not buying a pc then anti-virus, then having to keep updating protection only to find the blasted thing crashes on you, loses all your work, is unreliable & will breakdown just outside the warranty incurring you costs ion fixing etc. It's like Microsoft has a history of selling customers ships with so many holes in that they are sinking from the off with the customer bearing the cost of buying the buckets to bail the water out and patch the holes.
    Microsoft need to keep their own identity if only to protect us from going into their store and instead seek out the creative and master genius' out their that can rectify the unreliable, anti-virus, dodgy and pathetically performing products they make. They need to create something truely amazing in the tech field of phones and tablets/pcs to impress us and convince us to spend with them instead of trying to pull the wool over our eyes by copying the look of Apples products and shops.
    My iPhone 4 introduced me to Apple. I will now only wever buy Apple because my time & is too precious to waste on Microsoft and PCs.

    • Terrydash
      January 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      I like both apple and microsoft, but I'm also the guy who likes both xbox and playstation, both call of duty and halo, both guitar hero and rock band. there's no reason to limit yourself to only half of an argument for silly reasons. Pc's are actually rather great, and apple will probably be too high priced for me for a long time. I've had my laptop for about two years, and have not had a virus, have not had it crash, it still runs just as amazingly quick. Nothing is wrong with it. Am I saying that it's better than apple, no. I'm simply saying that it is a reliable piece of equipment and is quickly overlooked because people only buy the really bad super uber cheap ones. I'm sorry that apple doesn't release a 200 dollar pc but that's because they know it would be the cause of them being "just like microsoft" and in turn cause them to lose their clientelle.
      all in all, you get what you pay for.

      • Chris Diamond
        February 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Sorry Terry but to say "you get what's you paid for" pre-supposes a need on my part to spend serious money so as to avoid my listed headaches - wrong. My contribution is born out of experience in having spent £2500 Dec'07 on the award winning laptop featured in What PC magazine together with Microsoft Small Business Office and Norton 360. This computer caused me all the problems I listed plus 3 and half years of litigation for a refund in the small claims court. I won my case May 2011. During that entire period, I had to e-mail and connect on the net via my iPhone until 2011 when I had to buy a £400 i3 Packard Bell (PB) laptop. It was faster than the last laptop but even with Windows 7 professional 64 bit OS on the PB laptop and Microsoft Small Business 2010 on it (strictly nothing else) it still randomly and without notice would crash or just switch off. At least it came back on and would work again for a spell. It since got very bad September 2012 surprise, surprise. I've no stomach for sending it in for repairs - lost total confidence. The PC Retailer behind my experience and many others that suffered or similar to how I have I refer you to to refview sites:
        Now I do all my projects on my iPad 64G, and only use the PC for facebook, and e-mails. i put nothing on the PC and it still crashes. :(. Pretty much makes me 100% Apple, because they just work.

      • Chris Diamond
        February 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        Sorry Terry. Forgot to mention my concern that the offending retailer changed it's store to resemble an Apple store wiping all trace of it being that retailer ("Black Store"). i bought the rubbish £400 PC that I'm sending this reply on from the Black Store and only recently bagged a bargain when I got Bose portable iphone dock speaker from them at £265 (retails everywhere else £350). Hope you can see why I go Apple. Think you are one of the lucky ones with your no hiccups PC.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Chris, you make some valid points. Thanks for your feedback.

      • Aravind Rao
        January 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        Hi All,
        Maybe a dumb question but just wanted to check if IPhone 4S support LTE on iOS 6.1?


        • Bakari Chavanu
          January 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm

          I believe some users got access to LTE on the 4S, but I'm not sure if it's available for everyone.

  4. Anish Parameshwaran
    January 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    In addition, they have also updated the music controls on the lock screen with the iOS6 metallic style. Notice the 'reflection' in the line between the Play/Pause button and the volume control moves according to the orientation of the phone.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Anish, thanks for that. I saw that update after submitting the article. If you double-click the Home button while the music is playing in lock screen, the play controls will show up. That's the best update out of them all. You now don't have to open to the music app in order to get at the controls. I wonder why Apple didn't include info about it in their press release?

      • Troy Miller
        January 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        The music controls from the lock screen has been around for a long time. I think I was using it with my 3GS. That tool isn't new. Maybe the "look" of it, but certainly not the feature.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          January 31, 2013 at 12:12 am

          Hmmm, I didn't know that. I got the tip from a iTunes guru who himself just discovered after this most recent update. But thanks for letting us know.

        • Terrydash
          January 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm

          I have been using that feature on my 4 and the ipod touch i had previously for at minimum 3 years. Definitely not a NEW feature, they just changed the look of it.

  5. Scott Macmillan
    January 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I really don't expect much from the update.It seems Apple is doing as little as possible other than launching annoying and pathetic lawsuits,that they are losing everywhere but the US and even then the US court has just ordered a review of the last judgments monetary damages and found Samsung not willfully guilty of infringement.This patent nonsense from Apple has to end.

    • Gd
      January 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Sure thing. I would like to see people like you to analyse everything Google and crappy chinese KIRF manufacturers do so closely as you do with Apple.

      When Apple introduced Iphone your beloved Android wasn't even in Beta.
      And ever since then everyone is only trying and attempting to catch up. Any idiot can slap together a phone that can hold some version of Android, as Google is only happy to push that crap....

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Scott, did you hear about Apple patenting their entire store design and layout down to how the stools and tables are placed? I mean, dang, where does it end?

      • Scott Macmillan
        January 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        I know its insane!!!

      • Ray Allen
        January 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        When you are on top and you have everyone and their mother copying what you do you have to, at some point, protect what is yours. Is it possibly excessive? Maybe, but Apple has always been about design first ...but let's not forget they are the innovators and the leaders

        • Bakari Chavanu
          January 31, 2013 at 1:06 am

          Hmm, I think it's dangerous road we're going down, because if everything little thing gets copyrighted, there won't be room for innovation. Someone will constantly complain you stole a slice of their ideas or products.

      • Andrew
        January 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

        Have you ever seen a Microsoft retail store before? Those things are shameful knockoffs of apples signature retail stores. If I was apple I'd do the same thing. Apple clearly rules the arena here, but competitors keep trying to copy numerous aspects of design that make Apple successful. I say let the lawsuits roll away! There's nothing more pitiful and ugly than a company who fails to innovate their own products, and instead copies other products as their own. I used to like windows even though I use all apple devices now, however after I have seen Microsoft blatantly copy apples retail stores, it makes me resent them for being so unoriginal.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          January 31, 2013 at 1:09 am

          Lol, I've never been in a Microsoft retail store, but I have seen the pictures, and they definitely are an Apple knockoff. But I don't think it's a good idea to cooperate and generally universal ideas and designs. That's why these corporations are spending so much time and money in lawsuits these days.

        • Andrew
          January 31, 2013 at 1:38 am

          That's exactly my point lol. I didn't say that it was a good idea to cooperate design wise, and I think that companies need to have their own unique solutions to their own problems. Apple is Apple, Microsoft is Microsoft.. etc.. I believe in individuality vs monotony.

  6. Richard Bown
    January 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    any maps fixes in there?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Richard, I don't remember reading about map fixes. Seems like those problems are much larger for Apple.

  7. Chase Hainey
    January 30, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Pretty excited to update when the jailbreak is released. Sunday was hinted at, but more realistically will be next week. Then I can finally have some iOS 6 goodness on my iPhone 4S.

    • bilal wahid
      January 31, 2013 at 12:06 am

      how do you jailbreak iphone4s

      • Chase Hainey
        January 31, 2013 at 12:10 am

        I am not going to walk you through it. But, keep an eye on for the release. There should be guides if you need one. I don't care to instruct anyone to do anything that can have a potential negative effect on your phone.

      • Chase Hainey
        January 31, 2013 at 12:42 am

        The evad3rs released their website with information.

        Make note: this does not allow you to conduct any illegal activities on your phone, it is simply giving you root access to your phone.

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