Just one day after the launch of the fifth iOS 6.1 beta, the newest version of the iOS 6 mobile operating system was released Monday by Apple, for users of compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. A press release was issued by Apple to hype the release of the new iOS 6 iteration.
Users can now go to the Software Update section under Settings to download and install the update. Aside from the usual bug fixes, iOS 6.1 comes with some helpful features, including the ability for US-based users to buy movie tickets with Siri, which now comes with Fandango integration.
Aside from that, 4G LTE coverage has expanded to cover more carriers, and those subscribed to iTunes Match can now download specific songs from Apple’s iCloud service. Regarding the LTE expansion, 36 and 23 new carriers will offer the high-speed connectivity standard for the iPhone and iPad respectively.
According to Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, iOS 6 may be “the most popular new version of an OS in history”, having been installed on over 300 million Apple devices in a span of five months. This is despite the controversy that had surrounded iOS 6 soon after launch, where many had criticized the Apple Maps application for incorrect or missing information returned on search attempts.
While Apple Maps may still take a while to be improved even further, the iOS 6.1 rollout promises more than just the new or improved features above. iOS 6.1 is compatible with the following devices: the iPhone 3GS up to the iPhone 5, the second, third and fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini, and the fourth and fifth generation iPod touch.