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Apple Releases iOS 6.1, Includes Additional LTE Support

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4G LTE now supported for more carriers.

Following five beta tests, Apple has released iOS 6.1, which introduces 4G LTE support for a larger number of carriers.

The software can now be downloaded as an over-the-air update or through iTunes. It delivers several bug fixes alongside a few minor new features. One such addition is allowing users to purchase movie tickets from Fandango after finding showtimes via Siri.

Apple has also brought back the option for iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. As for privacy, users will have access to an option that allows them to reset Apple's advertising identifier option, which is "non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier" initially introduced by iOS 6.

Also included in iOS 6.1 is new boarding pass behavior in Apple's Passbook software, tweaks to iOS' Safari browser, a back-end change in Apple's mapping software (which it has promised to continuously update throughout 2013) and revamped music playback controls from the lock screen.

The update follows the recent release of a fifth beta version of iOS 6.1 for developers, which confirmed the existence of a mysterious 128 GB iOS device.

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    A Bad Day , January 30, 2013 1:35 AM
    Does Apple require payment for the update? If so, then I'm not sure which is worse. MS's micro-upgrade/payments, or this.
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    hitman400 , January 30, 2013 2:01 AM
    A Bad DayDoes Apple require payment for the update? If so, then I'm not sure which is worse. MS's micro-upgrade/payments, or this.

    Apple's updates have been free so far, so I don't know why you would assume so.
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    hitman400 , January 30, 2013 2:02 AM
    ankit0x1n this thng deserved a version increment huh amazing. if windows incremented ver number like this den we wuld b running windows 888888888.8888 not 6.x from last 6 yrs

    Say you were in charge of Apple. You had a mob of angry consumers, demanding LTE support for what they had promised. You tell them, no, not just yet, were getting together a big enough list to make the update justifiable. Surely you would have said yes in this situation
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    john15v16 , January 30, 2013 3:11 AM
    @Apple...4G LTE finally huh? You're late to the game of progress...
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    pacomac , January 30, 2013 5:17 AM
    john15v16@Apple...4G LTE finally huh? You're late to the game of progress...


    It's not Apple that is dragging its heals its the carriers. The iPhone 5 supported LTE on release, but here in the UK we only had a single carrier EE that supported LTE, and that was rushed into service just in time. Many countries are only just getting started with 4G so it makes sense for iOS to include them in this update, many of which won't be up and running for many months!
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    mariusmotea , January 30, 2013 7:22 AM
    Still no jailbreak for iOS6 and now we have iOS 6.1. No more jaibreak for iOS device in near future.
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    Murissokah , January 30, 2013 12:02 PM
    ankit0x1n this thng deserved a version increment huh amazing. if windows incremented ver number like this den we wuld b running windows 888888888.8888 not 6.x from last 6 yrs


    I do agree with you, and would have given you thumbs up if you didn't "rite da way u speek cuz its so 'ard ta reed n I reely dun dig dat dood"
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    sundragon , January 30, 2013 3:22 PM
    ankit0x1n this thng deserved a version increment huh amazing. if windows incremented ver number like this den we wuld b running windows 888888888.8888 not 6.x from last 6 yrs


    Wow, with editing skills like this, you should write for Tom's!! ;) 
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    sundragon , January 30, 2013 3:24 PM
    john15v16@Apple...4G LTE finally huh? You're late to the game of progress...


    Well, Google forgot to add December to 4.2 on my Nexus 7, so let's call it a truce? LOL
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    colinjmatt , January 30, 2013 4:18 PM
    I wonder whether or not they'll fix the broken bluetooth stack, the inability to gain a signal after being in a non signal area for too long, or even just the odd occasion when you call someone and the earpiece refuses to work.
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    applerocks , January 30, 2013 4:36 PM
    colinjmattI wonder whether or not they'll fix the broken bluetooth stack, the inability to gain a signal after being in a non signal area for too long, or even just the odd occasion when you call someone and the earpiece refuses to work.


    It did fix the Bluetooth issues with my Nissan hands free system, so their are some bluetooth updates in 6.1
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    TuffLittleUnit , January 30, 2013 5:43 PM
    pacomacIt's not Apple that is dragging its heals its the carriers. The iPhone 5 supported LTE on release, but here in the UK we only had a single carrier EE that supported LTE, and that was rushed into service just in time.


    So it's the "carriers" (Network operators)? OK ... let's ignore the government's spectrum auction, the clashes with some TV frequencies still to be addressed for those who will be affected and the fact that Apple's latest shiny, shiny didn't actually support the right frequencies for the major UK carriers.
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    okibrian , January 30, 2013 11:10 PM
    john15v16@Apple...4G LTE finally huh? You're late to the game of progress...

    See that's the thing about some Droid fanboys who have to take to iPhone articles and start bashing, they have no idea what the hell they are talking about because they never tried it. They just think they understand and start running off at the mouth. I've been using 4G LTE on my iPhone 5 since I got it. This article states the updated added ADDITIONAL support for more LTE carriers.
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