Back in November, Apple seeded the first iOS 6.1 beta to developers via the iOS Developer Portal. iOS 6.1 brought in more bug fixes rather than new features to the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini and iPad. While Apple has been at work releasing minimal updates such as iOS 6.0.1 and iOS 6.0.2, iOS 6.1 will be the largest update users will see for iOS 6 thus far.
iOS 6.1 has gone through four beta stages already, the most recent iOS 6.1 Beta 4, was released mid-December meaning that the firmware is ready for a GM build, or Golden Master. The GM build is the fifth and final build Apple releases to developers before a public release of iOS 6.1. According to German blog iFun, “reliable sources” has told them that Apple will be releasing the final iOS 6.1 GM build to developers some time next week. This of course means that Apple will be releasing iOS 6.1 to the public soon after.
People who are planning to Jailbreak their iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini or iPad should definitely stay away from updating to this build. iOS hacker planetbeing mentioned that the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak the Dream Team is working on will be for iOS 6.0.1 and iOS 6.0.2, meaning that if you are on iOS 6.0.1 it is best if you stay on that version until the Jailbreak is confirmed. The hacker stated that he and the team are waiting for Apple to release the public build of the firmware, so that they can start working on the latest version of iOS 6.1.
The new firmware iOS 6.1 will bring a ton of aforementioned bug fixes, along with some small cosmetic additions. Users can expect Apple to tweak a few things in the Apple Maps app, along with some improvements to Siri, possible being able to purchase movie tickets through Siri. The company has also updated the Music Controls on the Lockscreen to resemble iTunes 11 and the new Music application. Other than adding a “Report a Problem” button in Apple Maps, no other visual changes have been found.
If the rumors are true, iOS 6.1 GM build will be released some time next week with the public build releasing later next week, or possibly the week after. Once again, people that are planning to Jailbreak their devices when an iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak becomes available, should steer clear away from updating and stay on the their current version.
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