Tuesday, January 29, 2013

iOS 6.1 Now Available - Jailbreak Soon!

Apple released iOS 6.1 yesterday to very little fanfare.  There are some tweaks and bug fixes, but nothing really exciting.

For most people you can probably install the update and continue on, but I will hold off a bit.  I have been patiently waiting for the iOS 6 jailbreak and one of the things that might have been holding things up was the 6.1 update which was about to be released.

They didn't want to release a jailbreak, only for the 6.1 update to come out a few days later and lock things back down potentially. 

My thinking is that if they do release an untethered jailbreak soon, having update 6.1 MIGHT prevent you from being able to run the jailbreak, so since I don't really have anything that needs to be fixed right now, I'll wait.

** 2/4 Noon Eastern Time Update **  iOS 6 jailbreak now available

To see if iOS 6.1 is available for your phone, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. The update requires at least 1GB of storage to download and will take about a half hour over Wi-Fi. You can also connect your device to your PC and download via iTunes.

Your device will need to reboot once the update is installed. You will then have to re-enter your Apple ID credentials for iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime purposes.

Let me know if you do install it and if you experience any improvements or notice anything new and exciting.  Below is the full post from CNET.  

Apple releases iOS 6.1 with additional LTE support

The first point update of iOS 6 brings support for more LTE networks as well as a movie ticket buying feature within Siri.

After five beta test versions, Apple today released iOS 6.1, the first major update to iOS 6 since last September.

The software, which went out this morning as an over the air update, as well as a download through iTunes, brings a few new minor features, along with bug fixes.

Chief among the new features is 4G LTE support for more carriers, along with a feature that lets users purchase movie tickets from Fandango after finding showtimes using Siri.

Apple also returned the option for iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud, something that was quietly removed in a previous software release.

On the privacy side, the update also adds an option to reset Apple's advertising identifier option, the "non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier" feature added as part of iOS 6.

Other, minor changes in iOS 6.1 include new boarding pass behavior in Apple's Passbook software, tweaks to Safari, reworked music playback controls from the lock screen, and a back-end change in Apple's mapping software.

The update comes less than two days after the release of a fifth beta version of iOS 6.1, which Apple oddly put out to developers during the weekend.

Apple's last update to iOS 6 was iOS 6.0.2 in mid-December. That software, which went out to users only on Apple's newest devices, fixed a handful of bugs, including one that kept iPhone 5 users from installing over-the-air software updates. It also fixed an issue with lines appearing on the software keyboard, and a bug that deleted meetings from calendars when accepting an invitation.


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