For weeks now, iPhone and iPad owners have been wondering about iOS 6.1 and the iOS 6.1 release date. So far, all signs have pointed to a possible release in January or potentially in early February and we now have a few more clues that seem to point to a possible launch in the near future.
In December, Apple hastily released iOS 6.0.2, the second update to iOS 6 since the software was released back in September for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That update was aimed at taking care of Wi-Fi issues that iDevice owners had been experiencing since iOS 6’s release. Oddly enough, the release of iOS 6.0.2 came just a day after Apple released iOS 6.1 Beta 4 to developers, a Beta that many thought and still believe to be the final Beta of iOS 6.1 before the Gold Master (GM) of the software is released.
According to noted iOS hacker Stefan Esser, also known as i0n1c, iOS 6.1 Beta 4 will expire in 12 days. If that’s the case, then those who haven’t installed a new Beta or the official version of iOS 6.1 will likely be locked out of their device. We imagine that Apple won’t allow this to happen and it will release something iOS 6.1 related between now and the end of the month.
Of course, it could be that we see iOS 6.1 Beta 5 emerge from the shadows, but it seems more likely that we’ll see the long-awaited iOS 6.1 GM released to developers and soon after see an official iOS 6.1 roll out to the public.
A German blog, iFun, has cited a “reliable” source who claims that the final beta of iOS 6.1 is nearly ready to go so, again, it’s looking like we’re closer than ever to an iOS 6.1 release date.
Apple doesn’t announce release dates for its iOS software updates so it’s no surprise that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners are waiting in limbo for the new software to arrive.
While not a big update, iOS 6.1 is expected to feature a couple of new features including a different looking music control on the lock screen, a more prominent place to report bugs in Apple Maps, and a new feature in Siri that allows users to purchase movie tickets using the virtual assistant and Fandango.
There should also be bug fixes on board that should shore up issues that iDevices owners have been having since the upgrade to iOS 6.01, iOS 6.0.2 and iOS 6 itself.