Hot on the heels of fixing numerous bugs with an incremental iOS 6.0.1 update that was released to end-users an hour ago, Apple has now seeded iOS 6.1 Beta to its registered developers. The software is provided for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad alongside the new Xcode 4.6 Beta integrated development environment.

At first glance, it seems iOS 6.1 will allow apps to ask the operating system to programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest. A new Reset Advertising Identifier button has been added to Advertising Settings and the date must match for Passbook passes to be relevant …

Downloads links are now live on Apple’s Developer site.

The release contains updates to the Map Kit search in Maps for developers.

Apple explains that the updated framework now lets you “programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest”.

The MKLocalSearch class initiates a search for map-based content using a natural language string. In other words, you can enter placename information or portions of an address and have Map Kit return search results that match the information you provide.

Putting this into context, searching for, say, the string “coffee” would return the location of local coffee bars along with information about each one, Apple explains.

Apple also introduces changes to boarding passes that include both a relevant date and a relevant location.

The date must match for these passes to be relevant. If both the date and location match, they are relevant for a longer window of time. You are encouraged to provide both pieces of information when they make sense for your passes.

A new Reset Advertising Identifier button has been added to Advertising Settings which resets the Advertising Identifier “so that future requests will return a different value”.

Let us know if you spot anything else and we’ll update the article accordingly.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    There is a music widget in the iPads notification center in iOS 6.1
    Edit: I was playing guys.. Just seeing who actually thought apple would do that. Lol 6.1 won’t have anything special. iOS 7 will though.

    • Pictures!

    • CollegiateLad


    • Seriously? Sounds sick. What about iPhone?

    • Ace


    • What else is new? Specifialy for 4th gen iPod Touch. If nothing’s new, I might try it and downgrade back to 5.1.1

    • I don’t like Widgets.. and never use them in OSX. But would be great allowing devs to use more the “Notification Center”. Like the weather, stocks..etc

  • Obsidian71

    Wow that was fast. Looking forward to a nice stable 6.1 release. Please speed up the App Store.

  • When a new version of iOS comes out there is always a fair few problems and then in the .0.1 version things improve and 1.1 is always very stable and we are ready for the next version of iOS.

  • ghulamsameer

    Are there any new confirmed features?

  • Any download links to iOS 6.1 yet? 😉

  • Troy

    Any word on if it is going to fix the Wi-Fi issues, I still cannot log in to any Wi-Fi that has a log-in screen where you have to accept terms and conditions ie at McDonald’s of Starbucks (or my office)