Apple just seeded its registered developers with the second beta of iOS 6.1. The software follows November 1 release of the first iOS 6.1 beta which brought out MapsKit improvements and other tidbits.

Beta 2 has a build number of 10B5105c versus 10B5095f for Beta 1. Apple says iOS 6 Beta 2 contains bug fixes and improvements over iOS 6.0.1, in addition to tweaks like a new information card in the Passbook app.

A new beta of the Apple TV software is also available. The new iOS 6.1 beta is available for the various iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV devices. Apple’s registered developers can download them via the company’s developer portal.

The iPhone maker also released Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 2 today (build 4H95e), its preferred development environment for third-parties that write Mac and iOS apps. Your release notes and additional info are right below…

And in response to user feedback, Apple added  a new Passbook information card which explains what the software is capable of. Previously, launching Passbook was confusing because the app lacks sample cards or any viable explanation revealing its purpose.

The new information card in the Passbook app was first noted by RazorianFly.

The card’s appearance is substantially different to the information screen that used to greet users on first run.

The Panorama mode in the Camera app now works again and users – fortunately – are again able to download individual songs from iTunes Match (in Beta 1, you could only download whole albums).

Registered Apple developers can download an appropriate build of the new iOS and Apple TV software for their devices throught the Apple Developer web site. The second iOS 6.1 Beta build is compatible with the second, third and fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5 plus fourth and fifth-gen iPod touch.

Existing devices with iOS 6.1 Beta 1 can also upgraded to today’s software over-the-air, by choosing General > Software Update in the Settings app.

iPhone 5 owners can determine the proper download for their device here.

Today’s build expires on Friday, December 28.


The new beta software for the Apple TV is provided for both second and third-generation of the set-top-box.

Here are the full iOS SDK Release Notes for iOS 6.1 Beta 2.

Apple TV



Known Issues

When browsing the iTunes Store, TV Shows is missing Networks, Genres, and Genius from the top menu.

The Top Movies and Top TV Shows grids are missing the featured carousels, as well as several featured shelves.

Podcasts is missing the Providers item from the top menu

Core Image



Known Issues

In iOS 6.0 and later, Core Image introduced new filters to the set provided in iOS 5. The complete set of filters can be found in Core Image Filter Reference.

Also in iOS 6.0 and later, Core Image allows for the creation of CIImage objects that reference OpenGL texture objects via the imageWithTexture:size:flipped:colorSpace: method.




Known Issues

In iOS 6.1 beta 1, you will not be able to upgrade or downgrade your iCloud storage (5 GB is free). As a workaround, please use either the latest OS X or a device running iOS 6.0.



In iOS 6.1, the Map Kit framework introduces the MKLocalSearch, MKLocalSearchRequest, and MKLocalSearchResponse classes. Apps can use these classes to perform map-based searches for addresses and points of interest. The results are then delivered to the app as an array of map item objects. For information about these new classes, see Map Kit Framework Reference.

Known Issues




As of iOS 6.1, the relevance behavior has changed for 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

Known Issues




In iOS 6.1, a new Reset Advertising Identifier button has been added to Advertising Settings. This button resets the Advertising Identifier so that future requests will return a different value.

Known Issues




This release does not support testing In-App Purchase in iOS Simulator. For apps that use this feature, please test on a device.

Known Issues




Weibo shows up in the Settings app only if a Chinese keyboard is enabled.

When using the iOS 6.1 SDK on OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion), if you use the iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.1 “Legacy SDK” in iOS Simulator, you will not be able to sign in to Twitter via the Settings pane and Twitter.frameworkwill not work correctly. If you need to test Twitter features, you will need to choose either the iOS 6.1 or iOS 6.0 Simulator run destination or test with iOS 5.x on a device. These problems do not occur when running Simulator on OS X v10.7 (Lion).

Known Issues


Ping us in comments of any changes you happen to spot in iOS 6.1 Beta 2.

  • Zorvage

    Good news, whats new? Oh God please let it be Cydia…

    • Would you like to install cydia? I would bow to the man “Tim” if he did that lol

  • Justin

    Maybe it’ll have Passbook for iPad!!!

    • Andrew Weissman

      Passbook isn’t on iPad? I thought it was on all iOS 6 Devices?

      • Justin

        I really wish it was, but only the iPhone and the iPod touch running iOS 6 has it 🙁

    • I don’t really want Passbook on the iPad but would be nice to have it there anyways just to get the notifications on both my devices.

    • JomanJi

      Great idea, however it would look wierd if you go shopping and pay with an iPad lol

  • Mr_Russ1an

    i think you mean november 1st in paragraph one instead of october 1st

  • They should include Siri in the update for all idevices, I don’t see why they shouldn’t be able to do that.

    • It would use too much memory on my iPod. I only have 8 GB’s

      • Storage space has nothing to do with Siri. When people say it uses too much memory they mean ram not storage space.

    • Because that diminishes the demand for the newer devices.

      • JomanJi

        You mean like,
        Apple: if you wan’t siri, get a newer iphone! TROLLOL

    • Siri is on the devices that Apple want it on.. What you or others think is not important to Apple..

  • paras shah

    Are there any accessibility aditions or new features

  • paras shah

    Are there any accessibility features

  • Ok so new things I have found:

    One: Passbook intro screen is changed.
    Two: If you double click home button in lock screen, the volume slider makes a little turn while popping up.

    • Been there in all iOS 6 versions. Try moving your device around 😉

      • I mean in the lock screen though. I knew it existed in the Music App, but 6.1 beta 1 updated the lock screen to have the new look. It did have the rotation feature as well, but beta 2 added a little spin gesture when the lock screen controls pop up now.

  • When I tried out 6.1 beta 1, the panorama feature on my phone was completely fucked on my iPhone 5. The words were all jumbled and upon trying a panorama, the camera app would instantly crash. Does this update fix that?

    • happen the same to my ip5

    • It does. 🙂

      • So you’re saying if I reupdate to 6.1 beta 1, then update through that to beta 2, my panorama won’t be screwed up?

      • Yes, I updated to iOS 6.1 Beta 1 and was disappointed that my Panorama feature wouldn’t work, but I just updated to Beta 2 today, and it works like a charm!

  • When does iPad mini comes to Honduras

  • Please upvote this so people can see! There’s a significant update to the music interface upon selecting an artist, and then album — you’ll notice the tracks and their time are surrounded by a bigger rectangle. Bad description, I know; see for yourselves!

  • yup and its still boring as hell..

  • if iPhone 5 run iOS 3.1.3 would create a f*cking Black hole in space-time.

  • Smart Guy

    We use Burmese Unicode fonts name Zawgyi Unicode font to view our language on web.

    We use special apps (Mogok, Myanmar Browser lite) for viewing on iPhone and iPad as this font is not embeded.

    They are OK to view all our language sites without problems prior iOS 6.

    Now with iOS6, the problem comes.
    Safari engine rendering for web pages causes those apps frozen.
    If we type email with this unicode font, it is frozen.

    Frozen means it freezes for 10 seconds on every action triggered from your touch.

    Imagine how annoying!

    Not even that font, Apple approved Myanmar Unicode font also have the same issue.

    I have tested it already.
    Here is the web link ( you can browse on iOS Safari and you won’t see the language display but you will see what happening. If you download the apps that I have mentioned, you will be able to view the fonts.

    I can send you test email and see the problem in Mail App as well.

    This is not only happening on my iPhone and iPad…I have called my friends, and all have the same issue.
    So, it is clearly A BIG BUG.
    I love Apple products. But now I am very very frustrated how they manage, how they release products and softwares.

    I have never seen it is released recklessly.

    I don’t find “Attention to Detail” anymore.
    We are now holding back and reviewing for our next gadgets.. Thank you Apple.