Apple has seeded a third beta of iOS 6.1 to developers this morning. The update, which includes “bug fixes and other improvements,” comes nearly three weeks after beta 2. The new firmware is now available via an OTA update or through Apple’s developer portal…

Registered iOS developers can download the full beta 3 software from Apple’s Dev Center, and existing devices running an iOS 6.1 beta can upgrade to today’s new firmware over-the-air. Just open the Settings app, and tap General > Software Update > Install Now.

Thus far, all three versions of the 6.1 beta have been light on any major differences from its predecessor. The list for changes includes new boarding pass behavior in Apple’s Passbook application, tweaks to Safari, and some backend changes in Apple’s mapping software.

It’s also worth noting that Sn0wBreeze creator and known iOS hacker iH8sn0w has announced that iOS 6.1 beta 3 expires at the same time and on the same date as beta 2: Friday December 28, 2012 @ 12AM (GMT). That means, we should see the next beta before then.

We’ve just installed today’s update ourselves, and as always, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for anything worth note and report back to you. Until then, feel free to let us know if you discover any changes in the new firmware either down in the comments or via Twitter.

  • How stable is it?

    • Apple

      It’s stable don’t worry i’m using it since Beta 1 and I already gave Beta 3 a touch and looks pritty good.

  • Installing…

  • Hi I am waiting jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 what do think better i update to iOS 6.1 beta 3??

    • …in english please

    • Guest

      How about update only if you are a developer?

    • suxes

      This update is available for developers only.

  • David Cole

    Hope they fix 3g VPNs which are busted since IOS6

  • Justin Amberson

    No changelog?

  • not sure if it has been answered but is it safe to upgrade to 6.0.1 on the 5? for jailbreaking that is.

    • suxes

      If you’re waiting for jailbreak, It is recommended that you stay away from any updates yet.

  • Just updated and I see no changes whatsoever so far.

    • Although it did make me go through the set up process upon completing the download, interestingly enough.

    • Can you check to see if the purchased section works yet? In6.0.1 it’s still crashing on iPhone 5

      • Yeah I have an iPhone 5 and do you mean the “Purchases” sections on the App Store and iTunes Store? Cuz they both work fine for me…

      • I meant the AppStore only on the iPhone 5? For some reason iTunes purchased section works but the AppStore on the phone itself it will just load lag then crash it’s been happening for a while its not serious but It would be easier for me to get old apps instead of searching.

  • Why do you wanna update to iOS 6.1 even the 6.0 doesn’t have a jailbreak?

  • It is sad that the x.1 updates are now becoming more of a “little addition” update. Definitely not like iOS 4 days :(.

  • DomPerignon1

    This is more bad news for the jailbreaking community. Everyday that passes, a new jailbreak is farther ahead.

  • Is it ok to up date to 6.0.1 6.1 when it come’s out

  • Waiting for beta 4 now….
    I don’t see any changes in beta 3

  • Chamroeun

    Is it ok to up date to 6.0.1 6.1 when it come’s out……….!

  • Hope they make the iPhone 5 battery usage better. The thing is like a vampire blood sucking.