Apple Releases iOS 6.1 Update

  • Adds 36 additional iPhone carriers
  • Adds 23 new iPad carriers
  • iTunes Match

Apple rolled out its free iOS 6.1 update today, carrying with it better LTE.

  • Adds 36 additional iPhone carriers
  • Adds 23 new iPad carriers
  • iTunes Match

Apple rolled out its free iOS 6.1 update today, carrying with it better LTE.

Today’s LTE expansion adds 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 new iPad carriers. New regions include Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, the Philippines, and several Middle Eastern countries now have LTE capabilities.

"iOS 6 is the world's most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history," Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a Monday statement. "iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads."

In addition, downloading iOS 6.1, users will also discover that Siri has learned how to buy movie tickets. At least in the US for now, Apple has integrated Fandango and Apple’s voice controlled assistant, allowing users to command Siri to buy you movie tickets.

This incremental iOS update is rounded out by iTunes Match, which lets subscribers download individual songs to their iOS device via iCloud.

iPhones and iPads weren’t the only Apples devices to get a software update today. Apple also pushed Apple TV firmware 5.2 out to users of its “hobby” set-top box. Second- and third-generation Apple TVs are now a little bit easier to control thanks to Bluetooth keyboard support.

Also in the new Apple TV update is an "Up Next" feature that displays which song will play next and support for browsing and playing iTunes music from iCloud.

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.

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