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iOS 6.1 update arrives, Apple claims 300m users

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 at 10:07

Apple has updated iOS to version 6.1, but the refresh offers little that's new for UK users.

Apple said iOS 6.1 extends LTE/4G support to another 36 mobile carriers worldwide - although in the UK, that remains limited to EE, the only operator with 4G at the moment.

Other updates include using Siri to buy movie tickets - in the US only - and fixing iTunes Match integration, allowing individual songs to be downloaded from iCloud to a device after a bug in the previous version.

While the features may not sound particularly exciting, the update also includes a series of security fixes, including one for a certificate authority authentication issue, a series of WebKit bugs, and another that would allow a hacker to temporarily disable Wi-Fi.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said iOS 6 was already on 300m iPhones, iPads and iPod touches only five months after launch, saying "it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history". While Android is on more devices, Google's mobile OS is more fragmented between versions, and users don't tend to update to new releases as quickly.

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User comments

Big Whoop

Is it my imagination, or are Apple using their own maps to view the world?

Apparently the UK is missing from the map.

I looked at my wife's iPod touch, running iOS 4.3 and there's very little different from my iOS6 iPhone - apart from bloat.

By cheysuli on 29 Jan 2013

iOS 6 is popular???

All iOS 6 did for me on my iPad was to knacker maps. "Popular" is not the word that springs to mind.

By revsorg on 29 Jan 2013

It would be nice to think that iOS 6.1 would restore some of the performance of previous versions.

By halsteadk on 29 Jan 2013

Re: Cheysuli

Agreed that the update is very minor, but have to diagree with cheysuli - the differences are massive - it's just that Apple introduces changes which are so easily adoptable, that you forget you didn't use to have them. Taking shots with the volume button, iMessage, iCloud, facebook integration to sync with calendars, offline viewing in Safaari, reader mode for full screen reading, changes to Game Center are just a few of the changes!

By Jonny_Bingham on 29 Jan 2013


And of course as an owner of original iPad, I can't have iOS6 - how does that affect fragmentation figures?

By KevPartner on 29 Jan 2013

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