So we were all surprised today when Apple released an upgrade to iOS 6. While we knew 6.1 had been in beta for quite a while, there was no announcement of when we could expect an official release. While syncing my iPhone 5 today, I was ecstatic to get a release that I didn’t have to tolerate a huge wait for.
While no new big features were expected, Apple had announced the update contained improvement and bug fixes. What they listed were:
- LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
- Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
- iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
- New button to reset the Advertising Identifier
Most noticeably to me with this upgrade is that iOS 6.1 seems much smoother. Things open faster, scroll smoother and all around my phone appears to be much snappier. While many have voiced their disappointment with the lack of new features, I can’t help but wonder if this upgrade is laying the groundwork for a much bigger update come iOS 6.2 or even iOS 7. If the next iPhone is really set to drop in the June/July time period, then I would bet its not unlikely we see an official announcement from Apple somewhere between March and April.
One other small difference I noticed was that Find Friends opens up showing you the last known locations on the map of the friends you have listed.
Maps also has put the “Report a Problem” in multiple places. Which I guess would be great if they were actually going to listen to the problems that people report. While I have never really had much of a problem with Maps, my biggest nuisance is that my home address is wrong. I’ve reported the problem since the day it was released and continue to do so multiple times a week. But up until this release, the address is still wrong. How many times does one address have to be reported before they will fix it.
Overall the upgrade gets a thumbs up from me. If you have yet to install any of the other upgrades for iOS 6, there is no time like the present to do so. I have had no battery issues with any release of iOS 6 and I can confirm I have none at this time. Since I charged my phone right after upgrading my phone, it has dropped down to 77% with 10 Hours, 25 minutes of standby time and 3 Hours, 37 Minutes of usage time. Definitely seems to be a solid, steady release for Apple and iOS 6.1