January 29, 2013
EDMONTON, AB, Jan. 29, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Apple’s updated iOS (version 6.1) includes LTE capabilities to 36 more iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world.
According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, ‘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. iOS 6.1’ he added, ‘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.’
All carriers in Canada – including Bell (and Virgin), TELUS (and Koodo), Rogers (and Fido), MTS and Sasktel, are now offering LTE. iPad 3rd Gen, however, appears to be limited to Bell, TELUS and Rogers).
Siri enhancements have also been added in iOS 6.1, including the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the U.S. through Fandango. iTunes Match subscribers can also download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.
Apple also added a new button that allows you to reset the Advertising identifier, which seems like a cookie. (Settings–>General–> About–>Advertising). There has also been an undocumented change to Passbook, and thanks to MacRumors for alerting me to it. The change isn’t huge but is most welcomed: previously, when you first launched Passbook you got an initial Welcome screen that allowed you to easily find Passbook friendly apps, but that was only for the first time. Subsequently you didn’t get that option. But once again, now you can.
Apple iOS 6.1 will also ship with the new, just announced, 4th generation iPad with 128GB of memory, double the amount currently available.
There are now more than 800,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps.
iOS 6.1 is available today as a free software update. You will need to re-enter your password for iCloud, iMessage and FaceTime. It’s compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th and 5th generation). Some features may not be available on all products. For more information please visit www.apple.com.
The 128GB 4th Generation iPad will hit the streets on February 5th. It will retail for $799 with Wi-Fi; $929 for Wi-Fi + cellular.
Greg Gazin is a Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker and Senior Editor at Troy Media. He can be reached at Gadgetguy.CA on Twitter @gadgetgreg or you can find him on Empire Avenue at (e)GADGET1.
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