Apple has released iOS 6.1 (beta 2 with build 10B5105c) firmware today.
Two weeks ago Apple released iOS 6.1 (beta 1) firmware to the developers, and the firmware brought improvements to Apple Maps and Passbook. Here’s another update to the iOS 6 firmware, and this beta 2 firmware brings a couple of new things to the table.
The second iOS 6.1 beta firmware brings back Panorama feature which was broken on the previous firmware. Deleting songs individually on iTunes Match is possible. There’s a new Passbook with introduction. Even the invisible scrolling bug visible on iPhone 5 devices have been fixed on this new firmware.
Users who are not associated with Apple Developer Program should avoid downloading iOS 6.1 (beta 2) files. The firmware is released exclusively for iOS developers, to test and report issues, if any, to Apple. Other users (non-developers) have to wait a little longer to grab the stable version of iOS 6.1.
App developers can download iOS 6.1 (beta 2) by visiting the Apple’s Dev Center, or they can grab the IPSW files by following the links given below:
iOS 6.1 for iPads:
iOS 6.1 for iPhones:
iOS 6.1 for iPod Touches:
Many iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners have been disappointed with the iOS 6 / 6.0.1 firmware and they believe it’s a step backwards in Apple’s history. The billion dollar company removed Google Maps and replaced it with Maps (which doesn’t work well outside the US). Then, there are networking related problems, App Store crashes, and the battery doesn’t last longer.
The first iOS 6.1 beta firmware already improved iPhone’s battery life to a greater degree, but the prominent WiFi issues still remained.
Apple releases beta updates to developers to continually improve its mobile OS. We will update you more on iOS 6.1 beta 2 — new features and bugs it has fixed — in our future posts.