Here’s What’s New In Apple’s Latest iOS 6.1 Beta

Here’s What’s New In Apple’s Latest iOS 6.1 Beta

Apple released iOS 6.1 beta 3 to registered developers yesterday, but unless your iOS device’s unique identification number (UDID) is registered with Apple’s developer program, you can’t install it. But don’t worry, we can tell you everything that’s new in this version, including some changes to iCloud setup and Passbook sample cards, new mobile-cellular data options, and more.

Here’s a list of changes that have been spotted in the latest iOS 6.1 beta so far:

  • Changes to iCloud Setup
    When setting up an iOS device for the first time with iCloud, it will now ask you to confirm your Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages. It will also ask you to confirm how you’d like people to reach you, and tells you that you can change these settings at any time later on.
  • Passbook Sample Card Updated
    The sample card within Passbook has been updated slightly for those in the United Kingdom, changing “movie tickets” to “cinema tickets” in the first sentence, and “theaters” to “cinemas” in the last sentence.
  • Reset Advertising Identifier Now Works
    Before this release, tapping the ‘Reset Advertising Identifier’ button in the Advertising menu did nothing. Now it appears to be working, and asks you to confirm that you’d like to reset the data (pictured below).
  • Voice Dial Only
    For those who still use Voice Control over Siri, you can now activate a ‘Voice Dial Only’ option that limits the feature — as its name suggests — to voice dialing only. That’ll prevent it from playing Morrisey when you ask it to call your friend, Tom Morrison.
  • New Cellular Data Option for iTunes
    There’s now an iTunes option within the cellular data settings (pictured below). By default, it’s turned off — at least in this beta, though that may change for final release — so you’ll need to activate it if you want to download songs over 3G and 4G data connections. 

Here’s What’s New In Apple’s Latest iOS 6.1 Beta

That appears to be all that’s new with this particular beta. As iOS updates go, it’s certainly not the most exciting for the average user. Apple is yet to finish working on the software at this point, of course, so we could see other changes in the next beta.

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  • zKINGb

    I am on iOS 6.0.1 and have the cellular iTunes feature… I don’t think thats new…

  • brylliant94

    The iTunes celluar feature was removed in the past betas of 6.1. It has been added again.

  • BCE

    I hope that they can keep the keyboard shortcut phrases working. They worked on the update, but then quit working again. Seriously?!

  • murbly

    C’mon professionals. It lists these in the update itself. The lock screen music controls have changed a little bit. Let us know of some others they forgot to mention. Thanks!

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