Apple Releases iOS 6.1, Next Comes The Jailbreak

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Following a last minute Friday release of developer beta 5, Apple has officially released the final iOS 6.1 for all compatible devices… which, of course, opens the door to the imminent iOS 6.1 Jailbreak.

The headlining new feature of iOS 6.1 is that it adds LTE support to 36 iPhone carriers and 23 iPad carriers around the world. You can also purchase movie tickets through Siri now, and the Apple TV gets new Bluetooth functionality, iTunes 11’s Up Next functionality, and iTunes in the Cloud support. There’s also a host of new bug fixes.

Most excitingly? The official release of iOS 6.1 heralds the long delayed availability of an untethered iOS 6 jailbreak for all devices short of the Apple TV 3.

iOS 6.1 final is the same as iOS 6.1 Beta 5, so if you downloaded that over the weekend, you won’t have to install anything more. Press release and direct download links are after the jump.

Download Links
Apple TV 2G (AppleTV2,1) version 5.2 (Build 10B144b), Download
Apple TV 3G (AppleTV3,1) version 5.2 (Build 10B144b), Download
AppleTV3,2 (AppleTV3,2) version 5.2 (Build 10B144b), Download
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad2,4 (iPad2,4) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad Mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad Mini (GSM) (iPad2,6) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad Mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 3 (GSM) (iPad3,2) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 3 (CDMA) (iPad3,3) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPhone 3GS (iPhone2,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPhone 4 (GSM) (iPhone3,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B144), Download
iPhone 4 (GSM) (2012) (iPhone3,2) version 6.1 (Build 10B144), Download
iPhone 4 (CDMA) (iPhone3,3) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
iPhone 4S (iPhone4,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B142), Download
iPhone 5 (GSM) (iPhone5,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B143), Download
iPhone 5 (CDMA) (iPhone5,2) version 6.1 (Build 10B143), Download
iPod Touch 4G (iPod4,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B144), Download
iPod Touch 5G (iPod5,1) version 6.1 (Build 10B141), Download
Press Release

New Version Adds LTE Support For 36 Additional iPhone Carriers Worldwide

CUPERTINO, California—January 28, 2013—Apple® today updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone® carriers and 23 additional iPad® carriers around the world, so even more iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad* with Retina® display users can experience ultrafast wireless performance** to browse, download and stream content at blazing fast speeds. To date, iOS users have uploaded over nine billion photos to Photo Stream, sent over 450 billion iMessages and received over four trillion notifications.

“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iOS 6.1 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.”

iOS 6 features include Siri®, which supports more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Maps with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®; and Passbook®, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place. Additional updates in iOS 6.1 include the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the US through Fandango, and iTunes Match℠ subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.

The revolutionary App Store℠ offers more than 800,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch® users, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps. App Store customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, and Apple has paid over seven billion dollars to its incredible developer community. Customers can choose from apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health & fitness and travel.

Availability
iOS 6.1 is available as a free software update today. iOS 6.1 is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (third and fourth generation), iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth and fifth generation). Some features may not be available on all products. For more information please visit www.apple.com.

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  • jimlat

    And the bluetooth keyboard update for Apple TV… =)

  • technochick

    And the return of downloading songs individually in iTunes Match. Finally

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