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New In iOS 6.1: Purchase Movie Tickets Via Siri, Expanded LTE Support & More

After five betas, iOS 6.1 is finally out for all supported iOS devices. Contrary to popular expectations, it doesn’t come with any fresh new feature for everyone to enjoy like, say, a redesigned camera app, or a new lock screen shortcut for camera – the sort that were introduced with iOS 5.1 about a year ago. Instead, what you get is a small, region-locked feature addition to Siri, expanded LTE support in certain countries and an update to iTunes Match. Check out all the details after the jump.


The news comes straight from Apple.com in the form of a press release in which the company boasts about the new features in iOS 6.1.

Changelog for the update is as follows:

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • 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

The new LTE support list includes the following wireless operators from around the world (via MacRumors):

  • USA: Alaska Communications, Alaska GCI, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire, Cellcom, Pioneer Cellular
  • Canada: MTS, Sasktel
  • Puerto Rico: Claro, Open Mobile
  • Croatia: T-Mobile, VIPNet
  • Denmark: 3, Telenor, Telia
  • Finland: DNA, Elisa, Sonera
  • Greece: Cosmote
  • Hungary: T-Mobile
  • Italy: 3, TIM, Vodafone
  • Kuwait: Zain
  • Luxembourg: Tango
  • Philippines: Globe, SMART
  • Portugal: Optimus, TMN, Vodafone
  • Saudi Arabia: Mobily, Zain
  • South Africa: Vodacom
  • Switzerland: Swisscom
  • UAE: DU, Etisalat

From what we’ve heard, an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 is just around the corner. As such, if you rely on jailbreak tweaks or apps, please stay away from this update until the jailbreak community gives the signal.

If you are updating anyway, we recommend doing it over-the-air from Settings > General > Software Update instead of downloading the full near-1GB IPSW file. It’s smaller – weighing in about 90MB for people using iOS 6.0.1 – and much, much faster as a result. However, if you plan on freeing your device with the upcoming untethered jailbreak, you should know that one of the devs (pimskeks) from Evad3rs – the team behind the promised jailbreak – has suggested doing a fresh install instead.

You can download the complete IPSW for your device from the links below. Please be sure to download the correct version, otherwise you may harm your device.

iOS 6.1 Direct Download Links

What do you think about iOS 6.1? Let us know in the comments section below!

If you own an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 4G, you might want to take a look at our guide on how to get tethered jailbreak on iOS 6.1.


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