If you own an Apple iPhone or iPad, it’s time to check Software Update, as the company has released iOS 6.1 - the latest version of its mobile operating system. This is the first major update for iOS 6, which was originally released last year, just in time for the iPhone 5 to go on sale. However, it’s not the most feature-packed iOS update we’ve ever seen.
The release notes tell us the features we can expect once the new software has been installed, but they’re all only relevant to some users. The first is the ability to use an app named Fandango through Siri, which allows users to buy tickets to the cinema. However, like several Siri features, this is only applicable to people living in the USA. To take advantage of the next feature, you’ll need to be an iTunes Match subscriber, as iOS 6.1 adds the ability to download individual songs from iCloud.
Finally, Apple has added 4G LTE support to the iPhone for 36 more networks around the world, along with 23 more for the 4G iPad models, which includes the iPad Retina and the iPad Mini. If you want to make sure your iPhone 5 has 4G LTE support, you can do so using Apple’s own chart here, and referencing the model number found on the page with the one on the back of your phone. In the UK, 4G LTE is offered through EE only at the moment.
Aside from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, that’s it for iOS 6.1. It can be downloaded over-the-air using Software Update, a process which takes less than 10 minutes, or applied in its entirety through iTunes, but this will take considerably longer.