Yesterday Apple released iOS 6.0.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to the public. This new update comes with a plethora of bug fixes, security and performance improvements. Being a minor update, one should not expect any new features from iOS 6.0.1. However Apple has a major platform update of iOS 6 in the pipline. The company has officially seeded beta 1 of iOS 6.1. The iOS 6.1 beta 1 IPSW is now available for download.
Bear in mind that beta firmware is only made available to registered developers. Therefore if you are not a registered developer with Apple, you will not be able to download iOS 6.1 beta 1 IPSW for your particular iOS device. Apple does not seed beta firmware to the public.
Usually changelog of a beta iOS firmware is made publicly available. However that is not the case with iOS 6.1 beta 1. There is speculation that the registered developers have been committed to a non-disclosure agreement so as to prevent any details regarding the features of iOS 6.1 from getting leaked. It is nonetheless known that iOS 6.1 beta 1 features many bug fixes and improvements, most of which were publicly pushed out in iOS 6.0.1.
Readers should exercise caution if they find iOS 6.1 beta 1 IPSW freely available for download online. Be advised that beta firmware is not intended for the common user. Furthermore it is illegal for developers to distribute beta firmware. Beta firmware can also cause problems with the device itself therefore if you do not know what to do with iOS 6.1 beta 1 firmware, then it is strongly advised that you refrain from testing it out even if the iOS 6.1 beta 1 IPSW file is made available to you.
There is speculation that Apple has been working on a fix for Apple Maps, which will be released with iOS 6.1. The Apple Maps application has received numerous horrendous reviews up till now. It is also believed that this is the reason behind Scott Forstall’s departure from Apple. Surely Apple will release substantial fixes for its home grown Mapping service, as right now its standards not befitting that of a service offered by Apple.
So if you are a registered Apple developer, you can download iOS 6.1 beta 1 IPSW from the Developers Portal right now. There is no word yet as to when Apple intends to publicly releasing iOS 6.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Rest assured, we will be there to let you know when that happens.