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iOS 6.1 Beta 3 Released [Developers Only]

After just three weeks with iOS 6.1 beta 2, Apple released the third beta of iOS 6.1 to developers with the build number of 10B511b. The iOS 6.1 beta 2 carried the build number of 10B5105c and was released on November 12.

iOS 6.1 beta 3

The iOS 6.1 beta 3 release notes are in line with previous beta notes mentioning a number of changes from iOS 6.0.1. Among the most notable improvements are the ones related to Apple's criticized Maps application, with iOS 6.1 allowing apps to perform map-based searches for addresses and points of interest using the updated Map Kit framework.

Another great addition of iOS 6.1 is the improved Passbook app. Apple notes that "as of iOS 6.1 the relevance behavior has changed for boarding passes that include both a relevant date and relevant location. The date must match for these passes to be relevant." However, while Passbook is a great feature of iOS 6 it has its part of criticism from users as well.

Finally, iOS 6.1 beta 3 comes aims to improve Safari as well, but since it is still a beta version, we still expect further enhancements of the mobile Safari.

Apple also released a beta of the Apple TV software, and an Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 3. If you have a developer account you can download from the Apple Developer page or if your iDevice already runs a previous version of iOS 6.1 beta, you can download the update via OTA.

One thing though I noticed during my update is with iOS 6.1 beta 3: after installing it on my iPhone a new welcome screen showed up and let me re-setup my iCloud account. It's like when you use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for the first time.

We can all agree that iOS has it's fair share of bugs and downfalls, but time will tell if Apple is really listening, and if iOS 6.1 will indeed be a significant improvement or a disappointing update.

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