For many months, the Cupertino company has been actively testing iOS 6.1. Just Saturday evening, Apple released iOS 6.1 beta 5 which is rather a strange move for the company. Upon a closer look, there seems to be nothing that significant when it comes to new features and changes. Even the most prominent members of the jailbreak community have found it strange for Apple to release a fifth beta version and they even found that it has a footprint of a final public release. Well, sure enough here it is, Apple has finally released iOS 6.1 Final for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Download iOS 6.1 IPSW after the jump
If you are expecting a wide list of changes and features, then you are likely going to be disappointed. The changelog for iOS 6.1 is rather brief. Apart from the usual array of improvements and bug fixes, one of the biggest draw of iOS 6.1 is the fact that it rolls out LTE support for more carriers. Tim Cook has mentioned this bit during the company's most recent earnings conference call (check out the complete list of carrier here).
Another noteworthy improvement is with Apple's mobile virtual assistant, Siri. Now using Siri, you will now be able to purchase movie tickets via Fandango, although this particular feature is only exclusive to U.S. users. Another upgrade that's in line is with iTunes Match. Subscribers will now be able to download individual songs from iCloud. And finally, there is now a new button that can reset the Advertising Identifier. This is just in case you don't want ad networks to serve you with targeted ads.
The official changelog itself has been quite a disappointment, but the real reason why iOS 6.1 Final is highly anticipated is the fact that the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak will surely come after. It has been widely emphasized by prominent jailbreak members that they need Apple to release iOS 6.1 before they can release the jailbreak. Now that iOS 6.1 is here, it's only a matter of time before we can get the highly-anticipated jailbreak.
You can upgrade to iOS 6.1 via your device (OTA Updates) or you may download iOS 6.1 IPSW file tailored for your device using the direct download links below.
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW Direct Links:
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 5 GSM (iPhone5,1_6.1_10B143_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 5 CDMA (iPhone5,2_6.1_10B143_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 4S (iPhone4,1_6.1_10B142_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 4 GSM (iPhone3,1_6.1_10B144_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 4 GSM (2012) (iPhone3,2_6.1_10B144_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 4 CDMA (iPhone3,3_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW for iPhone 3GS (iPhone2,1_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad Mini GSM (iPad2,6_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad Mini CDMA (iPad2,7_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad Mini WiFi (iPad2,5_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 4 GSM (iPad3,5_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 4 CDMA (iPad3,6_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 4 WiFi (iPad3,4_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 3 GSM (iPad3,2_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 3 CDMA (iPad3,3_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 3 WiFi (iPad3,1_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 2 GSM (iPad2,2_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 2 CDMA (iPad2,3_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 2 WiFi (iPad2,1_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPad 2 16GB (NEW) (iPad2,4_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPod Touch 4G (iPod4,1_6.1_10B144_Restore.ipsw)
Download iOS 6.1 IPSW iPod Touch 5G (iPod5,1_6.1_10B141_Restore.ipsw)