Apple released iOS 6.1 beta 1 (build 10B5095f) to developers today — just minutes after it released iOS 6.0.1 (build 10A523 and 10A525 for iPhone 5), signaling that Apple could be getting closer to releasing its next mobile OS update. In addition, Xcode 4.6 is also available for download.
Per reports, the developer build includes improvements to Apple’s “Map Kit Searches” which now allow developers to search for map-based addresses and points of interest.
A new class “MKLocalSearch” offers map-based content allowing users to enter place name information or portions of an address to return relevant information. For example, users could search the string “coffee,” and it would return the location of coffee bars in your locality along with details.
Only registered developers who are already enrolled with Apple membership Program can download iOS 6.1 beta 1 Build labeled as 10B5095f. If you can’t wait for public release, you can sign up to be an Apple developer for $99 to download bits of iOS 6.1 beta1 right now for iPad 2 (3G, WiFi), iPad 3 (3G, WiFi), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM, CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5 and iPod touch 4G/5G, models.
Developer builds for other new devices iPad mini and new fourth-generation iPad (iPad 4) have not been made available on Apple’s developer website.
Warning: Developers have already started digging iOS 6.1 beta 1 rigs. Before you download and install iOS 6.1 beta 1 onto your iOS device, it is highly recommended to backup your data. And yes, as usual, Jailbreaks should not try installing or updating their jailbroken iOS device to the latest iOS 6.1 beta, since it could patch the existing exploits.
Note: Devices update to iOS 6.1 beta cannot be restored to earlier version of iOS.
iOS 6.1 Beta 1 Direct Download Links
- The New iPad (iPad 3) : iPad 3 WiFi, iPad 3 (WiFi+3G)
- iPad 2 : Wi-Fi, WiFi + 3G (GSM), WiFi + 3G (CDMA), Revised Wi-Fi
- iPhone 4S, 4 (GSM), 4 (CDMA), 3GS, iPhone 5
- iPod touch 4G, ipod touch 5G