Making sure that developers don’t feel neglected over the public release of iOS 6.0.1, Apple has rolled out a beta build of iOS 6.1 (labeled 10B5095f) alongside a new version of Xcode, the company’s standard developer toolset for iOS and OS X coding.
iOS 6.1 has now officially entered internal testing and is available as a free download to developers enrolled with Apple’s annual $99 / €76 program.
Those who have an account with the Cupertino giant can enter their credentials at developer.apple.com and grab the goods now.
According to a developers, iOS 6.1 improves Map Kit searching in Maps for developers.
Apparently, Apple is taking its first real steps in addressing the issues surrounding its Maps application that debuted in iOS 6 last month.
According to the release notes, leaked to the folks at 9to5mac, “The Map Kit framework now lets you programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest.”
“The MKLocalSearch class initiates a search for map-based content using a natural language string.”
“In other words, you can enter placename information or portions of an address and have Map Kit return search results that match the information you provide,” reads the documentation.
“For example, searching for the string ‘coffee’ would return the location of local coffee bars along with information about each one,” Apple says.
iOS 6.1 build 10B5095f applies to iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon), iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM), iPAd 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA), iPhone 5 (Model A1428), iPhone 5 (Model A1429), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 4 (CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (4th generation).