Release chock-full of fixes targeting iTunes Store, iCloud, Language support
Developers enrolled with Apple’s annual program are being handed a new beta of iOS 6.1, the upcoming major release of the company’s mobile operating system powering iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch players.People with knowledge of the software say TV Shows are no longer missing Networks, Genres, and Genius from the top menu when browsing the iTunes Store.
Also fixed in iOS 6.1 Beta 3 (reportedly labeled 10B5117b), the Top Movies and Top TV Shows grids are showing the featured carousels, as well as several featured shelves.
In iOS 6.1 beta 2, users were not able to upgrade or downgrade their iCloud storage. As a workaround, developers were asked to use either the latest OS X or a device running iOS 6.0. That’s no longer the case in beta 3.
Typing quickly could result in incorrect input when using Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese and some Emoji could not be entered using the Pinyin and Zhuyin keyboards. Both these errors have been addressed.
Other fixes are also said to be included for Traditional Chinese users.
iOS 6.0 introduced a five-row Thai keyboard and removed the previous four-row keyboard. For Thai customers, iOS 6.1 makes both the five-row and the four-row Thai keyboards available.
Developers are told to test in-app purchases on a test device as iOS 6.1 Beta 3 doesn’t support testing In-App Purchase in iOS Simulator.
Devs looking to test Twitter features are told to choose either the iOS 6.1 or iOS 6.0 Simulator run destination. Alternately, they can test with iOS 5.x on a device. Apple points out that Simulator on OS X v10.7 (Lion) doesn’t exhibit these problems.
The Maps and Passbook apps remain unchanged.
To download iOS 6.1 Beta 3 (Build 10B5117b), visit Apple’s iOS Dev Center.