Sources from Germany say Apple might roll out iOS 6.1 Gold Master (GM) to developers on Monday. iOS 6.1 is known to include new features for ordering movie tickets via Siri, iCloud security enhancements, and the ability to integrate third-party apps with the Apple Maps application.Apple has so far released four iOS 6.1 betas to developers for testing. iFun’s sources say (Google translation) a fifth beta is just around the corner possibly bearing a GM label.
The sources say they expect the software to be released to developers no later than Monday.
Early iOS 6.1 testers noticed changes to the iCloud setup screen, a few Passbook updates, a “reset” toggle for the Advertising Identifier, new cellular data options for iTunes sync, and Voice Dial enhancements.
iOS 6.1 will ask customers to confirm their Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages when setting up iCloud for the first time.
Customers in the UK will see the Passbook “movie tickets” listing changed to “cinema tickets.” And “theaters” will be listed as “cinemas.”
Voice Control will allow users to activate a ‘Voice Dial Only’ option that prevents the app from accessing other applications services.
The Maps application in iOS 6.1 will show a big “Report a Problem” button in the middle of its interface.
The Map Kit framework will allow third-party application developers to code their apps so that they “programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest.”
When it’s released to the public, iOS 6.1 will be compatible with 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).