The Apple iPad Mini and the 4th generation iPad are now available to buy, in Wi-Fi-only configurations, in 34 countries and territories. If you’re in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, your nearest Apple store or Apple authorized reseller is now offering these devices.
The versions with mobile data connectivity built-in will go on sale in about two weeks, first in the US at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, and then slowly across the world.
As if to celebrate the release of its two newest tablets, Apple has also started rolling out a software update for all of its most recent iDevices, that will make them run iOS 6.0.1. As the version number implies, this is a minor update, focused solely on wiping out bugs and improving performance. Here are all the details about what iOS 6.0.1 does:
- Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
- Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
- Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
- Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
- Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
- Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
- Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
- Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings
And that’s it. The update comes in at about 70 MB for the iPhone 5, 48 MB on the iPhone 4S, and 35 MB on the iPod touch 4th generation. As is usually the case with Apple over-the-air software updates, expect the whole procedure to take around 20-30 minutes.
iOS 6.0.1 isn’t the only new release from Apple today, though. The company has also seeded iOS 6.1 Beta to developers. The only major new feature spotted so far in this version is the addition of ‘Map Kit Searches’ as part of the ‘Map Kit’ framework. This lets developers search for map-based addresses and points of interest.
What this means to users is that you could just search for ‘coffee’, and you’d be presented with the locations of the closest coffee shops to your location, alongside some information about each one of them. So yeah, like Google Maps.
The iOS 6.1 Beta isn’t available for the iPad Mini just yet, but that may change in the next few days. All in all, it doesn’t look like Apple’s prepping any earth-shattering new features prior to iOS 7.
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