Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds Siri movie ticket purchases in the U.S., wider LTE support, and more

Apple release iOS 6.1 update over the air and on iTunes

Apple has released iOS 6.1 to the public. The update brings a number of improvements, including increased LTE support and the ability for users in the US to purchase movie tickets with Siri.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at
  • Purchase movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
  • iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
  • New button to reset the Advertising Identifier

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

You can grab the update right now on your device by going to Settings, General, Software Update on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, or connecting you device to iTunes and downloading the update there.

Once you've updated, let us know how it's working for you. Fix any annoying old bugs? Add any annoying new ones?

Update: Apple TV software has also been updated.

Joseph Keller

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siddo_d says:

My iPhone 5 got the update but the iPhone 4 doesn't have seem to have it on EE?

Update: It came through!

phreddyl says:

my guess is that the 4 is no longer supported

phreddyl says:

nope I am wrong- just got this from apple site System Requirements
iPhone 3GS and later
iPad 2 and later
iPod touch 4th generation and later

siddo_d says:

It finally came through!

entwined82 says:

My Verizon Wireless iphone 4 saw the update, installing now. Maybe try it via itunes.

Premium1 says:

So much for everyone who was so about installing the leaked beta for it to be released the next day lol

kch50428 says:

AppleTV 2&3 iOS Update available as well...bringing Bluetooth keyboard support, Up Next, and an enhanced iTunes in the Cloud service.

MacBipes says:

With this final version released, is there any word of Jailbreak teams finalizing the 6.0.2 jailbreak soon?

infty says:

They announced that the jailbreak should be available this week. It's an untethered jailbreak. I am very excited.

arin.failing says:

STOKED! I've been waiting SO long to have my jailbreak back! Can't wait to unleash my A6 processor for what it can REALLY do!

keri2000 says:

Sweet. Does this mean I should stay on 6.0.2? I miss jailbreak so much.

Susharm says:

Wt is d use of jailbroking iPhone ???

Boobie12 says:

Yes jailbreak should be soon

SockRolid says:

Weird that I had to enter my Apple ID all over again after the update. Can't remember if that was necessary after the 6.0 update. Also, my iPhone 5 asked me for my Apple ID password three times. I tapped "Cancel" the third time and it stopped asking.

Premium1 says:

same thing happened to me.

j0hn00 says:

Same for me as well. I can't seem to add my iCould address to iMessage or FaceTime. It keeps asking for the password and then just deletes itself from settings.

sf_basilix says:

something tells me there's more to this update than what they're showing. Why call it .1 and not 6.0.2?

offdahglass says:

Wouldn't matter because it would be just a play on numbers, right?

sf_basilix says:

well, from my programming days, bug fixes would typically come with a x.x.1 update while an x.1 update would bring new features along with the bug fixes. While they did bring one or two new features, they're fairly insignificant in my opinion.

arin.failing says:

i think apple feels that some people might find these feature additions as more important than others. i tend to agree with you, though.

nickpthemft says:

They had a 6.0.2 already. It fixed WiFi issues with the iPhone 5 and the newest iPads/iPods. To the best of my memory, that is.

BBooDad says:

6.01 was supposed to fix Wi-Fi with mini-Pad, but didn't, at least with me, as it was dropping the connection or not starting automatically. Hopefully 6.1 fixes that!

Better LTE connections for non-Verizon/AT&T phones is supposed to be part of 6.1

djstarion says:

I'm pretty sure it's because there was new APIs added

Dionte says:

It feels snappier on the iPhone 5, I hope its the same on the iPad 3.

iSRS says:

Sweet! updating both of mine now. And my daughter's iPod touch 5th gen. Will do my other daughter's iPod touch 4th gen and wife's 4S tonight when they go to bed.

EDIT: Snappy indeed!

johnnymac says:

hoping they fix the funkiness with auto-replace not working as it should....

NWNirvana says:

Yes me too! I thought i was the only one with that problem.

ruscolinni says:

Nope... Been bugging me as well

rpol86 says:

New music buttons on the lock screen

stephen007 says:

OMG. They *finally* fixed the iPod controls on the lock screen to separate the buttons more. So frustrating to skip to another track when you meant to pause instead. This should have been fixed in 2008.

luiggimaster says:

Yeah.. That was so annoying but finally they fixed it!

jward3213 says:

Anybody else having trouble with WiFi? I never had a issue like some did with iOS 6... now I can't connect to either of the 2 WiFi networks I usually can.

Premium1 says:

No issues on my ipad mini or iPhone 5

raysivley says:

I connected to mine at the house just fine. maybe you got a bad download. Did you use Itunes or OTA?

babeebenz says:

I am. My wifi connection is worse, on my iPhone 5, than it was before the last update. It hasn't worked correctly since iOS 6! My phone is very slow to open apps or search in Safari. So far it appears this update made things worse for me. I hope I'm the only one as I really don't wish these issues, I've consistently had, on other iPhone users!

SockRolid says:

Just FYI: the Advertising Identifier reset button is buried way down in Settings -> General -> About -> Advertising.

There's also an on/off switch for the "Limit Ad Tracking" setting.

SockRolid says:

I had an iOS 6.1 issue with Pages: it didn't upload edited documents to iCloud from my iPad mini. No problem with iOS 6.1 and Pages on the iPhone 5 or the iWork tab on Just the iPad.

Fix: restart the iPad. That's all it took. But the iPad was already restarted after updating to iOS 6.1, so there's obviously a bug somewhere. Minor but annoying.

iSRS says:

Getting the "Unable to Verify Update" on the OTA on iPod Touch 5th gen. Connecting to iTunes fails as an unsupported device? Anyone else with this issue?

EDIT: Apple must of corrected the path. All set now. iPod touch 5th gen up and no more issues. iPod touch 4th gen and iPhone 4S in progress

EDIT 2: iPod touch 4th gen and iPhone 4S all up and good!

Ides of Buster says:

Yes, I got the same error earlier when I tried to update my iPod touch 5 OTA and via iTunes. As you indicated, it did work later.

My iPod touch 4 and iPad 3 all updated without incident.

jasonprice says:

Is it just me, or can I no longer download a previously purchased song on my iPhone 4s? When I go to the iTunes app, more, and then hit the purchased button it takes me to the "purchased" playlist in the music app.

GlennRuss says:

Wonder if there are bug security issues they are not stating. My account was charged twice on 1/25/13. Apple stated it looked like someone used my credit information to create a new account. I changed by password right away. I change it off, and on. The thing that bugs me, how did someone get the three digit security code from the credit card? At least they will credit the charge, but I will just use gift cards from now on. Strange?

mjh937 says:

I had a similar problem. Someone was using my credit card on their iTunes account. They charged over $1,000 before I got my statement and noticed. American Express was great, but Apple refused to even give me the amount charged to MY credit card without a subpoena. I spent hours figuring out which charges were mine so I could tell AmEx. I will never use anything but an iTunes cards again.

ggore says:

1.11 GB OS update for the iPad?! Apple needs to realize that not everyone has a 50 MB broadband connection for these updates. I have an iPhone 4S, iPad, and iPad mini to update and the total will be over 3 GB when all is said and done. Add this to updating 2 TV's and I'm pushing 3.5 GB.

entwined82 says:

the OTA update for my ipad 3 was only 70MB. Sounds like you're downloading it in itunes where it gets the full OS.

raysivley says:

don't you realize, Its just Apple's way of saying..Thanks for buying ALL our products, now buy more Icloud storage. How else will they keep their obscene bank accounts full?

redbeard says:

Google must be having a good laugh, this should be 6.02.1

heyandrej says:

Just updated my iPhone 5 to 6.1 and it works great so far.

JAL Payen says:

"iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud"

That was already possible with 6.0.1 (non-jailbroken).
Somebody is wrong.

rpol86 says:

Yes, but you had to listen to the song you wanted so it started to download. Now you can just tap the cloud and downloads without listening to the song. Or download the whole album or playlist at the bottom of the list.

Roman Pozler says:

definately iOS feels even faster now on iPhone 5 after update.. amazing

raysivley says:

I got mine while using Itunes this morning

sonar_chris says:

I'm still not getting Facebook notifications on my iPhone 5. I was hoping that between the iOS update and the Facebook update, that this would have all been fixed by now. On a brighter note though, it looks as though the bug with the Apple maps voice turn by turn almost muting the rest of the sounds has been fixed.

9thWonder says:

that is weird. neither do i. I never get them. i see a notification in side the facebook app after i've opened it.

GreenDize12 says:

I am having the same issues. However it's not much with Facebook and more with eBay. I get all kinds of eBay notifications on the iPad. On my iPhone 5 however, I never get a single notification. Facebook notifications seem to have a mind of their own, they'll come and go as they please.

Spaz888 says:

I'll be waiting a few months before I even consider updating...unless of course this update fixes the horrible lag with iPod Touch 4G.
Also. we should have more info on how jailbreaking is going to be, if and when it comes out for the iPhone.

rockerchick says:

They already said jailbreak release on Superbowl Sunday. Keep up!

cbaezle says:

It feels like it takes longer to connect to the App Store, and the FB app is crashing frequently.. Am I the only one having these problems? *Iphone 4s*

iVader says:

Still no sound when Facebook notifications arrive. Fail!

BBooDad says:

probably you just need to go into the Settings - Notifications - Facebook and change what you want it to do. I turn them all off except Messages, so that none bug me when I am sleeping. But you can have it make all the noise and banners you want.

Argelius1 says:

Is it just me, or is iOS starting to get a little bit stale? Apple needs to really shake things up with iOS7. Adding sports scores and movie tickets to Siri (which I would venture to guess a very, very small percentage of people will actually ever use) isn't really that innovative. It's time to give iOS, the core of which has changed very little since it was first introduced in 2007, a fresh new feel.

rockerchick says:

What do you want to see added to make it unstale?

escapedrift says:

Looks like passbook has a new main ui design.

BBooDad says:

'bout time. Passbook so far has been almost useless. Doesn't pop up by location, just by which name is lower in alphabet!

rockerchick says:

I'm glad to be able to download individual songs again. I wonder what genius decided to removed it from iOS 6 during beta? It's a no brainer. I don't know how much I care about buying movie tickets with Siri. I tried to for Friday, I guess it's too early. Hmph Think I'm ready to jailbreak because I want to respond to texts within apps. It's quite ridiculous to have to exit an app all together to respond to a text or notification. Actionable notifications now please!

Argelius1 says:

I'd like to see the ability to theme certain UI elements, widgets, the ability to quickly turn on/off Bluetooth, WiFi, etc) such as adding these toggles to the Search screen (or Notification center), and let us decide what our default browser, calendar, and email program is....

cctpitts01 says:

I don't understand how an update can be so big and add so little features. :(

ndogdrumz says:

New music player look on the lock screen.

Matthew Bienek says:

**** I hate these stupid updates because every time I turn around apples updates seem to always screw me over I cant access the app store I cant sign in to the game center either so all the games I have the require me to use the game center I cant play so thanks a ******* lot apple you are as bad as nintendo

NorCal Brian says:

Did the OTA update this morning and my iphone 5 decided it would not be a "phone" today... Took two shut downs and twice upgrade with ##873283# to Sprint to get it running. Also had to have tech support update my settings. Didn't help that Sprint shut down the largest tower in downtown San Jose for the past 24 hours for an LTE upgrade.
I hope others had a better day with the upgrade....

sjf707 says:

SIRI !!! Did you order movie tickets again?

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JHopdevil says:

Yes but will this work for devices running A5's?

eoford says:

For me it fix my email. Whenever I was not on wifi it would say unable to connect to internet. I figured a work around but I'm happy its finally fixed

Dionte says:

Finally, in the car it accesses your entire music library, even if it isn't downloaded into your phone, as long as you have iTunes Match.

msilk90 says:

Updated OTA on iPhone 5, things I've noticed:
-Carrier name is gone? No longer "Verizon LTE", just "LTE"
(Carrier version says "Verizon 14.1", is this accurate) Contacted Verizon, they had no idea what was wrong. But I am on the network. So strange, anyone else? I have reset network settings, removed SIM, all that jazz. No change.

Joe Pine says:

Im liking 6.1 alot more. ive noticed that it allows alot more functionality in my car. for instance now it will list all 3000 songs that i have in itunes match instead of just the 1000 that are on my iphone, it will stream songs through the ipod port on my elantra. also my music app is no longer blocked out when connected to a car source. very nice!

Rupert Royal says:

I need to varify my outlook email account ,a varification was sent to my inbox which I did not receive in my inbox I need some help

Rupert Royal says:

I need with email varification

Rupert Royal says:

Why as my previous comments have not got no resoonse

Rupert Royal says:

I have got no replys to my comments