iOS 6.1 Fixes Security Flaws, but Lacks Essential App Upgrades
NEWS ANALYSIS: The new release of Apple’s iOS provides some fixes and adds to 4G LTE capabilities. But it lacks badly needed improvements, such as a significant update to Maps.Normally, when an operating system receives what is called a “dot” upgrade, it’s usually considered a fairly major product refresh, in contrast to a “dot dot” upgrade, which is usually reserved for minor fixes. So the release of Apple’s iOS 6.1 could reliably be expected to be a major upgrade compared with say, iOS 6.0.1. This means there were likely a lot of Apple mobile device users who expected some big changes when Apple shipped iOS 6.1 on Jan. 28. But they were fated to be disappointed. The upgrade to iOS 6.1 includes some improvements that some might consider important, but nothing that will make an obvious difference in the operating system's perceived performance or value. But perhaps that’s just the way Apple wants to do things. Probably the most significant changes with Apple’s iOS 6.1 are a fairly long list of security fixes, mostly to Safari. There’s no question that these security upgrades are worth getting, but do they constitute an upgrade? With any other OS, this would be an automatic security fix and wouldn’t even be given a minor upgrade number. With Windows, this would be an average Patch Tuesday update.
In addition, Apple updated the number of carriers supported by 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) with some versions of the iPad and iPhone. New iPads especially got a vast selection of new carriers for data plans. The iPhone 5 likewise got a lot more LTE support for travelers. However it’s important to note that LTE iPads, whether they’re the third or fourth generation models, are unlocked, so travelers can put any SIM they wish into the device. But with third generation iPads, they might have to live with 3G rather than 4G.