Apple Releases iOS 6.1 Beta (Build 10B5095f) To Developers: Improves In-App Maps Searches

RedSn0w’s support for capturing SHSH blobs from the the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 may have come just in time. Not only has Apple released iOS 6.0.1 to users, but the company has also seeded iOS 6.1 betas for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch to developers, along with an update to the Xcode development platform.

Details are scarce about the benefits of the iOS 6.1 update. All we know so far is that, according to Apple, the Map Kit framework contains improvements for developers when searching maps:

“You can enter placename information or portions of an address and have Map Kit return search results that match the information you provide. For example, searching for the string “coffee” would return the location of local coffee bars along with information about each one.”

It’s a neat trick to be sure, but will it be worth the update? New versions of iOS tend to break jailbreak compatibility, and we still don’t know how far along a public version of the iOS 6.0 untethered jailbreak is. Most likely it will be available for the newest version of iOS at the time of release, but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious.

What do you think Apple should have included in an update to iOS 6? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Guest

    Google maps..

    A jailbreak mode…

  • David Margolin

    it doesn’t seem like apple really cares about jailbreakers anymore…. they made a stupid move in releasing a lightning to sd reader which brings a whole new level of vulnerabilities to their devices… the only downside is that people may have to spend an extra 10 bucks for the wire…

  • Michael Schnier

    The same kit was available for the 30-pin connector on the original iPad…

  • David Margolin

    really??? never saw it hanging in the app store and also the first ipad was really easy for the devs to jailbreak…

  • Michael Schnier

    It’s also compatible with the iPad 2 and 3, which took a while to jailbreak. Look up the Camera Connection Kit. With a few tweaks you can use it to plug USB speakers into your iPhone.

  • David Margolin

    i surrender…

  • Michael Schnier

    You’re not under attack, David. I just wanted to share the Camera Connection Kit with you. It’s a neat piece of kit.