What’s New in iOS 6.1 Beta 2: Passbook, Panorama, iTunes Match, and Advertiser Identifier

Today iOS 6.1 Beta 2 was seeded to developers and there is surprising little new to talk about. Which makes me think iOS 6.1 is going to focus on stability and performance instead of new features.

Here’s what we know:

New in beta 2:

  • Panorama is back in iOS (yikes! I’ve just started getting good with shooting them, hate for it to go south already!)
  • iTunes Match allows you to download individual songs again (let’s hope we can delete them individually too soon!)
  • Passbook now has a better welcome screen to explain what it does
  • New button to reset your Advertising Identifier (iDownloadBlog notes that the button was in Beta 1 as well, maybe it didn’t function)

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Reset ad id

And as a reminder…

What was new in Beta 1

That’s it right now seven new things that developers have tested—and shared. We (the folks here, I’m not using the royal we) think it’s pretty odd not to have more new things to talk about. My bet, the new stuff will come in the later betas, just before RC. Maybe Apple still has some tricks up its sleeve and wants to show off a little.

From: 9to5Mac and iDownloadBlog

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Categories: iOS, iOS 6.1, iTunes

  • stan

    I don’t quite get of Panorama is back on iOS. Is it available on other devices such as the iPhone 4 as well?

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      I think it wasn’t in Beta 1

    • sbailey4

      It was there just broken. As a side note. I would like to see more stability and all the current iOS issues resolved for the folks who have them (ie wifi stability has gone bad since iOS 6). So improved battery and stability of wifi and other remaining issues ranks higher on the list for me over more new features. The current ones need to work 100% before adding more. I mean iOS 5 added 200 new features and iOS 6 added 200 more. (so they say) Thats a lot to play with for a while:) Now make all 400 work flawlessly like iOS used to.

  • kmichalec

    I’d be very disappointed if that is all that’s included in 6.1. I have a number of Apple products, and do like them very much, but I can’t help noticing how far behind iOS is getting compared to Android, who just released Lockscreen Widgets and separate user accounts for the same device. Why is Apple wasting time on making a new intro screen to the mediocre Passbook feature instead of concentrating on other features that people want (such as better lock screen notifications).

    Please, Apple, I’m begging you. Start listening to what your customers want, instead of doing what you want to do, and ignoring us. I like your products (otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought 10 different ones over the past 5 years), but I’m starting to find myself checking out other devices more frequently, and commenting to myself how I with my iPhone/iPad had X feature that Android has.

    • kmichale


      …how I WISH my iPhone/iPad had…

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      We here completely agree. Something new and neat needs to come out with 6.1.

  • Nandor690

    Passbook, mediocre?