Here’s What’s New in iOS 6.1 Beta 3

iOS 6.1

Apple seeded developers of its iOS Developer Program with iOS 6.1 beta 3 yesterday.

Before you get excited, we must warn you that there hasn’t been any major changes or improvements that have been identified in the latest beta version. According to Funguin of Imagine a World who has done a stellar job in compiling the changes, beta 3 seems like a bug fix release. But he notes that it feels more stable and snappy.

So here’s what’s new in iOS 6.1 beta 3:

Reset Advertising Identifier:

Apple had added the Reset Advertising Identifier button in the second beta version of iOS 6.1. This button resets the Advertising Identifier so that future requests will return a different value.

Apple seems to have fixed the button in iOS 6.1 beta 3, tapping on the button prompts you to either reset or cancel the request and is now working. In iOS 6.1 beta 2, it didn’t do anything.

Voice Dial Only:

Apple has added a new section called “Voice Dial Only” for Voice Control feature for older iOS devices such as iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. Here, users will be able to select the language for the Voice Dial feature. It’s quite strange that Apple decided to update the Voice Control feature, especially since Siri has been around for more than a year now.

Passbook Sample Card:

In iOS 6.1 beta 2, Apple updated the Passbook app with a new welcome screen. Apple seems to have tweaked the text in beta 3 to reflect user’s location. It now reads “movie tickets” if you’re in the US and “cinema tickets” if you’re in the UK and so on.

Updated Passbook app welcome screen on the right

iCloud Settings:

You’re now asked to confirm your Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages when starting your device for the first time after installation. Funguin of ImageWorld reports:

It asks you to confirm how people can reach you and tells you that you can change these settings at any time.

Toggle for iTunes:

The toggle for iTunes under Use Mobile Data (Settings -> General -> Cellular) is back in this beta. It had gone missing in the previous beta versions of iOS 6.1.


The following features were discovered in the previous beta versions of iOS 6.1:

Release Date:

So one of the most frequently asked question is: When will Apple release iOS 6.1 to the public. The expiry for iOS 6.1 beta 3 is December 28th (thanks iH8sn0w!), the same as iOS 6.1 beta 2. Frankly, it is anybody’s guess, but we expect Apple to release it after the holidays, possible in the first or second week of January.

As you can see, disappointingly there is still no clues of any major feature coming in iOS 6.1. So are you really looking forward to iOS 6.1? Tell us in the comments below.


Post updated with features discovered in previous beta versions of iOS 6.1.

Via: Imagine a World

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Categories: iOS, iOS 6.1, iPad News, iPhone News

  • Andy

    What about Siri new features, I heard that you can book tickets to the theaters on iOS 6.1 public version, what about beta 3 version, can we do it?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Thanks for the comment! Since this was about what’s new in iOS 6.1 beta 3, we didn’t include it, but we’ve updated the post with them for folks who may have missed it.

    • Madhu Renduchintala

      I think you are able to but since none of the theaters around me are capable of it, I can’t tell you for sure.

  • Alfredo

    Well I think there is more to come because these small improvements do not justify the big jump from 6.0 to 6.1 or I’m wrong? Or it might be that the “bigger” new features are only tested by Apple

    • iPhoneHacks

      Let’s hope so.

  • Madhu Renduchintala

    I’m on 6.1b3 and I haven’t really seen any marked improvement from 6.0.1. Depending on future jailbreak possibilities, I may revert back to 6.0.1.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Hey Madhu, thanks for the feedback, let us know if you find anything interesting that we may have missed out.

  • Eric Herrera

    I’m using 6.1b3 and it does seem snappier than previous versions, and compared to 6.0.1 the whole system is relative more bug free and snappier while 6.1 might not bring something huge to the game it is needed and unless you jailbreak definitely worth the upgrade.

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s good to know.

  • filthyjason

    too bad they didn’t include google map

    • iPhoneHacks

      There is no change that Apple will revert back to Google Maps, but Google should be releasing it shortly in the App Store.

    • Ed

      also too bad they didn’t include cydia

  • Ragnar Danneskjöld

    I want my Wifi+Cellular

  • Marin

    I miss back in the iOS 2 and 3 days. back when apple would release updates that actually did something…

    • iPhoneHacks

      You bet, it was certainly a lot more fun to write about new hidden features in the beta versions.

  • Sudaxo

    I hope my internet threatering start to work after this update. Else i dont know why it doesnt work propperly

  • barondebxl

    I just got an iphone 5 today that i will sell in the future to get galaxy s 4 or something. While i think the UI is very old and boring, the phone looks fantastic and is FAST AS HELL!

  • Justin

    Here is what I found in iOS 6.1, a new hidden feature in apple email app.