Apple releases iOS 6.1 beta 1 to developers, full changelog inside
Shortly after the release of iOS 6.0.1 to the public comes the first beta of iOS 6.1. The beta is available for all devices that are currently compatible with iOS 6.0/6.0.1. If you’re interested in the build number, it’s 10B5095f. You’ll find the changelog and the “What’s New in iOS 6.1″ information below.
iOS SDK Release Notes for iOS 6.1 beta 1
iOS SDK 6.1 provides support for developing iOS apps, and it includes the complete set of Xcode tools, compilers, and frameworks for creating apps for iOS and OS X. These tools include the Xcode IDE and the Instruments analysis tool, among many others.
With this software you can develop apps for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.1. You can also test your apps using the included iOS Simulator, which supports iOS 6.1. iOS SDK 6.1 requires a Mac computer running OS X 10.7.4 (Lion) or higher.
This version of iOS is intended for installation only on devices registered with Apple’s Developer Program. Attempting to install this version of iOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state.
For more information and additional support resources, visit http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/.
Notes and Known Issues
The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 6.1 beta 1 to develop code.
In iOS 6.1 beta 1, you will not be able to upgrade or downgrade your iCloud storage (5 GB is free). As a workaround, please use either the latest OS X or a device running iOS 6.0.
As of iOS 6.1, the relevance behavior has changed for boarding passes that include both a relevant date and a relevant location. The date must match for these passes to be relevant. If both the date and location match, they are relevant for a longer window of time. You are encouraged to provide both pieces of information when they make sense for your passes.
FIXED: Images in passes that use RGB need to include an alpha channel.
In iOS 6.1, a new Reset Advertising Identifier button has been added to Advertising Settings. This button resets the Advertising Identifier so that future requests will return a different value.
This release does not support testing In-App Purchase in iOS Simulator. For apps that use this feature, please test on a device.
- Weibo shows up in the Settings app only if a Chinese keyboard is enabled.
- When using the iOS 6.1 SDK on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), if you use the iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.1 “Legacy SDK” in iOS Simulator, you will not be able to sign in to Twitter via the Settings pane and
Twitter.framework will not work correctly. If you need to test Twitter features, you will need to choose either the iOS 6.1 or iOS 6.0 Simulator run destination or test with iOS 5.x on a device. These problems do not occur when running Simulator on OS X 10.7 (Lion).
WebKit and Safari
- WebKit no longer always creates hardware-accelerated layers for elements with the
-webkit-transform: preserve-3d option. Authors should stop using this option as a way to get hardware acceleration.
- WebKit on iOS now supports the
Here’s the “What’s New in iOS 6.1″ document:
This article summarizes the key developer-related features introduced in iOS 6.1. This version of the operating system runs on current iOS-based devices. In addition to describing the key new features, this article lists the documents that describe those features in more detail.
For late-breaking news and information about known issues, see iOS 6.1 Release Notes. For the complete list of new APIs added in iOS 6.1, see iOS 6.1 API Diffs.
Map Kit Searches
The Map Kit framework now lets you programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest. The
MKLocalSearch class initiates a search for map-based content using a natural language string. In other words, 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.
For more information about the classes of the Map Kit framework, including the new search-related classes, see Map Kit Framework Reference.
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