Today has seen Apple push the iOS 6.1 SDK beta 2 download to developers just 12 days after the first beta landed, and we’ve managed to have a look over the full iOS 6.1 beta 2 release notes and not seen a lot of changes when compared to the list we published at the start of this month, so feel free to take a look at that list in our previous article. There are a few changes that we’d like to mention, which for some people will be pretty vital, especially when it comes to iTunes Match.
Changes in iOS 6.1 beta 2 — we’re sure there will be a number of things appear in the next 24 hours, but so far we can confirm that improvements have been made to Panorama with support returning, there’s a new Passbook card added to give more details on this feature, and to much rejoice developers will find iTunes Match is fixed with the ability to download individual songs in iOS 6.1 beta 2. We’ve also heard about some other minor fixes, which might just be random like the album cover position improved in the lock screen.
The iOS 6.1 beta 2 download is a pre-release version and offered for a number of devices that developers work on, and these include different generations of iPod touch, iPad, and of course iPhone. Apple also posted the iOS 6.1 SDK beta 2 software for the Apple TV as well, although sadly there’s still no sign of native apps coming to the little box anytime soon. We’re not aware of any changes to Apple TV in this latest update.
As always Apple is recommending that developers start testing their apps with Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 2 and iOS 6.1 beta 2, which both available for download right now via the iOS Dev Center. This helps to find compatibility issues early with apps, although it is worth pointing out that a lot of apps still haven’t updated to better support the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G screen ratio yet.
What improvements do you want to see with the iOS 6.1 update when it finally releases to the public? You can bet that a number of iPhone 4S owners will put better battery life at the top of their wish list. If you are using the new taller screen, feel free to let us know if it bothers you that some apps are not taking advantage of the full width when in landscape view?