In an unexpected weekend release for an iOS beta, Apple (AAPL) on Saturday pushed out a new beta of iOS 6.1 to developers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The release comes just hours before the 4th beta version of iOS 6.1, which was seeded in mid-December, was set to expire.
As always, this beta release is intended for registered developers so they can download, assess, and note of any significant bugs or issues before the finalized version goes into general availability.
Currently, there’s no word of a public release for iOS 6.1, but devs can access the ipsw from Apple’s iOS developer center.
The 5th beta of the future iOS 6 update, which comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering many were expecting Apple to issue the GM edition of iOS 6.1, includes a number of enhancements, such as an implementation method for Apple’s iOS 6+ mapping services, a redesigned iPod controls to the lock screen, the ability to purchase movie tickets through Fandango when searching for showtimes with Siri, as well as several iCloud security improvements.