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Apple’s first iOS 6.1.1 beta now available for download

Published Feb 6th, 2013 4:05PM EST
iOS 6.1.1 Beta

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Apple (AAPL) isn’t sitting still with after releasing iOS 6.1 just days ago. The company on Wednesday seeded its first beta of iOS 6.1.1 to developers and promised some significant improvements for iOS Maps in Japan. Per 9to5Mac, the new beta will includes turn-by-turn navigation improvements such as improved pronunciation of roads, a preference for highways over smaller roads, and notifications whenever you’re about to go onto a toll road. Other improvements include “added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections” and “added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights.” So if you’re a Japanese iPhone 5 user who’s been frustrated by your experience with iOS Maps so far, this beta has seemingly been built with you in mind.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.