Apple have released the latest version of their mobile operating system for iPad and iPhone – iOS 6.1 – and there are a few interesting security features in there that should mark it out as an essential download for your classroom iPad deployments.
Firstly, if you are using cellular-equipped iPad devices, or have staff using iPhones, there’s now added LTE network support for more carriers across the globe. iTunes Match users get the ability to download individual songs from iCloud, and there’s an extra privacy setting – the identifier used by online advertisers to identify users can be reset. Siri has also been taught how to book movie tickets for you, but this feature is only currently available in the US. If you have an Apple TV in the classroom, you’ll also be happy to know the update lets it now support Bluetooth keyboards, which should make searching for media far quicker.
Improved iOS security
Deeper inside the system there are a load of welcome security updates in iOS 6.1 too, which are detailed here, but basically include improved Identity Services, International Components for Unicode, Kernel, StoreKit, WebKit and WiFi security updates.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, explained: “iOS 6 is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history. iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads.”
– You can download iOS 6.1 by heading to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad or iPhone.
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