Shortly after the public release of iOS 6.0.1 this morning, Apple has provided developers with access to an early build of its forthcoming iOS 6.1 software update, featuring improvements to the Maps framework, minor changes to Passbook boarding passes, and Mobile Safari tweaks. Also released this afternoon is a developer preview version of the upcoming XCode 4.6.
Apple has detailed the changes to iOS 6.1 Map Kit:
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.
The update is compatible with all devices that currently run iOS 6, and while the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini are not mentioned in the list of software available for download, I wouldn’t be surprised if those versions are coming soon — probably after those devices have officially launched. As is the case with any software releases from Apple, feel free to leave a comment if you find something interesting.