Apple has been very quiet recently about the release of its newest version of iOS 6, version 6.1. As such, iPhone and iPad users have been on the edge of their seats for weeks, wondering when Apple will finally roll out iOS 6.1, a build that should resolve a lot of, it not all of the pressing issues on the original iOS 6.
The release date was originally rumored to take place this month, but with the month more than halfway through, there may be a better chance of a February rollout.
But that’s not what a reputable iOS “developer” believes. Stefan Esser, the man better known in the iOS underground as i0n1c, pointed out that iOS 6.1 Beta 4, the most recent beta version, will expire 6 days from now.
Anyone who doesn’t install a new Beta or the actual iOS 6.1 build by January 28 would have their devices locked out. Esser believes that Apple would want to avoid that possibility, hence the possibility of a late January 2013 launch for iOS 6.1.
On the other hand, it could be a fifth beta version of iOS 6.1. In any case, Apple’s sure to release something on or before the 28th of this month, and we can only hope it’s the official build by that time. The most recent version of iOS rolled out for the public was version 6.0.2 last month; this build rolled out just one day after developers received iOS 6.1 Beta 4.