Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 6.1.1, Improves Maps in Japan

Apple is apparently not taking a break from iOS development and has just seeded the first beta of iOS 6.1.1, a little over a week after the release of iOS 6.1. The only known changes in the new prerelease build of Apple’s mobile operating system are improvements to Maps for Japan.

iOS 6.1.1 Beta 1

From the release notes:

iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 includes the following improvements to Maps for Japan:

  • Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
  • Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
  • Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
  • Updated freeway color to green
  • Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices
  • Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

The first beta of iOS 6.1.1 also comes just two days after the jailbreak for iOS 6.1, codenamed “evasi0n,” was released to the public. It is not yet known if iOS 6.1.1 patches any openings that are required by the jailbreak for installation.

Developers interested in the beta, build 10B311, can download it now from Apple’s developer site.