iOS 6.1

This article summarizes the key developer-related features introduced in iOS 6.1. This version of the operating system runs on current iOS-based devices. In addition to describing the key new features, this article lists the documents that describe those features in more detail.

For late-breaking news and information about known issues, see iOS 6.1 Release Notes. For the complete list of new APIs added in iOS 6.1, see iOS 6.1 API Diffs.

Map Kit Searches

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 place name 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.

For more information about the classes of the Map Kit framework, including the new search-related classes, see MapKit Framework Reference.