For those users waiting for the next significant update to the iOS operating system for mobile Apple devices, the welcome news is that today Apple seeded the next beta version of iOS 6.1 to registered members of the Developer Program. The new beta is the fourth version of iOS 6.1 that has been seeded to Developers for testing and moves the update to iOS 6 closer to release.
For comparison, in the previous version of iOS, iOS 5.1 went through three beta versions before being released to users in the form of a Gold Master build. The latest beta for iOS 6.1 is accompanied by a third beta of the software for the Apple TV as well as the fourth Developer Preview of Xcode, the iOS App Development platform.
There’s no public timeline for the release of iOS 6.1 to users, but one would hope that Apple would manage to get it out by Christmas.