Apple has finally issued the final version of iOS 6.1, which is now available via Software Update. The update contains several important bug fixes and software improvements. Most notably, the company has enabled U.S. users to buy movie tickets through Fandango using Siri, while iTunes Match users now have the ability to download individual tracks from iCloud. Besides, iOS 6.1 adds LTE support for more mobile providers, including 36 new iPhone carriers and 23 new iPad carriers, and features a new button for resetting the Advertising identifier.
Bloomberg has reportedly learned from its insider sources that Apple’s Japan headquarters will soon be moved to a new place, namely the Mori Tower in the high-end Tokyo-based Roppongi Hills complex, with the future office said to take over two floors of the building. Currently, Apple is leasing Tokyo Opera City Tower as its base of operations. Planning to move out this April, the iPhone maker is allegedly planning to terminate its ongoing deal by the end of June.
Several leading investment banks have reduced their Apple share targets in the light of the company’s results for the December quarter. While Piper Jaffray has shifted from $875 to $767, RBC Capital Markets has cut its estimate from $725 to $600. Canaccord Genuity is now aiming for $650, and Wells Fargo is projecting Apple stock to fit in the range of $600 to $630. The most pessimistic forecast comes from Deutsche Bank, which has adjusted its target to $575. Meanwhile, Topeka Capital Markets is offering a pretty upbeat estimate, having dropped its predictions from $1,111 to $888.
According to a fresh Strategy Analytics study, the international smartphone market grew a stunning 43% last year, largely thanks to Samsung and Apple. In total, smartphone vendors shipped a record 700 million units during the past twelve months, up from 490.5 million in 2011. The Asian tech giant grabbed 30.4% of the segment on sales of 213 million handsets, a notable increase from 19.9% in the previous year.
Next week, Apple is planning to add 36 LTE carriers to the existing 24 mobile providers that offer high-speed 4G data transfers to iPhone 5 users in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Germany, Japan, Korea and some other markets. The new companies are reportedly based in countries that currently provide no LTE support, including Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Philippines and a couple of middle eastern countries.