Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5 Only, and starts countdown to 50 Billion app downloads

Apple has, unexpectedly, released a new version of iOS this morning. The update brings the firmware to 6.1.4, and doesn’t appear to include any new features or changes other than an ‘updated audio profile.’

The new software is currently only available via OTA (over the air update), but it should be posted online shortly. As usual, jailbreakers will want to stay away from the update, as it will not work with evasi0n…

Apparently, the update is specifically for iPhone 5 users. But with just the single, seemingly minor, public-facing change, we don’t see any reason why you would want to install it on your handset.

Of course, Apple could have made some behind-the-scene changes as well.

This is the first update since Apple killed the evasi0n jailbreak in iOS 6.1.3, and presumably the last one until we see iOS 7. Apple will be previewing the next version of its mobile OS at its WWDC event next month.

Apple starts countdown to 50B app downloads

Apple on Thursday started a countdown to fifty billion app downloads. The promotions are available via a dedicated iTunes page. Like the previous countdowns, Apple will award the lucky person who downloads the fifty billionth app with a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. iTunes Gift Cards can be used against any content purchase, including mobile and desktop applications, music, television shows, movies, etc.

In an interesting tweak to this year’s countdown, the company will also give away a $500 App Store gift card to each of the next 50 people who download an app…

Per the official rules, both paid and free downloads count so no purchase is necessary. You must also be at least thirteen years or older (or the minimum age required by your country) to participate in the promotion.

Both the links to the official rules and the entry form were not live at post time, but should go live soon.

Apple in the April 23 conference call announcing first-quarter earnings revealed that cumulative unique app downloads passed the 45 billion mark, with the company paying out over $9 billion to developers thus far.

In case you’ve been wondering, Apple only counts unique downloads and excludes app updates and re-downloads to multiple devices.

You’ll recall that Apple hit 40 billion app downloads in January 2013. Throughout 2012 alone, the company added 20 billion app downloads. The App Store hit 25 billion downloads in March of last year.


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