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Apple’s next update to its iOS 6, which we all should know by now was used to debut a new Maps application which made us all appreciate Google Maps that much more, is getting closer as iOS 6.1 beta 4 was released to developers earlier today.

iOS 6.1 beta 4 contains the typical vague “bug fixes and improvements,” but when iOS 6.1 is released in the coming weeks, users can expect improvements to Apple’s Passbook that changes boarding pass behaviors, music playback controls from the lock screen, Siri and back-end changes to Apple’s Maps application. We’re hoping the last improvement makes Maps somewhat usable, although seeing how fast all iOS users probably ditched Apple’s Maps for Google Maps, we’re guessing whatever improvement Apple implements may be too little too late.

If you’re an iOS developer, you can update your iOS 6.1 beta to beta 4 through an OTA update which can be initiated in the “Settings” area of iOS. And iOS developers are more than welcome to sound off in our comments section below to let us and other iOS users know what improvements they’ve noticed since the last beta.

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