Apple gives developers iOS 6.1.1 to test out

About a week after releasing iOS 6.1, the company's got a slightly newer version for developers to test ahead of a public release.

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A little more than a week after releasing iOS 6.1, Apple's got a new update in the hopper.

The company today released iOS 6.1.1 to developers to test their apps and sniff out bugs.

Per a private change log posted by 9to5Mac, the crux of the update includes changes to Apple's own mapping software for Japanese users. That includes "improved pronunciation," color tweaks, updated iconography, and directions that "strongly prefer highways over narrower roads."

Those changes strongly suggest that Apple's got some work to do with its maps in the region when it comes to people using it in their cars for navigation -- one of the big, new features in Apple's homegrown mapping application.

The minor update appears to be devoid of any other features, though could eventually contain security updates that block out the recently released Evasi0n jailbreak. An updated support page from Apple strongly urges against using the software, which so far has been downloaded by nearly 2 million users.

Apple's release of iOS 6.1 last week brought 4G LTE support for more carriers on Apple's newest devices, along with a feature that lets users purchase movie tickets from Fandango after finding showtimes using Siri. Apple also returned the option for iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. Other changes included new boarding pass behavior in Apple's Passbook software, tweaks to Safari, reworked music playback controls from the lock screen, and a back-end change in Apple's mapping software.

Apple is likely to have one more minor update to iOS 6 after 6.1.1, however the company typically saves any big, new features for major iOS releases. The next one, iOS 7, is expected to debut at Apple's annual developer conference, which usually occurs in early June.