Apple Launches iOS6.1 4G LTE Operating System Update For iPhone And iPad

Apple launched iOS6.1 on Tuesday, an operating system update that provides 4G LTE support for UK users on the EE network.

The update will allow users to stream videos and download material at superfast speeds as well as make Facetime calls over the EE network.

Other carriers such as O2 are expected to roll out 4G across 98% of the country by 2015.

The minor update brings security updates and 4G support

Philip Schiller, head of Apple's worldwide marketing said "iOS 6 is the world's most advanced mobile operating system, and with nearly 300 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices on iOS 6 in just five months, it may be the most popular new version of an OS in history.

"iOS 6.1 brings LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari browsing, Facetime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads."

The new update also allows users to buy movie tickets using Apple's in-built voice recognition software, Siri, though this service is only currently available in America.

A number of security updates to protect from malware are included.

Within hours of the announcement, forums were awash with talk of jailbreaking the new update with one website promising the necessary crack would be available "by Super Bowl Sunday".

Jailbreaking allows running software not approved by Apple and although legal can void the warranty.