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Apple says its latest update should fix many bugs. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Apple has released its first update to iOS 6, the latest version of the operating system used by iPads and iPhones.

The iOS 6.0.1 software update contains numerous improvements and bug fixes to iOS 6, which was released in September.

But there are no improvements in the update for the much-berated Apple Maps, Apple's in-house mapping solution which shipped with iOS 6.

The main features of the update include:

  •  Eliminating a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly;
  •  Eliminating a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
  •  Ensuring the camera flash works properly
  •  Improving the reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch [fifth generation] when connected to encrypted particular Wi-Fi networks
  •  Consolidating the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
  •  Fixing a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
  •  Fixing an Exchange bug that could delete a meeting for all invited attendees if one user declined an invitation.

iOS 6.0.1 is free and can be installed via iTunes or updated wirelessly.