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Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S Only

By - Source: ZDNet | B 14 comments

Apple has released a patch that addresses 3G connectivity issues surrounding the iPhone 4S.

Earlier this month Apple updated iOS to v6.1, adding support for LTE networks in more countries, Siri-based ticket buying via Fandango, new music controls on lock screen, bug fixes and more. But for owners of the iPhone 4S, it also brought performance issues for 3G-based models. Apple iPhone 4S owners reported issues in making calls, sending texts and accessing the Internet.

The iOS 6.1 problems associated with the 4S model were so problematic that UK and European cellular networks including Three Austria and Vodafone warned customers to avoid the update despite the cool features. They even sent text messages directly to customers to prevent them from upgrading to the latest iOS.

"We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4s handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G," Vodafone said on its website. "While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4s should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that their problem has been fixed."

ZDNet reports that iOS 6.1 also caused over-logging on Exchange Server connected accounts which in many cases caused a corporate 'ban' on iOS 6.1-powered devices in some enterprises. The update also seemingly amplified persistent Wi-Fi connectivity problems which initially appeared for some customers who upgraded to the previous iOS 6.0, preventing the device from connecting. Also on the list of problems have been shortened battery life and overheating issues.

Apple dished out the 6.1.1 patch to developers last week and is now making it an OTA update for iPhone 4S owners not. The company says the update "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S" but didn't reveal the nature of the problem. The patch also doesn't seem to address any of the other reported problems like battery use and overheating.

 

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    Anonymous , February 12, 2013 12:28 AM
    fragmentation!
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    The Stealthinator , February 12, 2013 12:53 AM
    Why would Apple not release this update for the iPhone 5??
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    Netherscourge , February 12, 2013 12:55 AM
    Is the 3G issue with just some UK carriers? Or ALL 3G carriers?
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    juggar , February 12, 2013 1:02 AM
    The StealthinatorWhy would Apple not release this update for the iPhone 5??


    Maybe because the iPhone 5 didn't have this issue with 3G connectivity?? I expect a reader of this website to knows these things...
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    The Stealthinator , February 12, 2013 1:07 AM
    NetherscourgeIs the 3G issue with just some UK carriers? Or ALL 3G carriers?

    It seems to be an issue with quite a few European ones...
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    The Stealthinator , February 12, 2013 1:13 AM
    Quote:
    Maybe because the iPhone 5 didn't have this issue with 3G connectivity?? I expect a reader of this website to knows these things...

    Thanks
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    ta152h , February 12, 2013 1:16 AM
    ankit0x1wish I had bought 4s if I were not broke , apple really updates their devices regularly that adds lots of features /s


    Apparently, some good, some bad.
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    ta152h , February 12, 2013 1:20 AM
    WTH does this mean "Apple dished out the 6.1.1 patch to developers last week and is now making it an OTA update for iPhone 4S owners not"

    Does anyone do editing there? Or even use software that would detect sub-literacy? About the only site that makes this many mistakes is done by Russians, who at least have an excuse for their awkward use of English (but not their other, more technical mistakes).
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    Kami3k , February 12, 2013 1:49 AM
    juggarMaybe because the iPhone 5 didn't have this issue with 3G connectivity?? I expect a reader of this website to knows these things...


    Lol, I have more important things, like how to use my fully working S3 to it's fullest potential.
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    stickmansam , February 12, 2013 2:17 AM
    now*
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    becherovka , February 12, 2013 6:50 AM
    ankit0x1wish I had bought 4s if I were not broke , apple really updates their devices regularly that adds lots of features /s

    So true that just caught up with gingerbread. That quite good really considering.
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    becherovka , February 12, 2013 6:50 AM
    >< grammer >
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    unksol , February 12, 2013 8:14 AM
    I'm actually sort of impressed. Apple pushing broken updates/products is hardly news, but for once they fixed it instead of blaming their users.

    As with all Tom's news articles the reporting(err... copying/plagiarism) and proofreading is sub-par, but it gives a unique sense of irony here, releasing something broken. Ignoring your users cries to fix the problem. Blaming them. It actually works here in an article about apple. if you could convince yourself Toms's could be so clever
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    tobalaz , February 12, 2013 1:56 PM
    unksolI'm actually sort of impressed. Apple pushing broken updates/products is hardly news, but for once they fixed it instead of blaming their users. As with all Tom's news articles the reporting(err... copying/plagiarism) and proofreading is sub-par, but it gives a unique sense of irony here, releasing something broken. Ignoring your users cries to fix the problem. Blaming them. It actually works here in an article about apple. if you could convince yourself Toms's could be so clever


    With ya there.
    I'm impressed Apple finally fixed something instead of blaming someone else.
    If they REALLY wanted to impress me, they would give every 4s user a $100 gift card as an apology for the inconvenience they caused or at least give their underage factory employees, former factory employees receiving cancer treatment from chemicals used in making of the phones, or remaining family members of employees killed by cancer or suicide from the insane work hours at substandard wages. *cough*foxconn*cough*