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iOS 6.1.1 Doesn't Fix iPhone 4S Battery Issue, Adds Problems

By - Source: Wired | B 49 comments

Many issues plaguing the iPhone 4S still aren't fixed with iOS 6.1.1.

Sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back for not updating the OS. That might be a loaded statement given updates are supposed to fix bugs and make a platform more secure, but we've seen our share of update blunders that can kill performance, break features and even brick gadgets altogether.

Apple's latest iOS release, v6.1.1, supposedly addressed the iPhone 4S model and 3G connection issues brought on by the previous release. According to the company, the patch "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S." Apple didn't specify the exact nature of the "issue".

However this week iPhone 4S owners have flooded various forum threads with complaints about persistent battery drain issues. Previously this latest patch was believed to include a fix for the drain, but iPhone 4S owners claim their devices are not only seeing high-battery loss, but overheating.

"iOS 6 was seamless for my phone and I experienced no issues," one forum member wrote. "When I converted to 6.1, the battery retained about 30 percent of its usual lifespan– and overheats. 6.1.1 hasn’t improved the situation."

The latest iOS update also didn't fix a security bug brought on by v6.1 that allows anyone to bypass the lockscreen. The hacker doesn't reach the Home screen, but does have access to contacts and photos stored on the device. Steps to achieve access include accessing the emergency call section, putting the device on stand-by mode and more.

The update also didn't fix a problem surrounding iPhone 4S users connecting and syncing with Microsoft Exchange servers. Microsoft told network administrators to merely block those devices from have access. Apple said it identified the problem and would release a fix.

On Friday German website iPhone-Ticker said that Apple is gearing up to release iOS v6.1.2 that will address all the problems listed in this report. The update is expected to land early next week, but the report claims that it may not appear until Thursday or later based on information provided by carriers.

 

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    rohitbaran , February 15, 2013 9:12 PM
    That's Apple's way of telling that icrap 4s is obsolete, buy latest icrap 5.
  • 32 Hide
    ikyung , February 15, 2013 9:09 PM
    and... their consumer satisfaction polls are constantly dropping day by day.
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    glasssplinter , February 15, 2013 9:29 PM
    Wait...I thought crapple didn't have any problems...
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  • 32 Hide
    ikyung , February 15, 2013 9:09 PM
    and... their consumer satisfaction polls are constantly dropping day by day.
  • 37 Hide
    rohitbaran , February 15, 2013 9:12 PM
    That's Apple's way of telling that icrap 4s is obsolete, buy latest icrap 5.
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    boogalooelectric , February 15, 2013 9:12 PM
    My wife was complaining about it just last night. After the update she reported that she has to charge it every day, before that it was every two or three days. tsk, tsk
  • 16 Hide
    wannabepro , February 15, 2013 9:19 PM
    What??
    Zak Islam not posting Apple news?

    Oh wait.. Apple pays him to post pro-crApple.
  • 20 Hide
    glasssplinter , February 15, 2013 9:29 PM
    Wait...I thought crapple didn't have any problems...
  • 18 Hide
    Soda-88 , February 15, 2013 9:56 PM
    I laughed.
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    zorky9 , February 15, 2013 10:16 PM
    pacomacWhat is this shit? IOS6.1.1 extended my battery performance big time... I guess someone is making up stories again?

    No Zak. It's being reported in a lot of forums.
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    jojesa , February 15, 2013 10:49 PM
    iOS 6.1.1 update high-battery loss and overheating were introduced by design. Those iPhone 4s users were supposed to upgrade to the iPhone 5.
    They better switch to iPhone 5 before the next updated, which either will blow up or disintegrate your iPhone 4s. :whistle: 
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , February 15, 2013 11:40 PM
    So glad I left the Iphone behind at the Iphone 4. Moved onto bigger and better, the Galaxy Note 2 !!!
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    Cons29 , February 16, 2013 12:55 AM
    no no, they were just holding it wrong. tilt it to the left a little and the battery life should improve :) 

    yeah, everyone one of those 4s owners should switch to 5, otherwise. reminds me of CREATIVE that crippled their own devices
  • 1 Hide
    rds1220 , February 16, 2013 1:32 AM
    Haha suck on that Isheep fanboys.
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    sundragon , February 16, 2013 3:06 AM
    rds1220Haha suck on that Isheep fanboys.


    How about Bluetooth and flickering screen that made my Nexus 7 with 4.2.1 useless... and it took Google 3 months to fix? Oh wait, Google can do no wrong? They write perfect code?

    Just realized I'm trying to convince prepubescent morons...

    Sent from my Nexus 7
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    C12Friedman , February 16, 2013 3:36 AM
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    no no, they were just holding it wrong. tilt it to the left a little and the battery life should improve :) 

    Yep, that should do it...
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    tobalaz , February 16, 2013 4:40 AM
    Even though I'm an Android person this BS from Apple is completely unacceptable.
    I really don't give a rat's ass about the die hard iSheep, but if Apple keeps lowering the bar the next version of Android might be half assed coded slop and Google will be able to get away with it because its STILL BETTER than iOS!
    Fix it Apple! If you don't Windows might take over the mobile phone market and we're all screwed!
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    sundragon , February 16, 2013 4:52 AM
    tobalazEven though I'm an Android person this BS from Apple is completely unacceptable.I really don't give a rat's ass about the die hard iSheep, but if Apple keeps lowering the bar the next version of Android might be half assed coded slop and Google will be able to get away with it because its STILL BETTER than iOS!Fix it Apple! If you don't Windows might take over the mobile phone market and we're all screwed!



    LOL, The last update 4.2.2 that took Google 3 months to put out fixed a number of issues that crippled my device as well as the Nexus 10 and the 4....

    Google isn't perfect either - I own both Apple and Android devices. What is rediculous is people making fun of Apple yet they are using phones which have a version of Android that is 2 years old or they totally ignore Googles massive fail with Jelly Bean... Did I mention December was missing from my calendar?

    http://www.androidpolice.com/tags/nexus-7-bluetooth-issue/

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1991489

    https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=39633

    https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=39841

    They juuust patched it after months of dead silence on what they plan on doing - the same thing people give Apple grief for on it's patches.

    If you're gonna give Apple crap, don't be hypocritical and give Google it's fair share.

    I can now enjoy my Nexus

    Sent from my Nexus 7
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    bigpinkdragon286 , February 16, 2013 6:14 AM
    Looking at Apple's history, what software have they ever written well beyond the interface!
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    andreizaha , February 16, 2013 7:16 AM
    I dont know about others, but I get about 20-30% more juice out of my battery with iOS 6.1 and 6.1.1, so I dont know about others...
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