Apple is historically known for good products and more than decent after sales support. One aspect of after sales support is software updates. Since the inception of iOS, Apple has been pretty quick to negate flaws if any with the help of software updates. As newer iterations of iOS emerged in the market, the frequency of these software updates increased substantially. And as a result, we saw several minor updates or point updates of iOS between each major update. However, with iOS 6.1 Apple seemed to have missed a trick as it posed certain problems for plenty of users. One report suggested that the iPhone 4S users were facing trouble in accessing cellular networks post the update. And now, Apple has partially acknowledged the issue as it has begun rolling out the iOS 6.1.1 update for the iPhone 4S. This update is exclusive to the iPhone 4S as it addresses the aforementioned issue, as clearly shown in the changelog. The update is only 23MB in size as it only fixes a particular bug. Here’s what the changelog says – “This update fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S.”
The issue basically revolved around connecting to 3G networks, which made UK carrier Vodafone send out SMSes to iPhone 4S owners on its network to hold off on the update. Here’s the message sent by Vodafone to its customers a couple of weeks ago – “If you’ve not already downloaded iOS 6.1 for your iPhone 4s, please hold off for the next version while Apple fixes 3G performance issues. Thanks”
Users have been reporting battery life issues post the iOS 6.1 update. It’s not yet known if Apple will address this issue with an update, but let’s hope it does. It’s commendable though that Apple has issued a fix to the 3G bug on the iPhone 4S this quickly, which is something we don’t expect from OEMs these days. It is believed that Apple showed a sense of urgency with the update as a 6.1.2 update is believed to be rolled out to all of its existing devices in due time. It is hoped that this update will fix the battery issue on other iDevices. There are several other minor bugs that need to be fixed and we expect Apple to pay attention to that as well. If you don’t own an iPhone 4S, this news probably won’t make any difference to you.