Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 Primarily to Fix the iPhone 4S Connectivity Issues


Apple has released a new version of iOS with the version number 6.1.1, and it’s specifically designed to cure any woes you’ve been having with 2G and 3G performance since upgrading to iOS 6.1. Apple released the first major revision of iOS 6 last month, which although light on features, did add 4G LTE connectivity for international iPhone 5 models.

All seemed well until just after the weekend, when Vodafone issued a better-late-than-never warning to its subscribers, urging them not to upgrade to iOS 6.1 due to the new software causing problems with performance. The network claimed the problems were isolated to the iPhone 4S and would show up in the form of an inability to make or receive calls, send or receive text messages or use data for connecting to the Internet. So, practically everything you need, then.

At the time, Vodafone said Apple was aware of the problem and it was busily working on a solution, although no timeframe for a fix was provided. It’s great to see a new version of the software arrive so soon afterwards, suggesting Apple already knew there was an issue before Vodafone told its customers.

Anyone hoping for iOS 6.1.1 to contain a few bonuses is going to be disappointed, as it’s strictly about squashing whatever bugs found their way into iOS 6.1. It’s available now as an over-the-air update, or it can be applied through iTunes, but if neither of those options appeal, it can be downloaded separately. Despite it mainly curing a problem isolated to the iPhone 4S, it’s applicable for all iPhone models after the iPhone 3GS, plus the iPod Touch 4th generation and higher, along with the iPad 2, iPad 3 and new iPad.

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