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What’s New in iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.1 beta begins [u]

2 November 2012 4,025 views No Comment

Will the just released iOS 6.0.1 fix the nagging wi-fi connection problem for iPhone 5 users? At the very least, this hotly awaited update of Apple’s mobile operating system does include a bullet point covering the issue. What else is new? Get a full run down here.

Apple has released iOS 6.0.1 (release notes). As mentioned in the lead, there is promised relief for the wi-fi connection issue affecting iPhone 5 users, though there is a lot, lot more baked into this important update:

• Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
• Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
• Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
• Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
• Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
• Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
• Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
• Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

That first bullet point is worth some additional attention. Specifically, that fix includes a special “iOS update” app that is installed to improve over-the-air installation process.

Lastly, according to News.com, iOS 6.0.1 also fixes an annoying Exchange bug that delete a meeting for all invited attendees if one user declines an invitation.

[u] There are early indications that iPhone 5 call quality (anyone still making calls?) issues have been resolved. Likewise, intermittent wi-fi issues affecting the iPhone 5 and Fifth Generation iPod touch may have been fixed, too.

iOS 6.1: The next big release

For what it’s worth, AppleInsider writes that Apple is testing iOS 6.1, which has a strong emphasis on improving the company’s much maligned Maps app. Specifically, using an updated Maps API (application programming interface), developers will be able to deliver addresses and local points of interest within their apps.

In other words, if you search for coffee, apps written to take advantage of the changes in iOS 6.1 will show you a list of coffee shops close by — should’ve been in there from the beginning.

Lastly, Apple has also seeded an Xcode 4.6 beta, which makes programming those changes possible. In the meantime, Apple has released Xcode 4.5.2 via the Mac App Store, which adds support for the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad.

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