Apple iOS 4.1 released to all tomorrow

For those of you who caught Apple's special music event last week, or for those who have just heard about the new version iOS, this is a reminder to check for updates tomorrow, according to a quick blurb that was leaked on Apple's UK site.

iOS 4.1 comes with a vast number of improvements over iOS 4, including addressing the slow performance when installed on an iPhone 3G handset. Lifehacker compares iOS 4 and 4.1 on an iPhone 3G to show the increase in speed. For everyone else, various security issues and bugs have also been patched.

The upgrade includes GameCenter, a social framework for iOS gaming that allows friends to play games together via an invite system that will notify the user in-game of someone wishing to play. Leaderboards also come as a feature, which further makes iOS a real gaming experience and system. In Apple's keynote, they mentioned how the iOS platform sells more games than Nintendo and Sony's mobile gaming market combined. The option to place more game features into the system just makes sense at this point.

iPhone 4 owners who had a difficult time with the proximity sensor should no longer have to fret over the issue. iOS 4.1 will fix the sensor that is supposed to lock the screen when the phone is places close to the user's head so no accidental buttons are pressed. Currently some users report that they have a faulty sensor, however the new firmware should fix this.

The new iPod Touch and iPhone 4 will get the Apple HDR photo ability. An HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo consists of three photos, one that is shot under normal conditions, one over exposed, and one under exposed. An algorithm overlays the three images which aims to show more detail and give a better photo than a standard image. Users will have the option to save whichever one of the two photos they prefer.

Apple iOS 4.1 will come out tomorrow, September 8th, and will be a free software update from iTunes.

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I think it will be out at 10am PDT / 6pm UK time. That's IF it gets released today as it did say it was going to be released today on the Apple website but now it just says 'coming soon' so I wouldn't be suprised if it doesn't come out today. (But hopefully it will!)

W00t W00t, can wait for the update. although I'm already happy with my iOS on my iPhone 4 so far

Hope the game system is something similar like Steam

I have 4.1 on my phone (3gs) at the moment and I can't enable HDR photos. I think it might only be for iPhone 4's. :\

Tamilboy86 said,
Hope it fixes the issues with car stereos..

Amen! I am sick and tired of random disconnects on my Ford Sync since 4.0 came out.

medium_pimpin said,
I hope I can start using my 3G again after this....

I wonder how 4.1 compares to 3.1.3. they all say that 4.1 is better than 4.0. That is to be expected, but how is 4.1 vs 3.1.3. I downgraded because 4.0 was so lame. Therefore, I won't be upgrading my iPhone 3G to 4.1 if performance-wise, it's not comparable. It's not worth it to upgrade when all you get are folders.

iPhone 3G did not get the wallpaper, the rotation lock, the multitasking, and won't be getting GameCenter (whereas iPod touch 2G will get it o__O). So if iOS only bring be folders and the performance takes a hit still, I'll just wait until I renew my contract and change to an iPhone 4.5 or 5 or whatever Apple may call it then.

I've been living without all those features ever since I got my 3G, so I can certainly live without them a while longer

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Edited by einsteinbqat, Sep 8 2010, 1:55am :

SOHara said,
I might be wrong here and not worked it out yet on my 3GS but the HDR photos are only available on the iPhone 4

That is correct, iPhone 4 only.

SOHara said,
I might be wrong here and not worked it out yet on my 3GS but the HDR photos are only available on the iPhone 4

So much for Steve Jobs' claim that the 3GS fully supports iOS 4.

thealexweb said,

So much for Steve Jobs' claim that the 3GS fully supports iOS 4.

It does. I don't think he ever claimed that it supported iOS 4.1, though. The HDR feature is new to 4.1.

ADSfull said,

The HDR photos only apply to iphone 3GS? i don't think so

Huh? No one said the HDR photos were only on the 3GS, they were saying they are only on the iPhone 4 and NOT on the 3GS.

This is great news. I am selling my old 3G to my sister because her's cracked, and no better way than with a faster OS.

ccoltmanm said,
This is great news. I am selling my old 3G to my sister because her's cracked, and no better way than with a faster OS.

I wonder how 4.1 compares to 3.1.3. I won't be upgrading my iPhone 3G to 4.1 if performance-wise, it's not comparable. It's not worth it to upgrade when all you get are folders.

iPhone 3G did not get the wallpaper, the rotation lock, the multitasking, and won't be getting GameCenter (whereas iPod touch 2G will get it o__O). So if iOS only bring be folders and the performance takes a hit still, I'll just wait until I renew my contract and change to an iPhone 4.5 or 5 or whatever Apple may call it then.

I've been living without all those features ever since I got my 3G, so I can certainly live without them a while longer

etempest said,
Outsell Sony "handheld", most likely, Nintendo "handheld", not sure.

Read it again, the iOS platform (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) sells more than Sony and Nintendo COMBINED.

roadwarrior said,

Read it again, the iOS platform (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) sells more than Sony and Nintendo COMBINED.

Wrongo. You are adding disparate products from completely different market spaces in your narrow comparison of ONLY game units of competitors. The iPhone is not a dedicated game unit, and neither is the iPod Touch for that matter. The iPad is pretty much only useful for games and watching movies on long trips, so MAYBE you could compare that, but that's is surely not how Apple is selling it, regardless.

PS even the humblest versions of the Windows platform have outsold all iOS devices COMBINED.

excalpius said,

Wrongo. You are adding disparate products from completely different market spaces in your narrow comparison of ONLY game units of competitors. The iPhone is not a dedicated game unit, and neither is the iPod Touch for that matter. The iPad is pretty much only useful for games and watching movies on long trips, so MAYBE you could compare that, but that's is surely not how Apple is selling it, regardless.

PS even the humblest versions of the Windows platform have outsold all iOS devices COMBINED.

No doubt Windows is still outselling iOS devices... But Windows (in its current form) is not even remotely targeting mobile gaming (Phone 7 will though).

But I think that the bigger point is: People with iOS devices are less likely to buy dedicated gaming devices because iOS has good gaming functionality built in. I would say it is similar to how people who buy Windows machines that are built for gaming are less likely to buy a gaming console because their itch for gaming is solved by a multi-functional computer.

I will agree that playing on a PSP or DS is a better experience for the gamer, but carrying around multiple devices while on the go (you know...ummm...mobile) is not the better experience. The sheer number and ease-of-use of the App Store is very attractive to developers. Big development studios such as Rockstar, Square, EA (cringe), Epic and id Software have taken note and are targeting iOS. Just take a look at the Rage demo id Software has put out for the upcoming Rage port to iOS. Take a look at the Epic Unreal engine for iOS as it is breathtaking.

Edited by Shadrack, Sep 8 2010, 3:02pm :

Hopefully all ready to be jailbroken.
I could turn on the fix for Wallpaper and Backgrounding, but to my knowledge you get stuck with both, so till I get a new idevice, I JB to get userwallpaper and sbsettings on my 2g iPod Touch.

Corris said,
Hopefully all ready to be jailbroken.
I could turn on the fix for Wallpaper and Backgrounding, but to my knowledge you get stuck with both, so till I get a new idevice, I JB to get userwallpaper and sbsettings on my 2g iPod Touch.

If I get it right you're saying that both have to be activated but what I did was to only activate the wallpaper and deactivate the multitasking but even then it was too much battery draining and my iPod was sooo slow so I returned to the official side.

thealexweb said,
I can't upgrade my 3GS because I can't lose my jailbreak / carrier unlock.

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The iPhone Dev Team has confirmed that it will start working on a new Jailbreak as soon as Apple releases the iOS 4.1 software update for its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
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According to tech news site Redmond Pie, it still remains to be seen what kind of jailbreak exploit will this one be. Since Apple has already patched the hole used by JailBreakMe, developers will have to come up with new ways to jailbreak Apple devices.

The exploit could either use a userland jailbreak tool, such as Spirit or JailBreakMe, or it could also be a bootrom exploit like Blackra1n.

http://modmyi.com/forums/gener...ios-4-1-jailbreak-news.html