Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 to fix 3G problems

Two weeks ago, Apple's mobile operating system iOS received an update to version 6.1, adding LTE support for more carriers on the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and the two most recent iterations of the iPad. However, the update caused cellular and 3G networking problems on the iPhone 4S. With today's update, which Apple says "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S," those problems should be over.

Some European carriers even advised their customers to avoid upgrading to iOS 6.1, because their iPhones could get problems connecting to the network and the internet as well as receiving and making calls or text messages. Some companies running also discovered excessive logging on their Exchange servers, with some companies even banning iPhones running iOS 6.1 from their networks.

The reason why Apple pushed this update only two weeks after the last update is probably because the company received some negative attention in the past with the introduction of iOS 6, which brought the flawed Apple Maps along with some Wi-Fi related problems. iOS 6.1 tried to resolve those issues, but replaced them with new ones.

iOS 6.1.1 is a 23 MB update for those running version 6.1.

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I'm happy that this fix came out, as indeed I had several connection issues with my 4S...
I'm Dutch, and couldn't reach a few people since I went to 6.1... however they could still reach me.
Now with 6.1.1 things seem to work normal again.

No problems with the iPhone software... ahhh, that's probably because I use the HTC HD2 with Android. But seriously, I never owned the iPhone but recently had a play with a friend's iPhone and I must admit it felt nice in the hand and going through the programs was quick and efficient. It is truly a nice phone, and for the problems, well Android has its fair share of those as well.

This Battery Drain and Exchange Looping issue really bugs me with iOS 6.1.

The update on my iPad 3 left it useless. I had exchanged it 3 times with the LTE(Verizon) going back to 3G within 30 minutes or after a few hours. It happened for the last time while at the Apple store getting a new iPad3. They could not upgrade me and said that Apple would not let them give me an upgrade to the new iPAD(4) even though I told them Apple decided to replace the iPad(3) with the iPad(4) for the same price so therefore it is not an upgrade but an exchange for like since iPad(3) was replaced and no longer being offered like the iPad(2). They didn't see it that way.
They also said that the new iPad(4) used the same LTE chipset and would most likely have the same issues and that it was Verizon that needed to take care of this issue since they have done all they could. WHAT!!!!!

Needless to say after hours with Apple and the Manager at the Store - they decided to take back my iPad(3) after 9 months of use and refund me my money. I then turned around and purchased an iPad(4).

Guess what? No issues with the iOS 6.1 with LTE(Verizon) on the new iPad(4). HMMM APPLE....

Have to unpack my Surface Pro 128GB + 64GB MicroSD soon.

Shame on you Apple iOS 6.0 was a mess with Exchange and you would think you would learn your lesson? nope...still CRAPOLA!!

So the Exchange thing isn't fixed then? Damn. We're trying out the "delete device mail profile, reboot, recreate" workaround. Apparently if it's created in 6.1 it's ok, but if the profile was upgraded, not so much. Have to see after testing though.

Shadrack said,
What's wrong with Exchange connections? I have one to my work and to gmail and I haven't had any issue.

It's what happens on the server end when iOS clients connect, that's my understanding.

Includes a "free" security update too I'm sure for Jailbreakers. Good strategy to get Jailbreakers to upgrade, put out an exploitable version but with serious bugs so they have to upgrade to the non Jailbroken version. (Too late to go back on A5 and later when they stop signing old version). Hopefully there is a jailbreak patch to resolve the issues without upgrading.

i was wondering why i kept getting no signal (o) when there was a signal before. hope this fixes the problem but i did notice that my ipad has the same problems after upgrading to 6.1

I sold off my 4S because since iOS 6, my phone would randomly show No Service in a full network area. I tried switching Airplane mode On/Off but of no use. The only thing that worked was to hard reboot the phone. I even tried DFU restore. So now got Note 2 and even though some iOS apps are missing and app store is of pathetic quality filled with hot girl apps, I am still ok with it. Apple brought this on to them.

sanke1 said,
I sold off my 4S because since iOS 6, my phone would randomly show No Service in a full network area. I tried switching Airplane mode On/Off but of no use. The only thing that worked was to hard reboot the phone. I even tried DFU restore. So now got Note 2 and even though some iOS apps are missing and app store is of pathetic quality filled with hot girl apps, I am still ok with it. Apple brought this on to them.

Was this a GSM iPhone 4S? If so, a new SIM card may have been needed. I went into my AT&T store and they gave me a new SIM card. It fixed all the issues I had.

Xenomorph said,

Was this a GSM iPhone 4S? If so, a new SIM card may have been needed. I went into my AT&T store and they gave me a new SIM card. It fixed all the issues I had.


I changed to new Micro sim as well. Nothing worked. The phone used to go in No Service mode every 1-2 days.

yowanvista said,
Does this update also patch the iOS6.1 jailbreak exploit?

Mr.XXIV said,
That's also what I'm worried about.

Just read my Back Page news that I posted 5 hours ago! But to cut it short, the answer is no. Evasi0n still can jailbreak 6.1.1.

Good thing there is no affect on the 4. I love updating, but I just don't want to now that I've jailbroken it.

Which reminds me, I suppose I can't update directly, anyone?

Nope. You should always check the main heads on Twitter to see if it is safe to update, and OTA will likely mess things up. Also, you get a different SHSH blob from Apple if you do an OTA update. You will need the one you get for doing a "full restore" just encase you ever need to do a "full restore" (you'll never OTA yourself out of a problem in other words).