Rumour: iOS 4.3.1 within a fortnight

Apple is reportedly readying a minor iOS update, less than a fortnight after the company released version 4.3 of the mobile OS.

Boy Genius Report has heard through the grapevine that iOS 4.3.1 could be as little as a week away and will bring a range of minor bug fixes.

According to the site's sources, those fixes will include:

*A baseband update for the iPhone 3GS and iPad.
*A fix for a memory hang that results in memory corruption when reading large files from USIM filesystem.
*A fix for a problem with NTLM authentication in apps and on websites.
*A fix for an issue with the Springboard and 3rd party apps not recognizing the gyroscope on the iPad 2.

The update will also apparently include a fix for an iPad 2 vulnerability used by hacker Comex to jailbreak Apple's new tablet earlier this month. Comex wasted little time in replying to the Boy Genius article, labeling it inaccurate in a tweet.

''The 4.3 jailbreak has not been patched, as it claims. please stop asking / spreading this,'' he said. While Comex has said his jailbreak, known as a ''userland'' jailbreak, can be patched by Apple, he earlier this week suggested a vulnerability in the iPad 2 bootrom may have been discovered. A bootrom vulnerability would be impossible for Apple to fix without releasing updated hardware.

It remains to be seen whether the Verizon iPhone will receive this point update. It is also unknown whether iOS 4.3.1 will include fixes for graphical corruption issues experienced by iPod touch owners, or the now-infamous daylight savings bug.

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iOS 4.3 had such a severe impact on my iPhone 3GS' performance that I had to spend half a day getting it downgraded back to iOS 4.2.1, Apple needs to fix the speed problem before I'll even consider upgrading again.

hevidac said,
iOS 4.3 had such a severe impact on my iPhone 3GS' performance that I had to spend half a day getting it downgraded back to iOS 4.2.1, Apple needs to fix the speed problem before I'll even consider upgrading again.
No speed issues here, only a nasty battery drain issue with my AT&T IPhone 3GS. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think that this Rumor is untrue because: Like I said, I still have NOT gotten access 2 this build through the Apple IOS Developer Program and we usually get 3 Betas of a New Build, followed by an advance release of a GM Build via a download via http://developer.apple.com/ Just FYI.

empty said,
I have been having considerable battery problems with 4.3 - I hope these are fixed in this update
I have been having a battery drain as well. It all started when I installed IOS 4.3 Beta 3 on my AT&T IPhone 3GS! Which IPhone due you have? 4 or 3GS?

P.S. I wish that you guys would stop publishing all of these untrue rumors about apple release dates. First there was the Febuary 14th rumor, then there was the Febuary 28th Rumor, when it was really planned all along 2 NOT GM IOS 4.3 until IPad 2 came out!

qdave said,
glad i didnt update my iphone yet.

4.3 on iPhone is great. It is a mistake to wait with the update unless you have a jailbroken iPhone.

alexalex said,

4.3 on iPhone is great. It is a mistake to wait with the update unless you have a jailbroken iPhone.


sadly i do..and unlocked!

Find it weird that they are not going to include the timezone bug (happening to people in U.S?).. can't wait to see what happens when the daylight saving hits Australia soon....

:: Lyon :: said,
Find it weird that they are not going to include the timezone bug (happening to people in U.S?).. can't wait to see what happens when the daylight saving hits Australia soon....
Its not a bug, its a feature. If they considered it a bug, it would have been fixed by now.

Xerxes said,
Hope it fixes that screen corruption problem some of us gen 4 touch users are getting.

Yeah, I'm holding off on any iOS updates until that issue gets resolved.

Xerxes said,
Hope it fixes that screen corruption problem some of us gen 4 touch users are getting.
Yup, I am waiting as well to see if this fix this issue in my touch 4.

Denis W said,

Yeah, I'm holding off on any iOS updates until that issue gets resolved.

Both this Rumor and the other Rumor about IOS 5.0 in April are inaccurate as both downloads have NOT shown up on Developer.Apple.Com yet as Betas! Apple usually gives us 3 Betas and then an advance copy off the GM Build as downloads.

TheNay said,
And a new jailbreak will be out within less than a month probably.. Apple why do you waste your time?

Because they don't want their software full of security holes? In case you don't understand how it works. Jailbreaking takes advantage of a security hole in the software which allows root access. Apple then patches the hole not necessarily because they don't want it jailbroken (though it is a strong reason) but because they want a secure OS.

TheNay said,
And a new jailbreak will be out within less than a month probably.. Apple why do you waste your time?

The previous userland jailbreak by Comex had a malicous proof of concept where it could access your contacts just by you viewing a webpage for example.

crashguy said,
Congratulations Apple Fans, at least your company give a rats about you!

Too bad for us windows phone 7 fans...


Yeahh Microsoft should have released the NoDo update 2 weeks ago and let Samsung devices have more issues right? I'd rather they fix it and then release it.

/- Razorfold said,

Yeahh Microsoft should have released the NoDo update 2 weeks ago and let Samsung devices have more issues right? I'd rather they fix it and then release it.

How about they get it right the first time? we're not talking about a tiny development company who in fairness cannot afford to do testing or anything of the sort.

I fear that these sort of issues are just evidence that Apple has it right. One device means it's easier to manage.

Clearly device fragmentation causes huge issues for Microsoft.

The other side of this arguement here, is who's fault is this? Microsoft or Samsung? if it works on all other phones other then Samsung, then clearly Samsung's firmware must be at fault here?

You'll find that testing doesn't always come up with all the answers. I mean hey Apple didn't find the iPhone 4 signal issue in their testing afaik.

Considering the update only caused issues with Samsung devices with an odd firmware revision, it means Samsung obviously changed something without informing Microsoft or giving them a device with the new firmware. I mean hey every other device (including some of Samsung's own devices) got the update just fine (if their carriers didn't block it) and installed without issues.

If Microsoft doesn't know about the odd firmware revision, how will they be able to test for it? And no I'm not saying Samsung did this on purpose, they probably just fixed/changed something and didn't think it would be a big issue.

/- Razorfold said,
You'll find that testing doesn't always come up with all the answers. I mean hey Apple didn't find the iPhone 4 signal issue in their testing afaik.

I seriously doubt that. They probably knew it could be a potential issue, tested it for themselves, and found that most people would not be effected by this issue. My iPhone 4 does have this issue and if my signal is on the low end and I death grip it I can make the signal go away. In practice this has not been an issue.

But yes, even Apple has issues with their limited number of devices. Take the iPod Touch graphical gliches, and the poor battery life some users are faces as an example.

crashguy said,
Congratulations Apple Fans, at least your company give a rats about you!

Too bad for us windows phone 7 fans...

What ? Still no DO.NOthing update ?

/- Razorfold said,
You'll find that testing doesn't always come up with all the answers. I mean hey Apple didn't find the iPhone 4 signal issue in their testing afaik.

Considering the update only caused issues with Samsung devices with an odd firmware revision, it means Samsung obviously changed something without informing Microsoft or giving them a device with the new firmware. I mean hey every other device (including some of Samsung's own devices) got the update just fine (if their carriers didn't block it) and installed without issues.

If Microsoft doesn't know about the odd firmware revision, how will they be able to test for it? And no I'm not saying Samsung did this on purpose, they probably just fixed/changed something and didn't think it would be a big issue.

Well this is clearly an issue that Microsoft was not aware of this firmware revision for testing purposes. In the end, either Microsoft or Samsung is at fault here.

However, this does not absolve Microsoft of it's lack of updates, it's lack of information and it's lack of future information about the platform.

As a former iPhone user, and a current Samsung Omnia 7 user (which did the update fine) i have been HIGHLY disappointed by Microsoft's implementation of a so called 'iPhone competitor' and to make it worse i hear Nokia will get functions ONLY available on it's handset?

I fear Microsoft has heard the route of the old phone companies (and sadly like android in some ways). Certain versions on certain phones with certain features.

Apple will never have a competitor until this changes.

What ? Still no DO.NOthing update ?

Wouldn't a no do nothing mean they're doing something?

crashguy said,

However, this does not absolve Microsoft of it's lack of updates, it's lack of information and it's lack of future information about the platform.

What? They said No.Do will come on the first quarter of the year, they were right on that. And they said 2010 will have at least 2 more major updates.

As a former iPhone user, and a current Samsung Omnia 7 user (which did the update fine) i have been HIGHLY disappointed by Microsoft's implementation of a so called 'iPhone competitor' and to make it worse i hear Nokia will get functions ONLY available on it's handset?

Technically all WP7 devices are like that since each OEM does things differently. However, Microsoft is allowing nokia to go further but Nokia said they most probably won't since they don't see a point.

I fear Microsoft has heard the route of the old phone companies (and sadly like android in some ways). Certain versions on certain phones with certain features.

The thing is they need to. Customers don't really care too much about the hardware on phones so if all phones ran the exact same software with no changes, ODMs will be less enthusiastic about the platform since they wouldn't have any way of differentiating themselves.

crashguy said,
Congratulations Apple Fans, at least your company give a rats about you!

Too bad for us windows phone 7 fans...

Apple locks down their devices so they don't have to deal with making their software compatible with different types of hardware. They don't have to deal with 3rd party hardware issues. They're taking the easy route. Not much variety. And they'll throw any company under the bus if things aren't done their way. They drop support for legacy hardware right away as well.

Microsoft takes the route of accommodating their software for a lot of different types of hardware out there. Brings a lot of variety. Even with that burden, they're still able to bring out quality software and hardware. They even support legacy hardware & software for as long as they can until it's not practical to do so anymore.

If apple took Microsoft's route, I don't think they would be able to hold up like Microsoft does.
Any negativity towards Apple, it's denial, denial, don't like it don't buy it. Have problems with old device? Buy the new one, that is supported, only until the next new one comes along. Any negativity towards Microsoft, they listen and do their best to figure out a way to resolve those issues.

Either way, they're both completely different companies with different priorities and objectives. You can't expect both to operate and meet everyone's expectations in the same way under the very different conditions they have to deal with them.

crashguy said,

Well this is clearly an issue that Microsoft was not aware of this firmware revision for testing purposes. In the end, either Microsoft or Samsung is at fault here.

However, this does not absolve Microsoft of it's lack of updates, it's lack of information and it's lack of future information about the platform.

As a former iPhone user, and a current Samsung Omnia 7 user (which did the update fine) i have been HIGHLY disappointed by Microsoft's implementation of a so called 'iPhone competitor' and to make it worse i hear Nokia will get functions ONLY available on it's handset?

I fear Microsoft has heard the route of the old phone companies (and sadly like android in some ways). Certain versions on certain phones with certain features.

Apple will never have a competitor until this changes.

Apple did find issues with the anteena during testing. Steve Jobs admitted they did, but his exact words weree"we didn't think it would be this big a deal." However just in case Apple made a bumper for the phone. Understand this, Apple has NEVER made any type of case for any of their phones...EVER!!! It was always 3rd parties. What they made for the iPhone 4 was not a case, it was a rubber protective barrier to prevent you from touching the gaps. You really think Apple mae such an ugly accessory for no reason at all? Really?