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Apple Releases iOS 4.01 for iPhone and iOS 3.2.1 for iPad

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Ahead of the press circus being held in Cupertino, Apple yesterday released updates to iOS 4.0.1 for the iPhone 4 and iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad. Both are targeted at fixing connection problems, but in different ways for different issues.

iOS 4.0.1 brings the now ironically famous “bar fix” that is supposed to display the signal bars on the phone more accurately. That’s what Apple said it would do, and to my eye that’s what it does. So, as many have said, now you can see just how poor your connection might be at any given time. There’s some good reading on this at AanadTech. Ahead of the press conference speculation is about as rampant as I’ve seen as to how Apple will deal with its PR fiasco. Some sources say there’s a hardware/software fix, some a software fix, some an in-store hardware fix, and some…well, about the only thing I haven’t read is that Apple is going to have all iPhone 4 users dip their phone in the toilet and flush to cure the problem. As is typical some are having problem with the install, but here everything went just fine.

Apple also released the long awaited (long as in mobile tech time) update to iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad that fixes the WiFi connection woes many have experienced. In my circumstance that problem manifested itself at work by having to reconnect to the WiFi network after periods of inactivity. The update seems to have corrected that here in early and limited testing. Again, the update went off without a hitch.

We’ll hear more in a few hours and then we’ll hear more after that.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

2 Comments

  1. Mark

    07/18/2010 at 7:53 am

    Unfortunately, the iPad’s 3.2.1 has two drawbacks. First, it didn’t fix my wifi problem and second, it blows the Spirit jailbreak.

    I narrowed my wifi problem down to the N class network and as an example I use MLB at Bat for iPad. I have two wifi routers, one N, one B/G. When I connect the iPad to the N network, it takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r to get an IP address from the DHCP and actually get online. When I connect it to the B/G router it takes about 3 seconds to do the same thing. Then there are the problems with MLB at Bat. The clarity of streaming game video is amazing and it works great…for a while. With 3.2 the video quality will suddenly drop drastically, looking more like I’m trying to watch over an EDGE connection. It slowly improves until it’s back to where it started and then it repeats for as long as I watch a game. With 3.2.1 it doesn’t cause video quality to drop but, instead, the video stops entirely. The app doesn’t hang, the video screen doesn’t disappear, it simply stops playing and doesn’t restart on it’s own, ever.

    Fortunately, if you did jailbreak your iPad at some point and either continue to have wifi problems and/or miss the advantages of jailbreaking, you can roll back to 3.2 using the same method you would use to roll back the version of an iPhone. And that’s exactly what I did.

  2. Moomtaz

    07/27/2010 at 10:52 am

    Um well how is that do you have a link? HOW do you roll back is what I need to know.

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