Apple released iOS 6.0.2 for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, an update that promises to fix WiFi issues for these devices.
The small update is available as a download direct to the iOS device and as an update for users that plug the iPhone or iPad into a computer.
This small update should not be confused with the iOS 6.1 update we expect in early 2013 with a host of new features. This is a welcome update for anyone experiencing WiFi connectivity issues on the iPhone or iPad.
Apple’s release note for the iOS 6.0.2 update is brief, saying only that this update, “Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi.”
The iOS 6 WiFi issue is an annoying connection and speed issue that has been around since iOS 6 was released in September. This bug causes speeds to drop or connections to stall when connected to WiFi. Several members of the Gotta Be Mobile staff experienced this bug on the iPhone 5 and on the iPad.
The iOS 6.0.2 update should help alleviate the issue which would often stall web browsing sessions on the iPhone without a reason. Users may erroneously believe it is related to their router, but this update may fix the problem for most iPhone and iPad owners.
Users waiting for an iOS 6 jailbreak may want to avoid this update until further notice, in case Apple patched any exploits. The iOS 6.0 jailbreak for the iPhone 5 may not arrive until iOS 6.1 is released according to some rumors, so we could hear about an all-clear soon.
How to Update to iOS 6.0.2
Users can update to iOS 6.0.2 on the device or by connecting to their computer. The over the air update is currently down, returning the error message,
Unable to Check for Update: An error occurred while checking for a software update.
Users can wait a few hours and try again by going to Settings -> General -> Software Updates.
Users can also plug-in to iTunes to update the software without waiting. To do the update this way, plug the iPhone 5 and iPad mini into your computer and open iTunes.
Select the device on the left side of iTunes.
When the device shows up in the main iTunes screen click on Check for Update.
When prompted click Download and Update.
Wait for the iPhone or iPad to restart.