iOS 5.1 turns your iPhone 4S into an iPhone 4G

By , Mar 7, 2012

If you’re not worried about your jailbreak, we’re assuming you’ve already installed the iOS 5.1 update that was just released this afternoon. iOS 5.1 adds some great features like Siri support for Japanese users, a new camera app for iPad, and a new camera shortcut.

The new update also adds a 4G indicator to the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S. While it doesn’t truly support 4G, AT&T can call the iPhone 4S a 4G device because it supports HSPA+ networks up to 16 megabits per second…

AT&T is currently the only carrier displaying the 4G indicator. The Verizon and Sprint versions of the iPhone 4S doesn’t include the 4G indicator in the latest 5.1 update.

The iPhone 4S doesn’t include a 4G chip, but AT&T most likely included the 4G indicator for marketing reasons. The new iPad due out March 17th does feature 4G LTE on both AT&T and Verizon’s network, however.

While the 4G indicator is certainly nice, it’s in no way inductive of 4G speeds.

[Image via Digeratti]

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  • B. Braun

    Is the Wifi Hotspot available on the iPad 2 with iOS 5.1? #iphone #ipad

  • Alex Baer

    Ugh, I hate ATT even more. I feel like Steve would never have gone for this crap

    • Matthew Scott

      You do realise that Steve planned the next few generations of products, how they’d look etc… before he passed away right?

  • israel_shield

    Does the Upgrade fix the battery bug? If not I am staying with my Jailbreak!

    • Andres Marrero

      too early to tell, i never had battery probs w/ 5.0.1 tho

    • Cameron Farzaneh

      apple says it does. it says so in the changelog.

  • Siv

    “While the 4G indicator is certainly nice, it’s in no way inductive of 4G speeds”

    Wow! I’m gonna give up my jailbreak so that I can get a 4G sign on my status bar! Of course, it won’t really give me 4G speed. It’s just for show :)

  • Anonymous

    I think its good to know when you’re on hspa+ and 3G. W out this indicator there is no way to tell

  • Anonymous

    I can do the same thing with Winterboard, even with my ip4

    • Anonymous

      The difference this actually tells you when you’re on a 4G network, and will switch to 3G when you’re not. And even further if you end up on Edge it will show an E

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know where I can get that wallpaper?

    • Joshua Rawlings

      But honestly………..Where can we find this wallpaper???

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    • Stephanie Assouline

      Its not a theme, its wallpaper with icon boxes

    • Anonymous

      you sir, are an idiot…

    • Joshua Rawlings

      Writing uninformed comments in all caps makes you look even more mentally disabled!

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    • Kurt

      “USE YOUR EYES PPL” …haha…um, yeah ok. we’ll do that, thanks

    • Rodney Coleman

      Lol I have a 4G icon… How about u to get a 4S lol

  • Andy Pritchard

    I want the 4G icon to show off. Too bad it’s only with AT&T in the US :(

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if it’s a 4G phone, does that comply with AT&T announcement in regards to a 5GB data throttling if your on an unlimited plan?

  • Andre Grey

    where can i find that wallpaper?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know Jeff, while the 4S can’t produce true LTE speeds speeds I have certainly had download speeds a little over 9mbps. If I can consistently get download speeds between 10 – 15mbps, I can live with that. That’s a whole better compared to the other carrier’s versions.

    • Kevin Holzendorf

      I know what you mean sometimes I get 12 Mbps on my 4S!

  • Jhonny Lennon

    Has anyone else noticed that iOS 5.1 finally added the “Ñ” on its Spanish keyboard? (Instead of that press-n-hold drag)

  • Linda

    how can i get the 4g on my 4s

  • Anonymous

    apple is slowly getting lame.. they better get the iphone 5 right or the world will get bored..

  • David M Bidwell

    I did see a small speed difference when i updated to IOS 5.1

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