Apple fixes iPad mini, iPhone 5 Wi-Fi bug with iOS 6.0.2 software update

By , Dec 18, 2012

iOS 6.0.2 iTunes update

Apple has just released an incremental iOS 6.0.2 update fixing issues with wireless network connections on the iPad mini and iPhone 5. According to Apple, the software “fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi”. Previous reports have suggested that these devices suffer from a carrier-agnostic Wi-Fi issue that could result in unwarranted cellular data usage while on a Wi-Fi network. Unfortunately, Apple does not name the exact Wi-Fi bug that has been fixed with this update…

Some iPhone 5 owners complained about limited range and issues with data speeds over Wi-Fi. Hopefully, the iOS 6.0.2 update addresses these problems. There are no user-facing features as this clearly is just a maintenance update.

From Apple’s release notes:

iOS 6.0.2 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The new software arrives hot on the heels of the fourth beta of the incoming iOS 6.1 update, which was released to Apple’s registered developers yesterday.

Apple on November 1 issued the iOS 6.0.1 update (yes, you can jailbreak it) for iOS devices, fixing the virtual keyboard glitch and improving Wi-Fi reception.

iOS 6.0.2 update

You can apply the iOS 6.0.2 update directly on your iPhone 5 or iPad mini by choosing General > Software Update in Settings.

We’ve been getting error messages when checking for over-the-air updates. If OTA is down for you, just plug your device into iTunes and click “Check for Update” to get the latest version.

iOS Software Update not available

You  can also find the new firmware on our Downloads page.

Hit us in comments should you spot anything else worth mentioning.

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  • jose castro

    how many times did they say it fixes wifi bug? And also should we update?

    • Johnathan Jennings

      It’s a .0.X update, yes you can. If a jailbreak comes out you’ll be good

      • AltF5

        Does it matter if I do an OTA update?

      • marco1993

        No it doesn’t matter if you are not jailbroken but if you are currently jail broken the update will fail and you will brick your phone if you try OTA update

      • AltF5

        Thanks for the head’s up :)

  • http://twitter.com/Barack0drama Yo mama

    I’ll stay on 6.0 in hopes of a jailbreak.

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      Its a small incremental update so I assume if a jailbreak works for 6.0 it would work for 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 based on what has happened with past jailbreaks but it will certainly not work with 6.1. Musclenerd said to avoid updates to improve chances of any future JB so if you’re really hesitating then just stay on 6.0 to stay safe, and also save your shsh blobs for 6.0 just in case any use for them arises for the JB.

  • http://twitter.com/shane_e46 Shane Sepeda

    I’ve noticed a bug with my wifi on my iphone 5. After my phone has been on for about 4 days straight, the wifi signal shows 1 bar, and has a really slow download speed. When I restart the phone it goes back to full bars and a fast download speed.

    • ic0dex

      Same here and when I have my Bluetooth on at home for some reason it messes with My Netgear WIFi router. When I turn it off my router works fine.

  • jose castro

    what if this update fixes security holes?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.grossett Steve Grossett

    I realized that my iPhone 5’s wifi is crappy too! I could be 10m away from the router and my wifi signal just disappears and shows 3G. It just sucks! I hope this fixes it! Even my iPhone 4 gets better reception. Even when I’m far away outside of the house.

    • http://twitter.com/jchaike jchaike

      thats not what it fixes – it fixes leaks while your on your WiFi network, but cellular data is still being used.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

        it fixes both

  • jose castro

    my OTA works

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.grossett Steve Grossett

    Hey guys! I got my update to show up! Not sure if it will work for others but try turning off your wifi if you were checking OTA with wifi on. I used cellular and it came up! Said it needed wifi to download though, so I turned wifi and clicked download and install.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

      It is because ur DNS has an error, try changing the DNS to Google’s 8.8.4.4 and 8.8.8.8

  • Guest

    Just downloaded. Not sure if it changed anything.

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    This just posted by Musclenerd “@MuscleNerd: Remember! JBers should always avoid updates (like 6.0.2 being offered to some devices today) to improve chances of using any future JB”

    • jose castro

      yeah because a wifi fix will do that(sarcastic)

      • http://twitter.com/AlbertoMS89 Alberto Martinez

        freaking idiot, I swear -_-

      • jose castro

        obviously every buddy thinks you are with that comment.

      • http://twitter.com/AlbertoMS89 Alberto Martinez

        Look at your comment dude, how many people are in your side? yeah that’s what I thought, listen to Stephaughn Alston, he knows what he is talking about, he doesn’t give his opinion on things he doesn’t know like you are doing, do yourself a favor and stop embarrassing yourself.

      • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

        They tell you it’s JUST a WIFI fix of course, their not going to go into detail and say “This is also to cover any security holes so you guys can’t jailbreak”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/khan.rulzz.7 Khan Rulzz

    Remember! JBers should always avoid updates (like 6.0.2 being offered to some devices today) to improve chances of using any future JB (MuscleNerd)

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.grossett Steve Grossett

    I just updated and I can see an immediate difference! It loads my pages faster now, no more lagging and dropping to cellular! It’s like when I first used it on iOS 6.0! #appleftw :-D
    No more restarting my modem and router! Which proved pointless!

    • SnowLprd

      No! Way! Really?! That! Is! So! Awesome!!!

  • Guest

    iOS 6.0.2 has a new bookmark bar in the stock safari browser app . So far that is the change I saw including the impact on wifi it really improves the connection

    • jose castro

      he says that but from what the notes say.. its only for wifi, not security and what not…. i know that a lot of people wanted this since ios6 came out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

    And what if I have ios 6.1 beta 4? I mean has it been fixed on it?

    • marco1993

      If you have iOS 6.1 b4 you must be a dev
      You figure it out

      • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

        Anyone can have a dev account you know xD

      • jose castro

        wow you finally figure it out HOLY CRAP you are a pure genius

      • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

        Figure it out what man? He is the one that should figure it out

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Seems to have improved wifi connection.

  • Greyhound Mom

    When are they going to fix the bug where iPhone fives get stuck on LTE with no data. I have to keep resetting my phone. And it’s a mystery how people can submit feedback to Apple anyway.

  • AndyDontCare

    My wifi is still dead slow. 3mbps down, 0.1mbps up. My laptop on the other hand is 18mpbs down, 8mbps up. Wish this got the same attention as their maps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/StarTuneII Reginald Pettway Jr

    phone seems a little snappier

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    usage now states your photos and camera storage in your iphone on 6.0.2

  • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

    Christien, you can fix the ‘unable to check for update’ error by changing your WiFi DNS to Google’s free servers, 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001783517599 Gregory D Foster

    My iPad mini doesn’t stay connected when its asleep. Notifications don’t come through…I wonder if this fixes it. Better get to downloading I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/jdboomjdjohn John Dsouza

    Cant see ios 6.1,instead it says your software is up to date 6.0.1
    I thought it may take some time in asia but my frnds updated to 6.1,i’ve tried hard reset ,reset network settings but nothing worked ,plz help

  • http://twitter.com/grachy Grachel Castro

    still having wifi problems even if the mini has the 6.0.2 already.