Apple posts iOS 6.1.1 firmware fixing iPhone 4S reliability, 3G issues

By , Feb 11, 2013

iOS 6.1.1 prompt

Right on cue, Apple has rushed out the new iOS 6.1.1 firmware update to the iPhone 4S owners to fix 3G connectivity issues, enterprise problems and quite possibly squash a few reliability related bugs. iPhone 4S owners can apply an over-the-air update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Of course, if you’re already jailbroken, do not update to iOS 6.1.1 until it becomes clear whether or not it breaks the jailbreak…

The update with the build number 10B145 “fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S”, per release notes accompanying the paltry 23MB download.

iOS 6.1.1 was in testing for members of Apple’s developer program since February 6.

Quick, do the math in your head: it took only five days to roll it out.

So much about the “fragmented” iOS landscape.

If you have jailbroken or unlocked your device, stay away from iOS 6.1.1 because at this time you can’t use evasi0n to jailbreak the new firmware. Do not hit the Update button until evasi0n is updated – unless you’re OK with losing the jailbreak.

To be on the safe side, there’s a new feature in the latest evasi0n jailbreak version 1.2 which disables over-the-air updates. Those already jailbroken can update the ‘evasi0n 6.0-6.1 Untether’ package in Cydia.

It’s also a good practice to save your SHSH blobs for iOS 6.1 as Apple will stop signing the firmware shortly after 6.1.1 hits.

evasi0n idevice splash page

You can manually download iOS 6.1.1 via iDB’s downloads page.

9to5Mac reminds us that the recently seeded iOS 6.1.1 beta with Maps fixes for Japan will be renamed to a different version number when it is publicly released.

iOS 6.1.1 beta will be renamed to a different version with the next developer release and will include the fixes included in the public release of iOS 6.1.1 in addition to the improvements to Maps for Japan.

iOS 6.1.1 arrives just days after European carriers advised against applying the January 28 iOS 6.1 firmware, following reports of 3G connectivity problems, overheating, issues with AOL corporate meeting management and more.

Per our non-scientific poll, half of those having issues with iOS 6.1 reported problems with the battery drain (cased by an Exchange bug), with another 25 percent observing problems with the handset’s 3G performance.

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  • jose castro

    damn already

  • Jay

    That was very quick, wonder if they fixed evasi0n hack… hmmm

    • Christopher Deal

      Doubt it since the release is for a single generation of iPhone, namely the 4S.

      • Jay

        Ah, correct on that one!

      • Abuthen

        So the rest of the iphones, e.g. 4 and 5 will not get 6.1.1?

  • FlamingOzone

    Apple can’t win this war

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      I am sure if Apple wanted to they could have included a patch for evasi0n. They are not stupid………

  • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

    I wonder if it’s been enough time for them to patch the evasi0n jailbreak, but knowing Apple…

    • Falk M.

      Yeah, right… and then release it only for one device… Makes total sense… :P

  • SimonReidy

    Yikes that was fast. Given the exploit/s apparently haven’t been patched, I presume Evasion will be upgraded to make it work with 6.1.1?

  • http://twitter.com/xkenx1995 Kenneth Torres

    Hey christian does cydia still save shsh blobs because i dont see it on the top of cydia anymore when i jailbroke with evasi0n

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      I’m not sure but I think it still does. It might have been deactivated last week when Cydia and all other repos were overwhelmed with traffic. Your best bet is to use TinyUmbrella

    • Deveh

      I had the same question

    • http://twitter.com/compiledEntropy A.J. Payne

      Saurik has disabled it temporarily to keep from crashing his shsh cache server, but it will be re-enabled soon. For now, save your blobs with iFaith or TinyUmbrella.

    • Jimothy

      I might be wrong here, but I thought I read on /r/ jailbreak that he said he was not gonna do that anymore, due to complications with Apple. I might be wrong though.

      • http://twitter.com/strubberg11 Billy

        I thought I read that somewhere too.

    • Adrian12369

      I went on it right now be it showed my shsh blobs. It didn’t show them before though. Try reloading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JayLst Son Lo

    my iphone 5 got the same problem with the ios 6.1

  • pauleebe

    So I guess the 6.1.1 beta, which added functionality for Asian Maps, will come in the form of 6.1.2 for all devices? Confusing …

  • Adrian12369

    I use ishshit to save my blobs. I’m on iOS 5.1.1 and have saved my blobs for ios 5.1.1, 6.0.1 and 6.1. The ones for 6.0.1 and 6.1 will still work rite? Even though I’m still on 5.1.1?

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      If its a 4s and above then you can only go to the firmware that apple is signing still

  • Manosnakes4

    If I update my 4s to 6.1.1 will I lose jailbreak?

    • jose castro

      yes probably. i would hold off till Evasi0n says its good. And they also need to make the tool to do 6.1.1.. because it only goes up to 6.1.

    • http://twitter.com/strubberg11 Billy

      Most likely I would rather be safe then sorry!!

      • Manosnakes4

        That’s true ;)

    • Reez Champ

      You guys have to read the entire article b4 commenting.

  • naheed asif

    just jailbroke my 4s with evasi0n 1.2 no problem with 6.1.1

    • koonlay

      Seriously?

  • http://twitter.com/GGurudas Gurudas G✅

    :O Thank god! I just restored yesterday because of some issues but of course re-jailbroke right away.

  • iospixel

    Why would the rush a patch for evasi0n, The bugs arnt in the public domain and they last thing they need is more bugs from a simple hotfix. Fix the network problems is their priority, they’re the dudes who buy the handsets before selling them to me and you. Then worry about the cydia eating the apple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kpchristensen Kim P. Christensen

    OMFG!! What about all iPhones?! My iPhone 4 can’t access to App Store and iTunes with Wi-Fi! Dafuq Apple? Ö

  • bow hader

    i have a iphone 4s ios 6.1 not a problem with 3G

  • http://www.facebook.com/fahmieits Khoirul Fahmi

    just upgraded to 6.1.1 guys, evasi0n just released the new version 1.3 that support 6.1.1 jailbreak on iPhone 4s :)

  • arun

    battery issues with 6.1.1 :(

    • Darkmac

      Upgraded and still having battery issue

      • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

        I am too. I finally determined the the problem for me to be Springtomize 2! I caught wind of this when I updated to 6.1. So I tested my phone for hours without installing Springtomize after the recent 6.1.1 update and jailbreak, thus no abnormal batter drain. Afterwards I installed it for the first time and, of course, the drain returned. I turned Springtomize off (not uninstall) for the entire day today with no battery drain resulting. It’s unfortunately but I can’t imagine that I’m the only one this is affecting.

  • arun

    Any one having an issue with the battery life after 6.1.1 ??

    • arun

      Waiting for reply ??

  • O Al Marar

    Hello , we r in 2013. Wake up apple

    2013 and apple still have bugs and issues on most update

    Why???

    Big company and baaad software updates

    That enough

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.howard.3762 Peter Howard

    iPhone IOS 5.1.1 Rollback Petition – on FaceBook
    Please visit this page to join forces…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kpchristensen Kim P. Christensen

    Apple co. Please fix the Wi-FI and App Store bugs, I should switch my iPhone to Samsung, I had enough….!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kpchristensen Kim P. Christensen

    When Steve Jobs was alive, he is the best for Apple co. and fix bugs with the right choice. And now Tim Cook cannot really fix the bugs same as Steve. Who’s with me???

  • maurid

    Why is there always something to fix? Why can’t they just ONCE roll out an update that lasts for more than two weeks?

  • ruthiresh

    still ma wifi option is disabled in ios6.1.1
    wat to do ?

  • mike

    didnt solve my problem! I have iphone 4s thru AT&T and having 3g problems. i can call and
    text, but it is REALLY SLOW sending pics thru text or pulling up the
    internet. I cant even watch videos, which before 6.1 and 6.1.1, i had no
    problems doing all of the above!!!

  • Mary Ann Lee

    I updated to 6.1.2. I’m having Internet connection problems. Slow or no connection at all. Wish I could go back to 6.1.1 I have a 4s phone. Still have 6.1.1 on ipad connects to Internet with no problem