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Apple iOS 6.1.1 released for the iPhone 4S: Summary of the change and bug fix in iOS 6.1.1

Updated on February 14, 2013

iOS 6.1.1 release changes

iOS 6.1.1 was released for the iPhone 4S by Apple on February 11, 2013, and carries primarily a fix to a major bug that was introduced in iOS 6.1.
iOS 6.1.1 was released for the iPhone 4S by Apple on February 11, 2013, and carries primarily a fix to a major bug that was introduced in iOS 6.1.

Changed made in iOS 6.1.1 released for the iPhone 4S

On February 11, 2013, shortly after the release of iOS 6.1 on January 28, 2013, Apple released iOS 6.1.1. Prior to its official release, many people were concerned that the release of iOS 6.1.1 was a response to the recently released evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 6.x.x devices. However, following the release, it became clear that it was not the intention of Apple to prevent jailbreaks of iOS 6.x.x devices. Instead the intention was to fix a major bug that was introduced in iOS 6.1 for Apple iPhone 4S devices and therefore the iOS 6.1.1 release also can only be applied on the iPhone 4S devices.

With iOS 6.1.1 the official changelog from Apple stated the following: "Fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S". It turned out that after the iOS 6.1 version was rolled out, iPhone 4S users were experiencing both significantly reduced battery time and also severe connectivity issues. While battery life is always a topic that is heavily debated following every release of new iOS versions, the connectivity issues are much more severe. Several users have reported that their iPhone 4S devices after being upgraded to iOS 6.1 would have difficulties connecting to the cellular networks, resulting in them unable to make and receive calls, send and receive text (SMS and MMS) messages, as well as accessing the internet.

The problems that were reported seemingly only affected users on the iPhone 4S devices with none of the other devices experiencing any similar problems including the newer iPhone 5 device. Considering the severity of the bug, which essentially rendered the iPhone 4S useless for many people, it was not too surprising to see that Apple was quick to roll out a new version to fix the problems.

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iPhone 4S iOS 6.1.1 untethered jailbreak status using the evasi0n tool

As every new iOS version historically may also alter the system functions that could potentially hinder or prevent a present jailbreak solution from functioning, it was also very natural that iPhone 4S users who had anticipated a working untethered jailbreak would become nervous. If Apple would have fixed the exploited jailbreak bugs, that would mean that users on iPhone 4S phones that had upgraded to iOS 6.1 would have to choose between having a phone that did not work properly or having an untethered jailbreak. Fortunately, it was quickly confirmed by the jailbreak hackers that the jailbreak exploits had not been fixed by Apple. Therefore, an updated evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool was subsequently released and is confirmed to work, just as before, on all iDevices which support and run iOS 6.x.x versions.

A few word of caution for those of that are interested in an untethered jailbreak: It is not recommended to upgrade to iOS 6.1.1 through the over-the-air (OTA) function found in the Settings app on the phone. Instead, make a full upgrade by connecting your device to your computer through iTunes.

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