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IOS 4.1 fixes proximity sensor issue on iPhone 4

When Apple announced its latest lineup of iPod music players last week, Apple noted that iOS 4.1 would be released within the coming week. Staying true to its word, Apple today released the update which addresses a number of problems afflicting iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G users.

First up, iOS 4.1 fixes the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4. For those unfamiliar with the problem, numerous iPhone 4 users would find themselves muting or ending calls due to the phone's screen turning back on when held up to his or her ear. The proximity sensor issue appears to have been even more widespread that the infamous antenna problem.

A second issue corrected with the iOS 4.1 update for iPhone 4 users includes improved Bluetooth connectivity. Some users were being prematurely disconnected from their Bluetooth headsets due to a conflict with Wi-Fi resources.

Finally, iPhone 3G users will find some relief with speed improvements courtesy of iOS 4.1. AnandTech performed ran benchmarks comparing iOS 4.1 to iOS 4.0.2 and iOS 3.1.3 -- thankfully, the update appears to solve many of the performance-related problems.

IOS 4.1 also brings an number of new features including HDR photo capture (iPhone 4 only), Game Center, HD video uploads via Wi-FI, TV show rentals, AVRCP Bluetooth playback, and Ping support in iTunes.

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By Phynaz on 9/8/2010 1:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
"It just works"

"Apple Sucks"

"Steve Jobs is an idiot"

There, that's out of the way.

RE: Mandatory
By themaster08 on 9/8/2010 1:58:02 PM , Rating: 5
You forgot "You're holding it wrong".

RE: Mandatory
By Yodog on 9/8/2010 2:22:20 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking about to get an iPhone 4 to replace my ancient smartphone, but considering the way that Mr. Jobs deals with Apple's engineering/design issues (hardware and software) I'm convinced that an Android smartphone from Motorola (Droid X) or may be from Samsung (Galaxy S) should be a better option.

RE: Mandatory
By Chaser on 9/8/2010 2:42:28 PM , Rating: 3
Android always is the better option between the two.

RE: Mandatory
By AnalogToDigitalKid on 9/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Mandatory
By supermitsuba on 9/8/2010 3:09:40 PM , Rating: 4
Not that Apple, Microsoft and other tech companies already do that.

RE: Mandatory
By Quadrillity on 9/8/2010 3:09:28 PM , Rating: 3
LOL! So are you claiming that Apple is a safe haven of information? (mandatory GPS hijacks is the most recent foul up from Apple)

RE: Mandatory
By theArchMichael on 9/8/2010 3:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah the other options aren't much better. I love Android, but Google is getting to be a bit of an information Nazi and you can tell they are pushing their "Google Apps" (the paid business version) because that is the only one that allows you to sync Contacts, Calendar items, tasks, etc., etc. with Outlook.
BUT, they integrated a manner for the android mail feature to sync easily with exchange servers. So basically, they are just using Android to create leverage for their cloud computing apps.
This sucks DonkeyD if you ask me. I haven't looked at the calendar and gmail API but I think this cannot be easily accomplished because of the lack of apps that provide full functionality.

RE: Mandatory
By AnalogToDigitalKid on 9/8/2010 4:40:17 PM , Rating: 1
Not saying Apple is great at that either. But, Google is by far the worst. They make it look like they are doing you a favor like transcribing your voice mail for you. Now they know what you are saying and can target ads or other crap at you!

IMO that is insane!

RE: Mandatory
By Sazar on 9/8/2010 7:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
They both collect information. Let's leave it at that.

Regarding iOS4.1, the proximity sensor issue is STILL not fixed.

Steve Jobs claimed it would be fixed with this update, he stated so on his conference/town-hall a month or so ago.

But it's still borked. I don't really care about game-center and the other crap and I think it's high-time AT&T allowed iPhone 4 SUFFERERS (can't call me a user at this point) to switch to an Android. I would switch to the Dell Streak in a heart-beat.

RE: Mandatory
By bfellow on 9/9/2010 9:42:58 AM , Rating: 2
iOS 4.1 has already been jailbroken. Apparently the exploit requires an entire rewrite of the OS to fix it. Wait till iOS 5!

RE: Mandatory
By invidious on 9/8/2010 2:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you care what Jobs says? His press release spin has nothing to do with how Apple actually handles their design issues. Apple is fixing their problems in a timely manner, which is all you can ask for.

If Jobs wants to act like he doesn't make mistakes thats great for him, but it shouldn't factor into your decision making process. He is just saying what he needs to say to keep his cultists happy. Just because the fanboys gobble it up doesn't make the iphone a bad device.

RE: Mandatory
By Quadrillity on 9/8/2010 3:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
No. What I think constitutes the iPhone as being a bad devices is simply this:

Caller: ring...
Me: Hello?
Caller: (unintelligible and muffled speech)
Me: You are talking on an iPhone huh?
Caller: *call dropped

RE: Mandatory
By cubdukat on 9/8/2010 4:01:44 PM , Rating: 2
As long as the iPhone is an AT&T exclusive, I will never, but NEVER, get it.

And I may not even consider it if and when Verizon gets a hold of it. I'll get a Samsung Fascinate first, and a lot of the reviews over the past week are giving me pause about it.

I do, however, have a 64GB 3G iTouch, and I hope this resolves a couple issues with a few apps. There is no reason a simple Craigslist app should cause slowdown. And then there's the entire syncing issue with Intel laptop chipsets...

RE: Mandatory
By Quadrillity on 9/8/2010 4:15:20 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing that throws off your inclination is the fact that they call me on my Samsung Captivate (on At&t).

:D I have great service in my city. Better than the other carriers in fact.

RE: Mandatory
By robinthakur on 9/24/2010 6:04:01 AM , Rating: 2
Well I own an iPhone 4 and with respect, that is not my experience (with the necessary bumper, obviously)

For me it's currently the right device and i'm now happy with it. I, however, am not an iSheep and was tempted to move to Android slightly this year for the first time since 2007, to an HTC Desire. Points in Android's favour for me included:

-Google apps like Goggles, turn by turn navigation, which currently don't appear for iPhone.
-I like the better notification system in the top bar.
-Perceived lack of arrogance in the way Google does business versus Apple and Steve Jobs.

For several reasons though, I didn't:
-The constant churn of new Android hardware coming out is a little annoying, from a customer perspective.
-Slightly lesser build quality (vs Apple) I've owned HTC before with my old Wimo phones and wasn't impressed by their build or their attention to design. The device has to look aesthetically pleasing or I'm simply not carrying it.
-The icons and general look of Android still does not have the polish of iPhone and reminds me of Linux or Nokia a bit too much. The OS appears not to always run at a smooth clip. I really loved the smooth 60fps interface of the first iphone when I first got it. My opinion only, to some this might not be a factor.
-Complex upgrade etiquette on a handset by handset basis, apart from the now obsolete N1. When a new upgrade is released I don't want to have to wait even with the convenience of being able to push out upgrades over the air.
-Not being able to use all my purchased apps for which there is no current equivalent on Android. Also concern over the quality of Apps on Android.

A combination of the above meant that *even despite the antennae issues*, I stuck with the iPhone for one more year because all things considered, it is still the best Smartphone for me now they've fixed the battery life and the outstanding issues like multi-tasking, Copy/paste etc. Next year might be different, we shall see.

Wait a minute...
By quiksilvr on 9/8/2010 1:45:18 PM , Rating: 1
You couldn't stream HD videos via WiFi, couldn't rent TV shows nor AVRCP Bluetooth playback before this update? Are you serious?

RE: Wait a minute...
By bplewis24 on 9/8/2010 2:11:05 PM , Rating: 4
How dare you question what this magical device was unable to do at any given point in time?


RE: Wait a minute...
By supermitsuba on 9/8/2010 2:21:30 PM , Rating: 2
Well you got to ramp up Apple TV right? But in all seriousness, I do not work to watch HD movies off of my phone, unless it is hooked up to a larger TV. Remindes me of playing gameboy back in the day and having sore next from looking down at it so long.

RE: Wait a minute...
By supermitsuba on 9/8/2010 2:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
blah, want*

RE: Wait a minute...
By CZroe on 9/9/2010 1:12:32 AM , Rating: 2
Note: I am not an Apple apologist; I just explain their reasoning.

It refers to uploading HD video over wireless/WiFi. You had to use an app before or transfer to a PC first to avoid it downsampling to web resolutions. It had nothing to do with streaming anything and had more to do with an app that wasn't updated to handle the HD video recordings it was now capable of recording.

As for renting TV shows... just where were you expected to rent them? Hulu+ and Netflix work, but those aren't "rentals," per se (they are streamed). This is really just an update to support the recent iTunes offering. Until now, Apple's iTunes store didn't have rentals for anything... there were no iTunes rentals on any platform (PC, Mac, Apple TV, or iPods) before the recent update, so I'm not sure where you expected the rentals to come from. This is only indirectly related to the iPhone.

As for AVRCP Bluetooth, people keep saying that it didn't have AVRCP, but it did: ONLY Play/Pause/Stop. Next/Previous Track were left out because they didn't want iPod docks to circumvent the dock connector (they get paid a 25% royalty on wholesale for such accessories). Now that iPhones are their bigger market, they probably reprioritized things and figure that gaining the discouraged iPhone sales are now more important. That said, I've enjoyed full AVRCP with NT/PT for some time using a jailbroken app called "Music Controls." Costs money though.

I may be stuck with their product but it doesn't mean I have to live with their limitations.

By chromal on 9/8/2010 3:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
thankfully, the update appears to solve many of the performance-related problems.

If you actually read the anandtech article, you'd see that like iOS 4.0, iOS 4.1 is slower than iPhoneOS 3.1.x on almost every benchmark with the iPhone 3G. Failboat.

RE: What?
By gcor on 9/8/2010 9:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.

I'd love it if 4.1 allowed TomTom to run on my 3G again, but I'm not holding my breath.

Surely Apple should have left sending out this preemptive obsolescing until most of us were off our 2 year contracts?

RE: What?
By Brandon Hill on 9/8/2010 10:16:35 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think there's ever been a major iOS version update that has been faster than the previous version -- i.e. 1.x to 2.x, 2.x to 3.x, 3.x to 4.x.

The performance improvements mentioned in the article (and addressed by Apple for the iPhone 3G) are related to iOS 4.0.2 vs 4.1 which is indeed a vast improvement.

RE: What?
By CZroe on 9/9/2010 7:05:36 AM , Rating: 2
Even then, it seems to be measuring a clean run vs. a clean run. Any moderately used iOS implementation had inexplicable freezes with iOS4.0+ which were not relfected in the comparisons. If the freezes are fixed in 4.1, then that is the major "performance problem" that has been solved.

Also, where was it ever stated that the Bluetooth issues were caused by a "conflict" with WiFi? When the iPhone 3G first added A2DP with iPhone OS 3.0, the first thing I noticed was that I could not stream YouTube or Pandora Radio over WiFi while listening with A2DP. It worked much better on a 3GS, but even then I noticed that the signal strength would drop. The iPhone 4's problems, however, are entirely different. The BT range problem includes disconnects at close proximity and glitchy audio ("robot voice"). The BT muffling problem happens when you switch to BT after establishing the call and is likely due to improper behavior or the noise canceling mic (it should not be active when BT is used). During a call, the disconnecting/reconnecting issue triggeres the muffling issue, but they are distinct. That said, I have seen absolutely no indication that this is related to WiFi in any way and I seemed to be the ONLY person on the Internet complaining about the WiFi vs. A2DP issues before. I use both constantly on my iPhone 4 without issue. My issues start when I make phone calls and I can't effectively use the handset due to the face sensor or Bluetooth due to the other problems.

By hypocrisyforever on 9/9/2010 9:54:44 AM , Rating: 2
My 3g has BASICALLY been bricked since the 4.0 os patch. It made the phone SO SO slow. 4.1 didn't help at all. So now they FINALLY fix it (how many months has it been?), and I'm getting an Evo in literally 5 days as my ATT contract is running out. Good timing apple :-/

RE: hmmm
By Chaser on 9/9/2010 1:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
Some EVO advice from a former iPhone 3G owner.

Its battery life is awful. Moderate 3G daily use and you'll be looking to charge it in 6 hours. If it stays on 4G -if you have it- even idle, and you'll have a dead phone in the same time, easily.

I just bought an extended 3500mah battery and cover for it. I travel a lot and having to nurse a phone every 5 hours doesn't work for me.

iOS 4.0.5...
By Chaser on 9/8/2010 1:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
..was the receptor enhancement upgrade. A highly advanced solution with detailed instructions (translated from chinese) with diagrams, to attach a sophisticated attenuation modifer which perfects antenna performance.

In Apple's relentless pursuit of people friendly consumer devices and processes this upgrade is designed to be performed by the end user and at no additional cost!

By AntDX316 on 9/9/2010 5:28:53 AM , Rating: 2
because the iphone 4 would be too perfect

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