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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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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.

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