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
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
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
quote: thankfully, the update appears to solve many of the performance-related problems.