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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: 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.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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