Vodafone to iPhone 4S owners: don’t upgrade to iOS 6.1!

Vodafone to iPhone 4S owners: don’t upgrade to iOS 6.1!Our Jan is always preaching that you should wait before embracing updates, just to be on the safe side. “Don’t be a guinea pig,” he’ll whisper in your ear, perhaps while caressing your cheek.

That notion is given credence with the news that Vodafone is telling its iPhone 4S-owning customers not to upgrade to the latest version of iOS, namely iOS 6.1.

Big Red has posted some info over on its forum, and even fired out texts to potentially affected customers.

The text simply reads: "If you've not already downloaded iOS 6.1 for your iPhone 4S, please hold off for the next version while Apple fixes 3G performance issues."

The forum post goes on to explain: “Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet. Apple is working on a solution to their software issue. These connection problems are intermittent.”

Incidentally, we heard that the uptake of iOS 6.1 has been incredibly quick, with an estimated 22% of owners upgrading within 36 hours of release. Somewhat ironically, the changes are barely worth talking about. Support for further LTE carriers? Meh.

Anyone here facing iOS 6.1 connection problems on ye olde iPhone 4S (or indeed any of the iDevices)? Sound off in the comments.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2013 at 16:28

Okay... I chuckled. Happy now?

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzb8eb7IR61r2mytio1_500.gif

Anyway: well played, Vodafone

ctarts  Feb. 11, 2013 at 16:41

I have the 4s and upgraded to iOS 6.1. I have not noticed a connection issue, but my battery life reduced significantly. A fully charged battery now requires a recharge after 8 hours, where it was 2-3 days.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2013 at 19:19

I have the 4s and upgraded to iOS 6.1. I have not noticed a connection issue, but my battery life reduced significantly. A fully charged battery now requires a recharge after 8 hours, where it was 2-3 days.

My better half's iPad actually improved in terms of battery performance after iOS6.1.
And a friend's iPhone 5 that I updated and then jailbreaked for him is apparently as good as before - despite a sh*tload of additional background processes for intelliscreenX etc etc...
But yes, some folks report decreased battery life. Firmware updates are not exactly piffle.
There are so many different ways to set up and use a device like a smartphone; so many apps etc etc...
Also:
What you describe could very well be a network issue. Think about it: your phone may keep trying to get the best 3G signal even if it already has it... etc etc.
But fear not: Apple have rushed iOS6.1.1 - it should be available within days. (but you can kiss jailbreak goodbye, of course)

Tgug  Feb. 15, 2013 at 19:43

Since I updated to 6.1.1 on my 4S, I have noticed a significant reduction in my battery life, I have to charge my phone twice a day to get through my day. Also my sound has ceased to function as well! This is the most frustrated I have ever been with any of my Apple products.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 15, 2013 at 20:06

Since I updated to 6.1.1 on my 4S, I have noticed a significant reduction in my battery life, I have to charge my phone twice a day to get through my day. Also my sound has ceased to function as well! This is the most frustrated I have ever been with any of my Apple products.
How weird... Now, first of all: 6.1.2 is about to be released - so, hopefully this saga will come to an end.
But, wtf? How can the firmware for a couple of networks be so screwy, while many others see no difference or, actually, improvements. Odd. As I mentioned elsewhere: I updated a friend's iPhone 5 to 6.1 and then did the jailbreak and tweaking for his lazy a*s... Zero problems. And battery life seems unchanged, although some of the jailbreak tweaks and utilities I added actually require some extra juice - IntelliscreenX adds a lot of resource hunger to the notification bar, as does Auxo etc etc....

Anyhoo - hope 6.1.2 fixes your problems. In a similar vein, PR1.3 did something screwy with my Nokia N9.

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