Thursday, November 1, 2012

Apple releases its first update to iOS 6, new version fixes laundry list of minor annoyances

Apple released its first update to iOS 6 this afternoon. Version 6.0.1 contains lots of fixes, and no new features (which is common for an update of this kind).

So far at least, none of the developer sites has unearthed anything unusual in the update – though I do find it interesting that this update should be released today, after word came that the long expected iTunes update would be delayed into November. Apple often issues software updates that at first appear minor, but only later look like they were necessary updates to accomodate an update for another piece of software. For instance, iTunes usually gets a minor update just prior to the release of every major new version of iOS and the Mac OS.
As for that iTunes update, it can't come too soon. Of all the Mac software I use, it is the only program that consistently freezes (hangs, is the term Apple likes to use) and needs a force quit.

Back to iOS: users are very much conditioned to download and launch these frequent updates. It is always entertaining to hear new iPhone owners in particular express surprise and actual joy when informed of an update. For users of other smartphones, who rarely if ever update their device's software, the update feels like getting something free. For me, I'm just happy to get to the message seen above-right, and cross my fingers that when the update process is done all will be well.

I can report that this update downloaded and installed in record time.

Here is the list of changes you find in iOS 6.0.1:

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air.
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off.
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances.
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match.
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen.
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings.