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iOS 4.1 update goes live via iTunes

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Wed September 8, 2010

Brings Game Center, crucial bugfixes

As expected, Apple is now deploying iOS 4.1 to iPhones and iPods via iTunes. The firmware incorporates a variety of anticipated changes, such as support for Game Center, Apple's Xbox Live-like gaming service. It also copes with several major glitches, including faulty proximity sensors, slow iPhone 3G performance and trouble with Bluetooth and Nike+iPod connections.

Other features include support for TV show rentals, and two iPhone 4-specific additions in the form of HDR photography and HD video uploads to YouTube and MobileMe. Some previously unannounced upgrades have also been made. Users can now make FaceTime calls directly from the Favorites menu, and take better advantage of AVRCP-enabled Bluetooth devices, for instance through new track skipping support.

The size of the firmware may vary depending on the device, but should be at least 332MB. Supported iPhones include the 3G, 3GS and 4; iPod touches must be second-generation or later. The first iPad version of iOS 4 is only slated to come with v4.2's launch in November.

by MacNN Staff



  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Since I can't update yet (work)

    ...let's hear it, people! What's it like? Does that damn proximity sensor get fixed properly? Has the reception changed any? Is Game Center a worthy addition? Does iFart now sound better on the iPhone 4?

    Inquiring minds want to know!


  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more importantly

    Does it fix the 3G debacle?

  1. que_ball

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jailbreak and unlocks please


    Now before I can upgrade I just need a working jailbreak and unlock for the iphone 3G. (Using on a different carrier than it was originally sold from)

    Really hoping that it fixes the 3G speed issue. It's pretty slow on 4.0.1 though turning off all the spotlight search options helped.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Sep 2010


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    Can't wait till I can use it on my 3Gs and check out game center, but sadly I have to wait so I can unlock it because I AM NOT AN AT&T CUSTOMER!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so far, so

    good, on 3GS.
    Still early though...

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Goes live"

    iOS 4.1 "goes live" a relative term. My download time for an iPod touch update is two hours. I've seen slugs that are faster than that. I suspect Apple's servers are dreadfully swamped.

    iPod Touch, 2-gen users need not download the 4.1 user's manual linked to when you start the download. It's only for third and fourth generation touches. Apple may have sold millions of the 2-gen to us, but they're giving us precious little support. They've not even issued a statement about what 4.1 will mean for us.

    Apple's behavior in this is tilting me very heavily toward the Kindle 3 over the iPad when I go shopping for an ebook reader. It's a better reader. It's much lighter. It has far better battery life. And Amazon isn't leaving it's customers in the lurch like this.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Can't wait till I can use it on my 3Gs and check out game center, but sadly I have to wait so I can unlock it because I AM NOT AN AT&T CUSTOMER!

    But Justin, I thought you loved the iPhone because Apple went with an open network and wireless company that didn't lock it's phone down like those thieving scum at Verizon.

    And yet, here you are, with no support and unable to upgrade, because you had to go off warranty and unlock your phone, then complaining because Apple didn't support their update in this fashion.

  1. jp718

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so far so good on 3G

    Installed today on my 3G iPhone. Seems much more like what I am used in performance. Have not had any slowdowns, freezes, or any of the frequent issues I had before.

    Will have to evaluate over a few days to be sure, as the performance got worse over time before.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My 3G is back!

    Installed and until now is working very nice. Finally I have my iPhone 3G working!

  1. cdlenfert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bluetooth Junkies wanna know

    Does the AVRCP support go to all the devices, even the ole 3G and 2G Touch? I jailbroke and added Music Controls a while back so I've got AVRCP even with pandora and other streaming apps, but I'm still curious.

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