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iOS 6 produces Wi-Fi, other glitches, fixes SMS exploit

updated 12:56 pm EDT, Thu September 20, 2012

Wi-Fi issue already solved on Apple's end

Early users of iOS 6 have been encountering significant bugs, reports say. Initially, for instance, people complained that they were having Wi-Fi connectivity issues, triggering "page not found" errors in Safari and elsewhere. The glitch appears to have been linked to iOS 6's network verification technique, involving a webpage hosted by Apple, used to test Wi-Fi connectivity. The page appears to have gone down yesterday, but is now back up and working.

More serious problems have been encountered with the App Store. Some people, including at MacNN, have had trouble getting apps to update, and they may even stall partway through a download. In other cases people have been unable to view Passbook-connected apps when loading them through Passbook itself. A workaround involves going to the Date and Time section under Settings, disabling automatic time, and then setting the year ahead by one before trying to update again. If that doesn't work, turning automatic time back on may fix the problem.

Apple meanwhile appears to have solved an SMS exploit in iOS. The firmware supports optional features in SMS' User Data Header, including a "reply to" address; in iOS 5, a hacker was able to send texts to iPhones using any reply number they wanted. iOS 6 closes this hole.

by MacNN Staff



  1. PJL500

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    Joined: 06-18-11

    Dragging a file out of a folder caused the iOS6 4S to reboot!

  1. DaJoNel

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    Joined: 08-14-10

    For anyone still having issues with wifi, resetting network settings on the iPhone fixes the problem.

  1. davidlfoster

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    Joined: 12-06-05

    The App store app is unstable and unreliable in iOS 6 on both my iPhone 4S AND iPad 3. Tapping on 'Purchased' results in "loading" for several minutes followed by a crash to the springboard. Restarting and resetting fail to rectify the issue. Several downloads have stalled mid-course for no apparent reason. And what the #$#@ happened to Categories? I now rely on third party apps to browse for recently released and updated apps. You would think that Apple's OWN apps would be compatible with their new iOS system. :

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