We’ve got news for iPhone and iPod Touch users. iOS 4.1 is set to be released on 8th September as per Apple UK website. This major upgrade was officially announced at Apple’s media event that took place couple of days back. In what follows, we will take a look at the changes to be expected in this latest iOS update, and we will be updating the post with download links of iOS 4.1 for all the compatible devices once it is released. This update will bring several bug fixes and small improvements to many iOS devices. For more information, read on after the jump.
iOS 4 was a major upgrade to Apple’s smartphone operating system. Then there was iOS 4.1 to patch the jailbreak exploit in iOS 4, followed by iOS 4.0.2 to patch the PDF exploit that allowed jailbreaking of iOS 4.0.1. With iOS 4.1, Apple is doing more than merely patching jailbreak exploits. While you shouldn’t expect the introduction of major new features, there are significant enhancements to old ones to make it matter. Perhaps the most major big fix is the speed and lag issues on iPhone 3G. Before we get into further details, let’s take a look at a video by Lifehacker that compares performance of iOS 4.0 and iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3G that shows how things have changed.
Now that we have seen it in action, let’s take a look at the things that are changing in iOS 4.1. Several bugs and issues have been fixed, including:
- Slow/Lagging performance of iPhone 3G on iOS 4.x
- Proximity sensor issue
- Bluetooth connectivity problem
In addition, there will be changes to additional features such as:
- Enhanced Game Center
- Feature improvements in iTunes
- HDR –High Dynamic Range Photography support (for selected devices, we are guessing)
- Better mail syncing options
- Enhanced tap-to-focus support in video recording
iOS 4.1 will be available for download and restore through iTunes starting 8th September. The American and international Apple website still shows “coming soon” under “Download iOS 4.1 For iPhone and iPod Touch”. iOS 4.1 Gold Master [GM] Firmware has already been released and is available for download to developers. We will be updating this post with links to download iOS 4.1 for all compatible devices once it is available for the public.
Update: iOS 4.1 is now available for download by everyone from Apple’s website. Here are the links for all compatible devices:
- iOS 4.1 for iPhone 4
- iOS 4.1 for Phone 3GS
- iOS 4.1 for Phone 3G
- iOS 4.1 for Pod touch 4G
- iOS 4.1 for Pod touch 3G
- iOS 4.1 for Pod touch 2G
You will need iTunes 10 to be able to install and sync your device running iOS 4.1 with your computer. You can download iTunes 10 for both Mac and Windows from here.