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iPhone 4S audio issue most likely won't see a fix with iOS 5.1

As noted by GigaOM, a lot of iPhone 4S and some iPhone 4 users are continuing to experience an issue where they cannot hear anything from the recipient on an outgoing call.

The issue in question is when the iPhone 4S (and according to some reports, the iPhone 4, too) mutes all audio on the caller’s end when placing an outgoing voice call. The person on the other end of the line can hear everything just fine, but on the caller’s end, there’s no ringing sound and no audio from a recipient speaking.

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Apple fixes App Store download issue for iPhone and iPod touch users on iOS 3.1.3

Apple has issued a fix for iOS 3.1.3 App Store download bug. The bug in question removed the 'Download' button altogether when users running the older firmware attempted to acquire apps from the App Store.

Since the App Store is essentially a native wrapper around a web-based interface, Apple is able to update it without having to push out a full version of the whole OS. That can lead to things breaking out of nowhere, but also getting fixed.

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Apple: Pull iPhone Firmware 1.1.1?

There are some reports that some folks are finding that the 1.1.1 firmware update for the iPhone has been pulled from Apple, and that the most recent version of iTunes is now reporting 1.0.2 as the most recent version. And if they haven't, maybe they should.

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iPhone Update Impressions

Well, the first major update is out. It brings some cosmetic changes to the iPhone, and fixes a few glaring issues. The ability to purchase tracks on iTunes is great, and I can see iTunes going a long way with this. For example, if Apple could get radio stations to have some sort of standardized 'now playing' list in exchange for money or shared revenue or something, perhaps one could buy a song that one heard on the radio and liked. That would be a much more dramatic tie-in than say, Starbucks.

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Restoring 1.0.2 Instead of 1.1.1

I have two iPhones, one that I've been keeping "clean and pristine," and that's the iPhone that I use most of the time. I do have another iPhone though, that I have done all manner of hacking and installing apps and the like. If, like me, you have an iPhone that you'd rather keep on version 1.0.2, it's easy to select older versions of the firmware when you restore the iPhone:

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Undocumented Features of 1.1.1



Along with the official changes of yesterday's update, there are some unofficial changes that aren't good enough to make a bullet point on Apple's list. Which is weird, because some of these are huge.

  • You can now select different alerts for incoming messages:
    Settings -> Sounds -> New Text Message -> choice of:
    Tri-Tone (default), Chime, Glass, Horn, Bell, Electronic
  • International keys are available by holding down the letter key.
  • The iPhone mail application supports MP3 and .wav Attachments
  • includes the closed captioning abilities promised
  • enables a debug console for MobileSafari for web developers to find errors on their pages:
    Settings -> Safari -> Developer -> Debug Console [on/off]
  • breaks every 3rd party jailbreak -- the iPhoneDevWiki team will have to reverse-engineer the iPhone all over again
  • since the iPhone can't be jailbroken, there is no way to get 3rd party ringtones on the iPhone.

And just for the sake of posterity, after the break there's a readable version of Apple's list of official changes.

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Dev Team Statement

The iPhone Dev Team, the same folks that have set the stage for 3rd party applications and more recently, the free iPhone unlock methods, released a statement via Erica Sadun of TUAW about Apple's positioning on the iPhone unlock and the possible bricking of iPhones. Their statement is to wait to install the patch if you've unlocked your iPhone; if you really need the update, they have a tool in the works that will restore your iPhone to its factory condition. The 'restore-to-factory-condition' tool would be useful for anyone that wanted to sell their iPhone and be assured that there's no personal information on the iPhone. The text of their statement is reproduced below:

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