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Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S, addresses cellular problems

Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 but only for the iPhone 4S, at least for now. The update comes amid reports of cellular data issues preventing proper use of the device, originally released in 2011. Apple's release notes include mention of just specifically that:

This update fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S.

The update is available over-the-air (OTA) via Settings > General > Software update, or through iTunes via USB tether.

No word yet on a release of iOS 6.1.1 for other versions of the iPhone, or for the iPod touch or iPad and iPad mini. Apple did issue it in beta form recently, but likely expedited a limited version to fix the iPhone 4S-specific problems as quickly as possible. Whether that means the other versions are coming, or the next beta will be filliped to iOS 6.1.2 and proceed according to their original schedule is unknown.

If you've been experiencing cellular data problems with the iPhone 4S, once you've updated, let us know if they're really, truly fixed.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • And obviously, if you're jailbroken, you'll lose that if you update. So weigh data fix against jailbreak and decide if you can wait.
  • well i might wait on this since it loads verifies then shows apple logo and the progress bar is moving slow as snails pace to install 23 meg file. yikes lets hope it fixes my batt issues.
  • hmm I have never had any data issues with my 4s, not to mention I don't want to lose my JB I wish apple would allow simple tweaks in the App Store. Things like iProtect, or infinifolder (this should be an option in settings) I don't see the reason things like this are left out. No matter how you look at it the bulk of the profits made from these things go to Apple regardless. Then again maybe its just me .....
  • from everything i've read it looks like this is mainly for some european carriers that had connectivity difficulties
  • I actually had to reset my phone and mothers iPhone 5 (both on Sprint). The phones would not initiate a data call at all despite having 5 bars in the indicator.
  • I was going to jailbreak my iphone 4s tonight! can i still do that? can 6.1.1 be jailbroken? I'm assuming it can.
  • NO JB FOR YOU!!!!!!!
  • Comex retweeted this earlier from Planetbeing:
    Apple released 6.1.1 for the 4S only today. The JB still works fine. We will release an updated evasi0n that recognizes it as supported I still haven't JB'd 6.1 yet...
  • I am gonna try it tonight, but not OTA. I have restored twice since 6.1 and I lose signal like CRAZY. More than I did already.
  • yes it works and yes 6.1.1 is jailbreakable evasi0n is updating there hack very soon.
  • It fixed my issue with text messages in 6.1... My phone would vibrate, but I wouldn't get the message for a few more min. Now with 6.1.1 it's fixed. Phone vibrates and text appears and notifies as it should. 4S on AT&T
  • hmmm: (nope, not spamming, this is a legitimate blog).
  • This sucks.. They should have fixed those issues before releasing 6.1, I don't want to lose my jailbreak just for that!.. I haven't had any data problems with my 4S on AT&T (iOS 6.1)
  • I lose signal on my 4s ALL the time so i hope this helps. it simply drops to that "zero" symbol. It's really annoying.
  • Does anyone know if this fixes the background audio bug reported when upgrading from 6.0 to 6.1? I use this feature a lot, so am holding off on upgrading.
  • Hey Rene, ever since I updated my iphone 5 on ATT to 6.1 i have had major issues with data connectivity over LTE. I'll lose it for about 5 min or more at a time. This is for what apps ive used.. safari, maps, and facebook. Facebook crashes constantly now too. Just an FYI