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The belief that Apple purposely slows down older iPhones with iOS updates is one of the oldest tropes thrown around by Apple critics. They almost universally believe that this is done to bait less sophisticated users into upgrading to newer iPhone models more often than they might otherwise. Considering that Apple typically offers three or four years of iOS updates for any given device, this is about the only straw the haters can grasp at when it comes to Apple and upgrades, especially in comparison to the inconsistent availability of Android updates for many devices.
The latest firmware update for iOS – iOS 4.3.3 – is now available via iTunes, having been released earlier today by Apple.
This update provides fixes for issues with the now-infamous location database on iPad and other iOS devices. Here are the specific changes it brings:
The update contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database including:
– Reduces the size of the cache
– No longer backs the cache up to iTunes
– Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.
I applied the update earlier today and so far I don’t see any hidden new features or issues – but it’s only been a couple of hours.
Just as the fine folks at BGR predicted, we’ve got a brand new iOS update this week. iOS 4.3.2 was released today and is available now for your updating pleasure. Fixes and improvements in this update include:
Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
Contains the latest security updates
I haven’t had a chance to install the update yet, will do later today. If you’ve installed it, let us know any differences you notice in the comments.
iOS 4.3.1 – the latest update to the operating system used by the iPad, the iPhone, and iPod Touch – was released by Apple yesterday. It contains a small number of bug fixes, as you can see in the screenshot above, and no big new features.
Some users – for example those mentioned here – are reporting better battery life since applying the update, including some iPad 2 users and users who were seeing poor battery performance under iOS 4.3.
I’ve only just installed the update an hour or so ago, and I have not had any battery issues with any of my devices on 4.3 – so I won’t likely have much to report on that issue, unless the new update causes any battery problems for me.
How about you guys? Have you applied the 4.3.1 update yet? If so, are you seeing any notable difference in battery performance?