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iOS 5.1 Gives AT&T iPhones a 4G Indicator

Tony Hannides Mar 7, 2012 1


If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, check your phone to see if you can upgrade to the new iOS 5.1! I was actually able to upgrade within the hour of the release and for my iPad, I see a difference…in the camera. That’s really all the improvements I can see with the naked eye. Other than that, everything else is for the iPhone or iCloud updates.

iOS 5.1 Official Update Log

About iOS 5.1 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

If you noticed, they mention an “updated AT&T network indicator.” This means that AT&T iPhones can now read 4G instead of 3G. I remember back when the iPhone 4S was announced, it was rumored that AT&T was going to have Apple upgrade the indicator. How can they get away with that? AT&T’s HSPA+ network is considered 4G, at least the lower end of 4G. Nevertheless, since AT&T is claiming that network to be a 4G network, Apple agreed to upgrade the icon. However, when compared to true 4GLTE (either on AT&T or Verizon), it’s clearly a MUCH slower 4G speed. I guess in the next iPhone 5 model, the indicator will read 4GLTE like their other Android smartphones have currently.

Via »AppleSupport