September 2, 2010

Apple to roll out iOS 4.1 fix for iPhone 4 proximity bug

by Darren Allan

Apple is preparing to push out an update to iOS that will fix the issue with the proximity sensor which has plagued some iPhone 4 users.

The bug occurs when you’re making calls with the handset up to your ear, and the proximity sensor goes slightly haywire, causing the activation of certain features such as muting the call, or indeed hanging up.

Which as you can imagine, is pretty irritating. Between this and Antennagate, the iPhone 4 really doesn’t seem to have had the most thorough quality assurance process prior to its launch.

The good news for folks who have been faced with this nastiness is that it will definitely be dealt with in the next software update – despite recent speculation that Apple wasn’t going to include this fix.

The update should be available in the next week or so, and will also include other fixes such as a remedy for bluetooth bugbears. Other bits and pieces will be introduced too, for example a new gaming network service, for those who can’t get enough of their mobile gaming.

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