Stay Away from iOS 6.1, Says Vodafone

“Apple is working on a solution to their software issue,” the carrier says

“If you’ve not already downloaded iOS 6.1 for your iPhone 4S, please hold off for the next version while Apple fixes 3G performance issues,” reads a text message sent out by Vodafone to iPhone customers.

The provider of wireless services carrying iPhones worldwide has released a statement this week advising owners of Apple smartphones to refrain from upgrading to the latest software update.

The reason? Intermittent issues with cellular connectivity on 3G. Vodafone says Apple is aware of the issue and suggests that a fix will be released soon.

“We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4s handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G,” Vodafone said in a statement on its website.

The carrier explained that affected customers “may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet.”

“Apple is working on a solution to their software issue,” the carrier confirmed. “While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4s should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that their problem has been fixed.”

The warning comes a bit too late as millions of customers worldwide have already taken the plunge. Roughly seven million of those have already jailbroken their devices using evasi0n, a hack tool from an emergent team of coders called the “evad3rs.”

New threads on Apple Support Communities discuss the never-ending battery life issue on various iDevice models, including numerous iPhones on iOS 6.1.

However, it is worth pointing out that some customers are actually seeing improved battery life after the update to iOS 6.1.

One user identified as Michael Ginsberg says “I upgraded to iOS 6.1 a few hours ago and I must say that my iPhone 5 (previously running iOS 6.0.2) is getting insane battery life.”

“I have been using my iPhone for almost 45 minutes, standy [sic] for 2 hours and the iPhone is still at 100%. This is just crazy.”

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