Apple's iOS 6.11 networking failures continue

Apple's iOS 6.11 networking failures continue

Summary: While Apple's iOS 6.11's 3G problem has been fixed, and there are workarounds for the Exchange problem, other headaches -- such as an inability to make Wi-Fi connections -- persist. And the iPhone's security remains utterly compromised.

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OK, so here's the good news. When Apple released iOS 6.11 last week it did fix the problem some European phone users were having with 3G connections. The bad news is that iOS's other network-related problems persist.

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Apple's iOS 6.11 is still loaded with serious network and security problems. (Credit: ZDNet)

To start with the least bad news, iOS 6.1x-powered iPhones and iPads can still give some Microsoft Exchange servers fits. Left unattended, this will cause servers to slow to a crawl -- with Apple devices unable to get mail or update their calendars.

According to Microsoft, the first thing an Apple user should try is to stop using Exchange to update their calenders. If that doesn't work, Microsoft suggests that users work with their Exchange administrator to uninstall and re-install their Exchange account. If that doesn't help, Exchange sysops are encouraged to first throttle iPhone and iPad users' access to Exchange and, as a last resort, to block iOS 6.1 users from Exchange.

As for the continuing trouble with iPhones and iPads with iOS 6.1x and Wi-Fi, things have not gotten any better. The Apple discussion forums still have messages such as "Since I updated my iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1.1 my iPhone isn't able to find any Wi-Fi network at all. I already experienced some troubles with Wi-Fi connection disconnect every few minutes, but now I really got a problem." As before, this problem seems to show up mostly on iPhone 4 models.

Last, and most damaging, the iOS 6.1x lock-screen security snafu is still with us. With this problem, anyone who knows the trick can bypass your iOS 6.1-powered iPhone password and gain complete access and total control of your iPhone.

Apple promises us that they'll fix the lock-screen security screw-up as soon as possible, and the Exchange problem is also high on their "fix it now" list. As for Wi-Fi, who knows? These last problems have been hanging around for months now.

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  • Hmm

    That's funny, my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 work great without any networking issues at all!

    I guess those Apple people are so much better off with their high class junk huh?
    slickjim
    • so does my "broken" iPhone 4S

      Never ever had 3G problems and I live in Europe and travel a lot between countries, including UK and Austria in whose networks the "bug" supposedly lives.

      Some networks are just implemented poorly, some are plain buggy and the operator will of course stick to any excuse they come to.

      Wifi problems... Same story. Even more wifi gear is broken and no standards compliant! People forget all those units that shipped with per-standards or "draft" implementation and most of these never got a firmware update or their owners never ever bothered to update the firmware. Nevertheless, I have yet to see an iPhone that refuses to connect to wifi.

      Not that Apple's software is perfect, but all this is red herring.
      danbi
      • Talk about being in denial.

        I use an iPad 3 as my tablet and a Nexus 4 as my smartphone, so I use the latest and greatest from both Google and Apple and trust me Apple is just as likely to have bugs as my nexus 4.

        The network administrator of my company, even sent out a notice for users not to upgrade to the newest iOS build if they hadn't already, because it was causing exchange problems. and I have the latest release of iOS on my tablet and I can say, wifi disconnects more often. You can't blame the existing wifi gear when it's firmware hasn't changed, and in my case is not even a draft device, when the apple software was the only thing that changed.
        The lockscreen, well that can be easily demonstrated to anyone.

        Apple is not perfect you said so yourself, so that naturally means that it does have bugs and the things listed are bugs, that affect a certain proportion of users, just because you haven't experienced them, doesn't mean they don't exist. Get your head out of the Apple distortion field.
        movielover76
  • Apple

    That's ok, Apple is compensating the victims with a complimentary Carnival cruise !
    SunFire23
  • Unlock bypass offers complete access?????

    "anyone who knows the trick can bypass your iOS 6.1-powered iPhone password and gain COMPLETE access and TOTAL control of your iPhone"

    This is incorrect. Only minimal functionality is available and encrypted data (email etc) is not accessible.

    It's not ideal but it's nowhere near as bad as you make it out to be...
    MobilityPro
  • MS Exchange Server Crashes from my iPhone 5?

    Why hasn't Apple or MS offered to fix this issue? I am surprised that you can't back track the update. Apparently I forgot to update my iOS only to be notified by my colleagues that accepting Outlook invites would crash the exchange servers.

    I hope this issue is going to be rectified soon. :(
    mobilecasedirect
    • someone misled you

      You are not crashing anyone's Exchange servers.

      What happens is, there is a design bug in Exchange that when an error message happens, it is logged in the server logs over and over again - until the disk where the logs are (typical - the boot disk) is full and the entire server stops.
      Unfortunately for the affected versions of Exchange Microsoft has provided no fix to not log the same message repeatedly. Something, which any saneprogrammerknow how to do - for example,in the UNIXs syslog system, after the first few records of the same message, only entries like "the last message was logged xyz times".

      It escapes me why Microsoft has not designed their logging properly and why they are blaming Applefor their own errors.

      Apple on the other hand have apparently identified what causes the Exchange servers to go mad and are preparing a workaround.

      Too much noise for nothing.
      danbi
      • Nonsense

        If you don't know what you are talking about, don't open your mouth applies here. Full of wrong.
        JohnACook
        • Actually Exchange is a part of the problem

          Its logging mechanism has been creating massive amounts of transaction log files, on the order of 60+ Gb, due to looping conditions, and Exchange doesn't really have the tools to deal with this (surprise, surprise.)

          Still, though, the bulk of the blame has to go on Apple -- Exchange access is very important to business customers, to say the least, and this should have been thoroughly checked since iOS has caused other email server problems in the past. I've seen Activesync issues with Android phones (most notably the Verizon 'Droid series) and I've read of even Samsung's Galaxy S3 having bugs with it, so smooth Exchange access has been a good selling point for Apple. After this, though, especially IT admins had to resort to blocking iOS 6.1x access.....
          JustCallMeBC
  • IOS Collapsing Under Its Own Complexity?

    I wonder what stone-age developer tools Apple is equipping its own engineers with, that they are making such a hash of things? Google can develop the much more sophisticated Android OS, and manage two major stable releases a year, while Apple struggles to bring one out without it falling over.

    Oh, wait, Android is Open Source, built on large numbers of Open Source pieces provided by other parties (the Linux kernel, GCC, OpenJDK, Apache Harmony, Bluez et al), while Apple must develop all the code from scratch itself. Maybe that has something to do with the relative quality of their OS development efforts...
    ldo17
    • Riiight

      Reread what you just posted and hopefully
      you'll see what a laughable, myopic, fandroid tool sounds like
      JohnACook
    • The iHate is strong with this one

      Funny thing about Android - 90% of the devices do not get updated and most certainly not 2yr+ old devices. By contrast the iPhone 3GS (a 4 year old device) is capable of running iOS 6 Apple's latest OS.

      And speaking of the Linux kernel - did you know that it ranks in the top 5 as far as distinct vulnerabilities. Just the kernel. iOS falls well below that - around spot #20.

      You were saying?
      athynz
      • Re: 90% of the devices do not get updated

        And yet about 25% of the installed base is already up to ICS or later. How do you explain that?
        ldo17
    • @Ido17

      A link to back up my claims in the post above. So again, you were saying?

      http://www.cvedetails.com/top-50-products.php?year=2012
      athynz
  • Need to get off the arses to prevent negative rumours like ..........

    like Apple degrades their older kit.

    Obviously the 4 gets less attention so people might start thinking it Hari Kari to accept Apple upgrades of anything past its sell by date.
    albionstreet
  • I take that back

    your wifi link is a single posting with no comments. As my comment was aimed there it is clearly wrong!
    albionstreet
  • rethink

    Maybe some of the companies trading in Blackberry for ios will wake up & rethink they're stupid decision
    gordongr
    • Nope

      Well, as BB now uses EAS, the same issues
      can happen and likely will
      JohnACook
  • There's the thing with the password hack

    One has to have physical possession of the device in order to hack into it - and there is NO phone that is unhackable.

    Oh and I've had no issues with my "broken" iPhone 4S running iOS 6x... nor has anyone I know with an iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, or 5 with iOS 6x.
    athynz