01. 16. 2008
iPhone update can break wifi Internet
I know I was incredibly enthusiastic about the iPhone upgrade to firmware version 1.1.3, just yesterday, minutes after it was made available, but let me be a warning to you- always be cautious about new updates. You'd think I'd learn after upgrading all my computers to Vista, then having to scramble to find old XP disks because Vista just doesn't work. Anyway, both Hoyun and I were terribly excited about the sort-of GPS function in Maps, and I was even startled to find that while I was out at dinner, the iPhone was able to pinpoint my location to the very restaurant I was sitting in. I was so excited and a little scared. Later last night, though, I realized that when I was trying to view some pages on Safari, it was going very slowly, even over my fast wifi connection, and images were never showing up, just getting those broken image icons. At first I thought it was the specific sites I was visiting, but it happened at every site I visited, and then when I turned wifi off, the sites loaded, with images, but just very slowly since the EDGE connection just blows, especially in low signal areas like mine. The wifi signal, even if I'm literally inches from the router, is weak on the iPhone, and I can't connect to iTunes or even get a weather update unless I turn off wireless. Frequently, a site on Safari won't open at all and when they do, it's always without images.
I did research all over last night and this morning, and it seemed at first that no one else was having this problem. I think, actually, a lot of people haven't yet upgraded, or haven't yet noticed that they are having problems over wifi. I finally found a thread on the Apple support forums, and it seems we're not the only ones having troubles. Some people have had success when re-setting their routers, and others believe the problem may be incompatibilities with specific routers, but even people using the Apple Airport have had issues, so it looks like a deeper problem. People who've called tech support have been unable to find a resolution so it looks like if you're having the problem, you're going to have to wait for a patch, a fix, or see what happens if you got to a Genius Bar. If, however, you were having this problem and you've managed to find a fix, please post your resolution, share, and take a much deserved bow.
The update has some nice new features, but without Safari, the iPhone is just another phone. Proceed with caution.