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WiFi bug hit devices updated to iOS 6, but it's already fixed

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WiFi bug hit devices updated to iOS 6, but it's already fixed
With a rollout as massive as an iOS update there are bound to be problems, and today was no different. But, unlike the usual culprits of server overload, the bug that came about was one that wasn't something in the iOS software, but it was caused by a mistake at Apple. Apparently, users were finding that after they updated to iOS 6, their devices simply wouldn't connect to WiFi networks. 

Apple hasn't commented on the issue, but some smart users seem to have already figured out a possible explanation of the problem, and the issue has been fixed by Apple. The theory is that since iOS 4, the platform standard is to ping a page on Apple's servers: http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html. If the ping was successful, the WiFi was deemed connected and everything would be fine. If the ping failed, the system assumed you were on a network that required a login and would ask for the credentials. 

Apparently, someone at Apple accidentally deleted that page from the server, so pings were failing all around, and no one could connect to any WiFi. The page has since been restored, and no one is reporting any more issues, so it seems that really was the problem. 

Anyone else having issues with iOS 6? What are your early impressions?

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 20:30 13

1. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


But I though iOS didn't have any bugs

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 20:34 2

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


It did, but not on mine yet :D

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 20:48 2

3. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


*thought
Spell check can only do so much lol

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:58 1

7. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


well technically it doesn't... cause it was fixed :)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:01 5

4. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


iOS 6 is silky smooth for me

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:58

8. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Same!! my iphone 4 is smoother, and I'm actually loving the maps! (so far at least....)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 22:23

9. quakan (Posts: 1176; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I'm getting better battery life too so that's a plus. I love the maps but I hate we don't have the navigation and i'm still dying for siri.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 01:42

11. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


seriously! thats why i really wish there were 1 year upgrades and not 2 hahaha

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:18 2

5. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Someone got fired...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:45

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


3rd tine they had wifi issues

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 23:56

10. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 159; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I like the new update but maps just needs to add a couple of more points of interest.
Also I still need to get used to the new app store.
As I'm messing around I keep seeing the little changes no one talks about. Like the top bars blue color when your in settings or the white keypad on the phone dial pad.
The only think I really dislike is the new music app buttons and volume slider :l

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