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Apple iOS 5.1.1 available, but do you want it?

It's all well and good giving a shout out to a new software update that will touch the lives of millions, but how certain can we be that our lives will actually improve after the time-consuming effort of updating an iPad or sumsuch?  KitGuru optimistically plugs an iPad 3 into a USB 3 port, hoping that things might go quicker.

While the iPad 2 seemed as solid as a rock from the day it arrived, we have to say that there have been times with the iPad 3 when ‘your window just disappears'. You're doing something one second and the next, it's gone.

Microsoft users roll with these punches – it takes more than randomly ending browser windows before we get psyched. That said, once you do lock yourself into the locked down world of the Apple-ites, you sort of expect things to work.

Cue Apple iOS 5.1.1

According to Apple's own site, users have been suffering from a number of afflictions, including (but not limited to) the following (with solutions):-

  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase' alert could be displayed after successful purchase

The update takes a while, so it's nice to get the ‘things seem OK' message at the end.

The main security issues fixed with Safari/WebKit are described as follows:-

Available for: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation) and later, iPad, iPad 2
Impact: A maliciously crafted website may be able to spoof the address in the location bar
Description: A URL spoofing issue existed in Safari. This could be used in a malicious web site to direct the user to a spoofed site that visually appeared to be a legitimate domain. This issue is addressed through improved URL handling. This issue does not affect OS X systems.

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to a cross-site scripting attack
Description: Multiple cross-site scripting issues existed in WebKit.
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory corruption issue existed in WebKit.

Being protected from all of these evils is certainly a good thing. What's less good is the speed with which ‘issues' with iOS 5.1.1. are posted – almost as soon as anyone has had a chance to install the update.

One quick glance through Google and the most common seem to centre on things like synchronisation and battery life.

You'd need to research the issues for yourself to assess their veracity, but the idea of Apple being 100% stable is just not true - so we would recommend that you do a little research and a lot of backing up before you press 'go'

KitGuru says: While the benefits almost always outweigh the problems, it's still worrying that with Apple's ‘100% lock down' approach to hardware/software/OS, these issues can still exist and in such a plentiful fashion.

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