If you haven’t noticed yet in iTunes, there’s an iOS 6 update on its way (iOS 6.0.2). And once again, Apple (AAPL) has the iOS 6 WiFi problem at the forefront of the release. According to the notification in iTunes, the latest iOS 6 update addresses one thing and one thing only, and I quote:
Fixes a bug that could impact WiFi
I only hope the impact on WiFi is one that is positive instead of setting iOS 6 users back even further.
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve covered the iOS 6 WiFi problems in detail. One of the main reasons I stepped back a bit from covering the iOS 6 issues was because of the wide range of problems users where have with WiFi, especially after just upgrading their iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPad 2, and iPad 3 iOS 6. As you may remember, the first gen iPad was left out of the iOS 6 update. It seemed like no two people were experiencing the same problems.
iOS 6 WiFi problems and IPv6 protocol
I’m still 100% convinced the problem with Apple’s iOS 6 WiFi bug is the lack of IPv4 support in the drivers that are loaded in iOS 6. Or the other way to look at it is Apple made iOS 6 WiFi drivers compatible only with IPv6 protocol wireless router. I’ve talked about my views on iOS 6 WiFi and IPv6 vs. IPv4 at length and I still believe now what I believed then. I believe, and in fact it’s been proving, that Apple is forcing iOS 6 wifi connectivity to occur over IPv6 enabled wireless routers, as opposed to the traditional IPv4 wireless routers.
Hopefully by tomorrow morning I’ll have more details on Apple’s latest iOS 6 update, iOS 6.0.2, that’s designed to fix a WiFi bug (notice the singularity of that word) affecting iOS 6 users on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.