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Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 to fix Wi-Fi issue

New software update to some of Apple's iOS devices promises to fix a bug that affected Wi-Fi.


Apple today released another minor update to iOS 6 that promises to fix a Wi-Fi issue affecting its newest devices.

The software, which went out this morning to the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, says simply that it "fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi." No additional features or security fixes are part of the update, according to the company's release notes.

The update comes just a day after Apple gave developers a fourth beta of iOS 6.1. That software, which is expected by the end of the year, or shortly thereafter, brings new boarding pass behavior in Apple's Passbook software, tweaks to Safari, reworked music playback controls from the lock screen, ticket purchases through Fandango in Siri, and a back-end change in Apple's mapping software.

Apple did not include specifics on which Wi-Fi issue the update addressed. Users have complained about a number of things, from poor reception to dropped connections.

To install the update it appears that users must currently go through Apple's iTunes software. Users report, and CNET has confirmed, that attempting to receive the update through iOS' built-in updating tool results in an error message that says the device is unable to check for any updates.

Apple's last update to iOS 6 was iOS 6.0.1 on November 1. That software fixed a handful of bugs, including one that kept iPhone 5 users from installing over-the-air software updates. It also fixed an issue with lines appearing on the software keyboard, and a bug that deleted meetings from calendars when accepting an invitation.