Apple just released a new version of iOS. What new goodies await inside the 400-megabyte package? Not much, as far as this writer can tell. Apple iOS v4.2.6 squashes a bug in the Personal Hotspot feature included with the freshly released Verizon iPhone. And that’s about it, according Apple’s infamously illustrative release notes.
The “What’s new” section for iOS v4.2.6 says, in its entirety, “Fixes a bug to ensure Personal Hotspot data usage is accurately reported (for Verizon iPhones),” according to MacUpdate.
Personal Hotspot is at present a Verizon-only feature, so users of the AT&T iPhone or iPod touch may treat this package like the knitted sweater from grandma: put it on out of a sense of obligation, then promptly forget about it.
Verizon’s Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi tethering plan allows customers to share 2GB of tethered data to up to five Wi-Fi devices for an extra $20 a month. Considering that each additional gigabyte adds another $20 to the tally, Verizon Personal Hotspot customers would profit from installing the update to ensure accurate billing for wireless data usage. PCMag.com has also posted tips for getting the most out of the Personal Hotspot.
Verizon customers awaiting release from the much-publicized “Death Grip,” will have to keep holding. And AT&T customers awaiting their own Personal Hotpot will have to stay out in the cold a little bit longer—though AT&T has responded to the Verizon launch by adding 2GB of data to tethering plans for free.
The bug-centric update leaves plenty of rumored upgrades in the pipeline for iOS v4.3. Word is that the next major release may bring enhanced FaceTime, iLife inclusion or even a social network built around media streaming.
For now, customers can squash some bugs with iOS v.4.2.6, available for immediate download to the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G or iPod Touch 3G or 2G.