Apple has a knack for supporting one-generation-old devices, mainly because they focus more on the end user-experience rather than forcing people to go for new hardware, which by the way is, not entirely true. Sticking true to their laurels, Apple has – moments ago – silently pushed out a small update for the GSM version of iPhone 4 only.
Dubbed as iOS 5.1.1 (9B208), it’s a mystery update. At this point, we can’t confirm what the said update even does, and currently there’s no changelog for it as well, but we’re doing our behind-the-scenes hunt here, don’t worry about that.
Interestingly, it’s not the first time Apple has pushed out an update like this, if you can recall, back in December of 2011, Apple pulled off a familiar feat by releasing iOS 5.0.1 (9A406) for the iPhone 4S. Although that update was pushed out to fix an issue where the user was confronted with a "No SIM Installed" / "Invalid SIM" error, and iOS 5.0.1 9A406 squashed it for good.
But, as of now, we haven’t faced, or heard from any iPhone 4 (GSM) user who might be facing a similar issue, or any sort of GSM-related bug, so we’re guessing that Apple pushed out this update to squash a minor bug to keep the users on the safe side. But it’s our wildest guess at this time.
The update is attainable via the usual medium of connecting your iPhone 4 to your PC and Mac, firing up iTunes and hitting the update button. But again, as the title of this post suggests, the update is strictly meant for GSM iPhone 4 users only. The second option is; to directly download the firmware file from Apple’s servers – link at the end of this post – and doing a manual restore using iTunes.
If you’re a jailbreaker or an unlocker, we highly recommend that you do not force this update onto your iPhone 4 in any case. Considering that the untethered jailbreak 5.1.1 was finally unleashed to the world earlier today, the support for this iteration of iOS 5.1.1 is unknown at this point in time.
So, whatever you do, just hold off from updating until we, or the jailbreak dev teams give you the green light. Till then, you may sit back and forget that iOS 5.1.1 9B208 ever happened.