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iOS 6 bugs and camera flash issues fixed with 6.0.1 update

Apple has rolled out its first iOS 6 bug fix update since releasing the mobile OS in September.

Version 6.0.1 is accessible on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and fixes small bugs, including issues with the onscreen keyboard and camera flash.

The update repairs a glitch that prevents iPhone 5 users from installing software updates wirelessly over the air, as well as malfunctions that create horizontal lines across the keyboard and force the camera flash to not go off. Apple has also improved the reliability of the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch while connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks, according to the software update.

Additionally, the fix resolves an occasional cellular network malfunction for some iPhone users, and has consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match. The popular Passcode Lock was patched to stop Passbook pass details from leaking onto the lock screen. Also, the new version fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings.

Users can download the 69.7MB update over the air, directly on their device, through Settings > General > Software Update, or connect to iTunes.

Rumours of the update began last week when reports pointed to Apple testing its iOS 6.0.1 system with several US operators.

The update did not address iOS 6's much-maligned Maps app. User backlash over the app recently prompted Apple to apologise - and fire one of its executives.

The first iOS 5 update came about two months after its release in October 2011, and provided a fix for a battery-draining bug.