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Vodafone tells iPhone 4S users to delay iOS 6.1 update

UK mobile carrier Vodafone has warned iPhone 4S users not to install the new iOS 6.1 iteration of Apple’s software, after reports it has been damaging 3G performance on the handset.

The Cupertino firm is currently ironing out bugs within the OS which has caused difficulties with texting, making and receiving calls, and using data for Vodafone users.

“We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4S handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G,” reads an online statement from the operator.

“Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet. Apple is working on a solution to their software issue. These connection problems are intermittent.

While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4s should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that their problem has been fixed.”

Apple could certainly do without the negative publicity for its refreshed OS given the criticism and ridicule that met the original iOS 6 launch, which arrived with a number of flaws – particularly in Apple’s new Maps application. CEO Tim Cook even issued an apology for the poor quality of the service.