iOS 5.1 turns your iPhone 4S into an iPhone 4G

Jake Smith, Mar 7, 2012

If you’re not worried about your jailbreak, we’re assuming you’ve already installed the iOS 5.1 update that was just released this afternoon. iOS 5.1 adds some great features like Siri support for Japanese users, a new camera app for iPad, and a new camera shortcut.

The new update also adds a 4G indicator to the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S. While it doesn’t truly support 4G, AT&T can call the iPhone 4S a 4G device because it supports HSPA+ networks up to 16 megabits per second…

AT&T is currently the only carrier displaying the 4G indicator. The Verizon and Sprint versions of the iPhone 4S doesn’t include the 4G indicator in the latest 5.1 update.

The iPhone 4S doesn’t include a 4G chip, but AT&T most likely included the 4G indicator for marketing reasons. The new iPad due out March 17th does feature 4G LTE on both AT&T and Verizon’s network, however.

While the 4G indicator is certainly nice, it’s in no way inductive of 4G speeds


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  6. apple is slowly getting lame.. they better get the iphone 5 right or the world will get bored..

  7. how can i get the 4g on my 4s

  8. Has anyone else noticed that iOS 5.1 finally added the “Ñ” on its Spanish keyboard? (Instead of that press-n-hold drag)

  9. I don’t know Jeff, while the 4S can’t produce true LTE speeds speeds I have certainly had download speeds a little over 9mbps. If I can consistently get download speeds between 10 – 15mbps, I can live with that. That’s a whole better compared to the other carrier’s versions.

  10. where can i find that wallpaper?

  11. I wonder if it’s a 4G phone, does that comply with AT&T announcement in regards to a 5GB data throttling if your on an unlimited plan?

  12. I want the 4G icon to show off. Too bad it’s only with AT&T in the US 🙁

  13. Writing uninformed comments in all caps makes you look even more mentally disabled!

  14. Its not a theme, its wallpaper with icon boxes

  15. ABOVE IS NOT RUNNING IOS 5.1…………ITS BEEN THEMED THUS IS JBROKEN…..IT CANT BE JAILBROKEN = FAKE….USE YOUR EYES PPL. 🙁

  16. But honestly………..Where can we find this wallpaper???

  17. Anyone know where I can get that wallpaper?

  18. The difference this actually tells you when you’re on a 4G network, and will switch to 3G when you’re not. And even further if you end up on Edge it will show an E

  19. I can do the same thing with Winterboard, even with my ip4

  20. I think its good to know when you’re on hspa+ and 3G. W out this indicator there is no way to tell

  21. “While the 4G indicator is certainly nice, it’s in no way inductive of 4G speeds”

    Wow! I’m gonna give up my jailbreak so that I can get a 4G sign on my status bar! Of course, it won’t really give me 4G speed. It’s just for show 🙂

  22. apple says it does. it says so in the changelog.

  23. too early to tell, i never had battery probs w/ 5.0.1 tho

  24. Does the Upgrade fix the battery bug? If not I am staying with my Jailbreak!

  25. You do realise that Steve planned the next few generations of products, how they’d look etc… before he passed away right?

  26. Ugh, I hate ATT even more. I feel like Steve would never have gone for this crap

  27. Is the Wifi Hotspot available on the iPad 2 with iOS 5.1? #iphone #ipad