Apple Ships iOS 4.1, Fixes FaceTime Flub

As promised, Apple has gone and released its iOS 4.1 software update, giving iPhone and iPod touch users plenty of reason to celebrate. And what about iPad owners? Let's not go there. For owners of the previously two mentioned products, however, iOS 4.1 shuffles a slew of updates and improvements into your device.

Among the fixes, the several hundred megabyte download patches up a FaceTime flaw that could allow others to wreak havoc on FaceTime calls.

"An issue in the handling of invalid certificates may allow an attacker in a privileged network position to redirect FaceTime calls," Apple said. "This issue is addressed through improved handing of certificates."

Several other improvements abound, including:
  • A bunch of tweaks to the Game Center (like the ability to send and receive friend requests, view Leaderboards and Achievements, and more)
  • High dynamic range (HDR) photos on iPhone 4
  • Support for TV show rentals in iTunes
  • Ability to upload HD videos to YouTube and MobileMe over Wi-Fi on iPhone 4
  • Additional support for AVRCP-supported accessories
  • FaceTime calling directly from Favorites
  • Several bug fixes
The update is available now for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch 2nd generation units or later.