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  • GameCenter, Proximity Sensor Fix in iOS 4.1

    Reports from users of the iOS 4.1 beta indicate that the new version will include support for GameCenter, Apple's new social gaming platform, as well as fixes for problems with Bluetooth and the proximity sensor bug. Though not documented in the beta release notes, AppleInsider is claiming that the proximity sensor behavior is much improved, with fewer incidences of the screen being activated during calls.

    According to the post by AppleInsider's Neil Hughes, there are stilll bugs in the beta 3 seed that will need to be fixed before the update can be released. However, the source Hughes talked to, who claims to have experience with the iOS 4.1 beta, say that “the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4 is far more reliable." There are also, according to this source, undocumented fixes for issues that users have had with Bluetooth connectivity.

    Probably the most significant new feature is Game Center, which is Apple's equivalent of the Xbox Live or Sony Playstation Network for iOS devices. Accounts in Game Center are created with your Apple ID, and like other social gaming platforms allows you to play online with friends and track your achievements. The Game Kit framework API provided by Apple allows devs to build Game Center support into their games, with includes features like leaderboards for scoresand player-versus-player matchmaking so that users can compete in online games one to one or in a group.

    Other changes that are being tipped by AppleInsider's source include the ability to turn spelling autocorrection off (finally!) and camera controls that move with the display when the device is rotated from portrait to landscape position. The iOS 4.1 update is expected in September.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GameCenter, Proximity Sensor Fix in iOS 4.1 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Who cares if game centre is in 4.1 beta? it's in 4.0 beta too
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Who cares if game centre is in 4.1 beta? it's in 4.0 beta too

      @westerman is really excited about it....there'll be many more like him
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      yay finally no more bluetooth issues!!! yay!!!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Who cares if game centre is in 4.1 beta? it's in 4.0 beta too

      its game center not game centre no wonder your not excited you need to reread it. Its exciting lol
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      with fewer incidences of the screen being activated during calls.
      What do they mean fewer? It should be ZERO. I never had any issues with the proximity sensor in my 2G, 3G, or 3GS, and I don't want any on my iPhone 4. Fewer isn't good enough.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      ^ +1...totally agree!
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Interested in a prox fix, but not at the cost of my jailbreak. As for game center, I guess it'd be cool. Idk, if I'm gonna play online, I'm gonna jump on the box and beast on some MW2. My iGaming is pretty much limited to waits at the dentist's office and stuff like that. I don't ever sit down for a game sesh on my iPhone, but many will and I can see where there's room for coolness there....
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      i'm probably going to consider loosing my jb for a few weeks just to get bluetooth working properly
    1. ShadowKnight27's Avatar
      ShadowKnight27 -
      What is this gamecenter of wich jew speak!?!?!?!?!!!1


      You kno, text free does that, funny message lol
    1. hnic247's Avatar
      hnic247 -
      I jus want my sensor fixed..I'm always putting it on mute & speaker..it's pretty annoying
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Not fussed about gamecenter, just get the bluetooth fixed
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yes, Please fix the bluetooth issue already
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I don't even have a game on my iPhone. Game center is gonna be useless for me. But I'm looking forward for all the bugs fix.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihaveabu View Post
      yay finally no more bluetooth issues!!! yay!!!
      Whoah there! While "issues", plural, is correct, note that the article did not say the same thing. It very well may only address one or the other.

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Yes, Please fix the bluetooth issue already
      "The" issue? There are at least two. Muffled audio is usually caused by the switching to Bluetooth after the call is established. I believe that the noise canceling mic remains active when it is only supposed to activate during handset calls. The other is a signal issue that sometimes manifests as EXTREMELY limited range, garbled audio ("robot voice"), or disconnecting/reconnecting (yes, triggering the muffled audio issue).

      My brother and I have been through four units and all four exhibit ALL of these problems with the same Bluetooth accessories which worked fine on our 3GS and 3G iPhones. Apple refuses to replace them again. I hate the vague wording of this because it fails to acknowledge multiple BT issues and even words the face sensor fix in a way that indicates more of a work-around than a fix (for example, using the accelerometers/gyro after the screen cuts off and setting a much longer "wake up" time if the IR sensor stops sensing a face and the accelerometers don't detect the proper movements).
    1. scooby4's Avatar
      scooby4 -
      Hmmm...I'm not sure if gamecenter will be cool but I look forward to it, on another note whats with the word police here
    1. numanair's Avatar
      numanair -
      Lol at CZroe "face sensor"
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      no doubt it'll released when they announce the iPod Touch 4th Gen, it was the same deal with the other x.1 firmwares.
    1. Nielsenius's Avatar
      Nielsenius -
      If the dev team is prepared then they already have a 4.1 jailbreak in progress. I wouldn't be surprised if 4.1 is jailbroken a day after it's release. That being said, I'm looking forward to this update.
    1. cedwards0823's Avatar
      cedwards0823 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scooby4 View Post
      Hmmm... on another note whats with the word police here
      *sirens* grammar police in route!
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      btw can anyone get me a copy of the latest release of Game Center.app?