Today, following yesterday’s release of iOS 6.1 beta 4, Apple released iOS 6.0.2: an update that’s strictly for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The release notes for the new firmware state that the update addresses a “a bug that could impact Wi-Fi”.
Due to the fact that the unnamed bug affects Wi-Fi connectivity, some iPhone 5 and iPad mini users may be unable to update to the latest firmware via Apple’s over-the-air update feature. If users do encounter issues while attempting to update, they’ll be required to do so via iTunes.
Although it seems strange that Apple would release a new firmware for only two iOS-based devices so close to the public release of iOS 6.1, thus fragmenting the iOS ecosystem, it’s likely a preemptive measure to ensure that all users can update their devices to 6.1 through iOS’s built-in over-the-air update functionality.
Stay tuned for additional coverage on 6.0.2, iOS 6.1 and future Apple firmwares.