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Fanbois rushing to install iOS 6 on their iThings have been frustrated by the absence of a web page the devices need to visit when reconnecting to networks after the upgrade.

The upgrade process itself appears to be smooth, but once an upgraded iDevice attempts to connect to a network it seeks out a web page on Apple.com. That web page, it seems, wasn't there at the time upgrades became possible. Users therefore saw Apple's 404 page and iDevices decided there was no network available and gave up on their efforts to connect to the rest of the world.

Apple has since restored the page in question and network connections now proceed without incident.

The fruity company's support forums are full of complaints about the issue. The thread “iOS 6 WiFi Disabled” has generated 62 pages worth of complaints and commentaries, and racked up over 17,000 views and generated over 400 comments.

One of those comments offers the following bizzarre fix:

"This sound like madness but if you put you iphone (power off and covered with towel) in freezer for 5 minutes, WI-FI become working properly."

Your correspondent will leave it to someone else to test those instructions. ®

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