iOS 6.0.1 to Fix iPhone Data Usage?


Among the reported bug fixes in iOS 6.0.1:

  • Improved Wi-Fi support
  • Camera flash sometimes not going off when photos are taken
  • Fix for horizontal lines appearing on the keyboard
  • A bug with Microsoft Exchanges meetings getting cancelled
  • A bug affecting cellular data, and cellular data used with iTunes Match
  • A Passbook security via the lockscreen issue

Could this be the fix we've been waiting for? I'm also hoping for drastically reduced iTunes Match cellular usage.

Purple Haze

Apple has responded to the purple flare issue with the iPhone 5 camera:

Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.

In my experience, you have to try pretty hard to get a purple flare. I hadn't noticed it until I took a few shots of the sun yesterday.

Only in the middle shot do you clearly see a purple spot. Despite all the hoopla, I'm not the least bit concerned about this. And contrary to speculation, this is not caused by the sapphire lens cover, as the same issue has been reported in other camers, including the iPhone 4S.

Via The Loop

A Brief Update on the iCloud Bug

The other day, I posted a video demonstrating slow, but steady data usage as long as iCloud is enabled in iOS 6.

I've since received several indepedent confirmations by readers, along with many lovely thank you's from people affected by this problem. Unfortunately, despite yelling from the rooftops, the story hasn't gotten much mainstream attention.

However, I did receive a call from a Verizon representative. I was told that it's been passed along to the appropriate department, but that it isn't really Verizon's problem. I responded that while it may be Apple's bug, something that could clog up their network indeed is Verizon's problem.

Also, I asked about forgiveness for customers who exceeded their caps due to the Wi-Fi bug. I was told that they would be credited automatically, and shouldn't have to contact customer service. Hopefully that will be the case.

I'm giving it rest for now. I've contacted the highest ranks at Apple, along with evey tech journalist who will listen. At this point, there's not much else I can do. Hopefully, the bug will be fixed sooner than later.

Apple Tightens Lightning Adapter Rules


According to the sources, only Apple-approved manufacturing facilities will be allowed to produce Lightning connector accessories, even including third-party accessories. Moreover, Apple hasn’t approved any factories yet, which the sources say will limit the number of Lightning accessories available in the near future.

Seeing that Apple can't make Lightning cables fast enough, you'd think they'd want all the help they could get.

Another Cause of iPhone 5 Excessive Data Usage

While Verizon and Apple might have fixed the problem causing the iPhone 5 to use cellular data over Wi-Fi, today I discovered another bug that's even worse.

After noticing my data usage steadily ticking up all morning by about 2 KB a second, even after my Friday reset, I began turning off settings and deleting apps to get to the root of it.

Even though I had turned off all iCloud features, such as iMessage, iTunes Match, and Contact sync, along with any other setting that could be using data, it wasn't until I deleted my iCloud account from my iPhone that the usage stopped.

If you're still noticing excessive data usage on your iPhone, try disabling iCloud entirely. Open the Settings app, open iCloud settings, then scroll down and press the big red "Delete Account" button. This should only delete iCloud data from your phone and not the servers, but your mileage may vary.

This is a major bug, and Apple needs to fix it post haste. iPhone 5 users shouldn't be held liable for overages that were caused by a software glitch.

I have taken a video to demonstrate the issue. I will post it as soon as possible.

Verizon to Forgive Overages Caused by iPhone 5 Bug

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop:

“Under certain circumstances, iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network,” Verizon said in a statement provided to The Loop. “Apple has a fix that is being delivered to Verizon customers right on their iPhone 5. Verizon Wireless customers will not be charged for any unwarranted cellular data usage.”

No word on how that will be handled.

Verizon Updates the iPhone 5 to Address Cellular Data Use on Wi-Fi


This carrier settings update resolves an issue in which, under certain circumstances, iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Since this is a carrier-specific update, I'm guessing Verizon is at fault here. They should forgive first-month overages for all iPhone 5 early adopters.

Via 9to5 Mac

On the Availability of the Lightning to USB Cable

Apple's website currently shows a 2 week backorder. I went to the Apple Store in Green Hills yesterday, and they were wiped out. While an employee was checking the back room for me, 2 more customers walked up to ask him about the cable.

I need a second cable. What if I leave mine at home in the morning? What if I lose it? What if the dog eats it?

I didn't complain when Apple changed the dock adapter. 10 years had been long enough. I didn't complain when they invented another proprietary adapter, as it has several advantages over micro USB, like fast charging and reversibility.

But if Apple is going to make the iPhone dependent on a single proprietary cable, they need to be able to produce that cable. It's rubber, wire, and little bit of metal and plastic. How hard could it be to make?

In my eyes, this is a much bigger catastrophe than maps. If I get lost, I can download an alternate map app, call someone for directions, or if all else fails, use the built-in compass and my wits. If my phone is dead, I can't do any of that.