Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM ET
Apple has rolled out a fix for an annoying (and potentially costly) issue affecting some Verizon iPhone 5 owners.
It seems that some folks who happen to use Verizon's service have been experiencing peculiar data connectivity issues. Sometimes their iPhones will rely on cellular data even though they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. This means that they may not always get the fastest data connection possible — assuming that their Wi-Fi speeds are superior to the 4G LTE speeds, of course — and that they're eating away at their monthly data allotments when they don't have to.
The solution for this bug is pretty darn simple though. You just have to follow some instructions issued by Apple.
Just head into the Settings app on your iPhone 5, tap on "General" and select the "About" section. An alert should appear to inform you that your carrier settings have been updated. To complete the process, you'll have to tap "OK" on this alert, hold the sleep/wake button until the "slide to power off" prompt appears. At that point you should just power down your iPhone and then turn it back on.
To confirm that the update worked properly, you can once again open the Settings app, tap on "General" and select "About." You should see "Verizon 13.1" in the "Carrier" section if everything went well.
That's one iPhone 5 issue fixed, several more to go. There's still talk of the device's tendency to chip and scratch and a Maps app which even Apple CEO Tim Cook declared to have fallen short on the company's commitment to "deliver the best experience possible." We'll have to see when and how Apple will address these woes.
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