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Briefly: Phil Schiller; iOS 5.0.1 contact bug; $99 iPhone 4S in Puerto Rico

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Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller has received a slight shift in his title at the company, while iOS 5.0.1 appears to have introduced a bug that keeps an iPhone 4S from recognizing contacts. Finally, a wireless carrier in Puerto Rico is selling the iPhone 4S for the low price of $99.99 with a two-year contract.

Phil Schiller

Apple's website introducing its executive team is now reflecting a change in Schiller's title from SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing to SVP of Worldwide Marketing, as first noticed by The Next Web.

Though it's likely that the subtle change doesn't mean much for Schiller, it's also possible that the shift corresponds to an adjustment in Schiller's responsibilities at the company. Schiller has in recent years played a more public role at Apple, especially in relation to Mac OS X.

The Cupertino, Calif., company's executive team is undergoing some restructuring. At the beginning of the month, Apple took down former retail chief Ron Johnson's photo and bio from its website after he left to be the CEO at J.C. Penney. Johnson is reportedly gathering former Apple executives to serve on his new team at the U.S. retailer.



In September, iTunes boss Eddy Cue received a promotion to senior vice president of Internet Software & Services from his previous position as vice president of Internet Services. As part of his new role, Cue will oversee iAds and iCloud in addition to iTunes.

Of course, the biggest personnel change for Apple was the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO in August. Apple has yet to appoint a new chairman of the board since Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in early October.

Contact bug

After wirelessly updating to iOS 5.0.1, Paul Hontz of The Startup Foundry reported that his iPhone 4S on Verizon no longer recognized his contact entries. Though all of his information remained in the contacts app, the device would only show phone numbers when receiving calls or text messages.

According to Hontz, many of his Twitter followers have experienced similar issues. For now, the issue appears isolated to iPhone 4S users on the Verizon network who updated to iOS 5.0.1 over the air.

Some users reported being able to resolve the issue by calling Verizon or disabling and re-enabling iCloud contacts. Hontz was able to fix his incoming calls by calling the carrier's over-the-air programming number, but he has yet to find a fix for his incoming messages.



Apple released iOS 5.0.1 on Thursday to address battery life issues and other bugs in the operating system. The release also marked the first public over-the-air iOS update.

Scattered reports suggest that iOS 5.0.1 did not fix all users' battery issues. Apple indicated on Friday that it is aware of the problems and is continuing to investigate the issue.

Puerto Rico

Wireless operator Claro in Puerto Rico is advertising the 16GB iPhone 4S for just $99 with a two-year contract, a full $100 cheaper than Apple's own price of $199 in the U.S. 32GB and 64GB models sell for $199.99 and $299.99 respectively, though the higher-capacity versions are listed as coming soon.

Plans for the device start at $64.98 a month for unlimited minutes and SMS with 250MB of data, while unlimited data, voice and SMS costs $84.98 a month. Claro also offers the iPhone 4S off contract for $669, $769 and $869, $20 more than Apple's prices for contract-free versions of its latest handset. The iPhone 4S is also available in Puerto Rico on AT&T and Sprint.
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Anyone want to guess the last three digits of Erin Hontz's phone number?

Just kidding. Congrats to Eddy Cue on his promotion. Steve appears to have left a strong team in place.

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Anyone want to guess the last three digits of Erin Hontz's phone number?

Just kidding. Congrats to Eddy Cue on his promotion. Steve appears to have left a strong team in place.

So I assume you'll be congratulating Phil a couple months from now since Eddy's was announced back in September?
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I think it has to with that this new code has changed the formatting of the number in Contacts and how the number formatting is being processed and sent by the various carriers.

I found another way to fix the contact problem is to edit each phone number and add a +1 in front of the area code. Yes, it stinks, is time consuming, and generally a pain in the butt.

Not all are fixed this way as some numbers (calls and/or texts) come across with no formatting so you have to select "add to an existing contact," select the proper contact and add the unformatted number.

Like I said, not a viable option for those of us who have 100s or 1000s of contacts. :-(

Can you say iOS 5.0.2 coming to an iDevice near you soon? :-)
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Looks like 5.0.2. will hit Beta next week.


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I think it has to with that this new code has changed the formatting of the number in Contacts and how the number formatting is being processed and sent by the various carriers.

I found another way to fix the contact problem is to edit each phone number and add a +1 in front of the area code. Yes, it stinks, is time consuming, and generally a pain in the butt.

Not all are fixed this way as some numbers (calls and/or texts) come across with no formatting so you have to select "add to an existing contact," select the proper contact and add the unformatted number.

Like I said, not a viable option for those of us who have 100s or 1000s of contacts. :-(

Can you say iOS 5.0.2 coming to an iDevice near you soon? :-)

You can save your Adrdress Book on the Mac as a vCard, then open up the vCard in Text Edit. Then add +1 to entries that that don't have +1 after the colon in any line that starts with TEL. That shouldn't be hard too to write a script that does that.
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So I assume you'll be congratulating Phil a couple months from now since Eddy's was announced back in September?

Phil who?

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First we had Antennagate (question: how many of you understand why we put "gate" at the end of any scandal that comes up? Which I'm sick of by the way), and that turned out to be nothing, and imho a coordinated effort by Apple's competition to knock back interest in the phone.

Now we have Batterygate (not spoken yet, but you will hear it soon I predict) and Contactgate. The media seem to be fanning the flames of these two "problems" too. See CNET and other media outlets. Message boards seem to be flooded by one time posters all decrying how horrible the phone is now. Again, another coordinated attack to knock back interest in the phone.

So here's my personal observations of my iPhone 4s: Sat in standby mode while I watched the last Harry Potter movie and the news. I lost maybe 3% of a full battery, over 3.5 hours. But I have turned off all unneeded apps (games, some utilities I don't need, like Airplay). The phone, email, messaging, Facebook are all on. I haven't fooled with any of the other "fixes" doled out recently.

During that time my brother and my sister called me. Both of their names and pictures came up as I have them in the Contacts.

Problems and complaints? None from me.
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I think it has to with that this new code has changed the formatting of the number in Contacts and how the number formatting is being processed and sent by the various carriers.

I found another way to fix the contact problem is to edit each phone number and add a +1 in front of the area code. Yes, it stinks, is time consuming, and generally a pain in the butt.

Not all are fixed this way as some numbers (calls and/or texts) come across with no formatting so you have to select "add to an existing contact," select the proper contact and add the unformatted number.

Like I said, not a viable option for those of us who have 100s or 1000s of contacts. :-(

Can you say iOS 5.0.2 coming to an iDevice near you soon? :-)

Considering every other country in the world actually uses the + (country code) as the switches look for this, it is not a fix but actually doing what the rest of the world has already done. I've been use. + (country code for years)
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Problems and complaints? None from me.

I have two of the 4S phones and there are four or five people that have them at work. No one that I know of is having issues with the battery. I also had the Iphone 4 (before I upgraded to the 4s) and carried that phone around naked in my pocket - never had an issue with the antenna - or dropped calls.
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I don't have any of the described problems.

As for battery life, I don't know anymore...

For today, I have 4 hrs 39 mins of usage and 13 hrs 49 mins of standby with 38% battery remaining. This is on maximum brightness with push email, notifications, bluetooth, wifi, location services, icloud, documents, photo stream, find my iphone, etc.; all on. I turned off ping, diagnostics, location iads, and time zone. It's been about the same on ios 5.0 prior to updating to 5.01. This is on an iphone 4s.

What should my battery be at after that? I need a basis to compare it to.

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"Apple has yet to appoint a new chairman of the board since Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in early October."

Suggestion: Steve Wozniak.

J.
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I have two of the 4S phones and there are four or five people that have them at work. No one that I know of is having issues with the battery. I also had the Iphone 4 (before I upgraded to the 4s) and carried that phone around naked in my pocket - never had an issue with the antenna - or dropped calls.

With millions and millions of devices one or two people will complain, always.
This doesn't mean that a real problem exist.

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"Apple has yet to appoint a new chairman of the board since Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in early October."

Suggestion: Steve Wozniak.

J.

Love Apple and all but IMO it would be a big mistake to make Wox the new chairman of the board.

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Anyone willing to bet on the number of updates we will get between now and iOS 6?
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"Apple has yet to appoint a new chairman of the board since Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in early October."

Suggestion: Steve Wozniak.

J.

Jonny Ive- he built Apple part 2 as much as SJ yet never received the credit according to the book AND has been quite insulted by it hence the past rumors of his departure. SJ used to like to take all his credit , steal his thunder and render him insignificant. If he leaves, Apple is in big trouble. If he wants it Apple must give it to him. Imagine if he goes to Facebook or Google.
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Considering every other country in the world actually uses the + (country code) as the switches look for this, it is not a fix but actually doing what the rest of the world has already done. I've been use. + (country code for years)

It is not that + has been used in other countries, most if not all countries had different prefixes to call a number abroad from a fixed line phone. Once mobile phones were able to roam easily (which essentially started with the GSM standard in 1991), the very same phone might need to use different prefixes depending on which country it was in. To solve this problem, it was agreed that the + symbol could be used instead (at least on mobile phones) to allow the same stored number to work from everywhere.
Since mobile phones have become more and more dominant and the rise of the internet which meant you publish for the whole world not single countries, using this universal prefix became the de-facto standard (though the old prefixes still work).
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anyone willing to bet on the number of updates we will get between now and ios 6?

13 :d
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13 :d

I'd say 11 but 13 sounds right for iTunes during the same time frame
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"Apple has yet to appoint a new chairman of the board since Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer in early October."

They didn't have one before; they don't really need one.

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Anyone willing to bet on the number of updates we will get between now and iOS 6?

Nine.

5.0.2, 5.0.3, 5.1, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3.
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Considering every other country in the world actually uses the + (country code) as the switches look for this, it is not a fix but actually doing what the rest of the world has already done. I've been use. + (country code for years)

Yes and if you don't include the + and country code you will likely have cross platform issues even in the USA. While Contacts is pretty free form, the world of telephony, other than the USA, adheres to standards.
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Wireless operator Claro in Puerto Rico is advertising the 16GB iPhone 4S for just $99 with a two-year contract, a full $100 cheaper than Apple's own price of $199 in the U.S. 32GB and 64GB models sell for $199.99 and $299.99 respectively, though the higher-capacity versions are listed as coming soon.

Plans for the device start at $64.98 a month for unlimited minutes and SMS with 250MB of data, while unlimited data, voice and SMS costs $84.98 a month. Claro also offers the iPhone 4S off contract for $669, $769 and $869, $20 more than Apple's prices for contract-free versions of its latest handset. The iPhone 4S is also available in Puerto Rico on AT&T and Sprint.

Damn. $99 iPhone 4S with unlimited minutes, data and SMS?! Why doesn't the mainland states get these awesome monthly deals with our carriers?
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I hope the change in Phil's title/role indicates that Tim has acknowledged he shouldn't be presenting at keynotes and that Phil was and is the perfect shoe-filler for Steve Jobs in terms of the keynotes.
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Jonny Ive- he built Apple part 2 as much as SJ yet never received the credit according to the book AND has been quite insulted by it hence the past rumors of his departure. SJ used to like to take all his credit , steal his thunder and render him insignificant. If he leaves, Apple is in big trouble. If he wants it Apple must give it to him. Imagine if he goes to Facebook or Google.

Obviously you didn't read the book.

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Yes and if you don't include the + and country code you will likely have cross platform issues even in the USA. While Contacts is pretty free form, the world of telephony, other than the USA, adheres to standards.

I guess that is why the US country code is +1. When you are first there is no standard. Just kidding. You obviously have not traveled to many third world countries. There are some really screwed up numbering systems out there.

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I fixed the contact problem by simply turned off contacts in iCloud settings on the iPhone and turned it back on. Numbers were all restored to normal format.
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Obviously you didn't read the book.

OBviously not the one you "read".
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Obviously you didn't read the book.

Reading has never really been his problem... comprehension on the other hand...

Steve describing Ive as his "spiritual partner" and giving Ive more power than anyone else must mean something entirely different to iKol.
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Damn. $99 iPhone 4S with unlimited minutes, data and SMS?! Why doesn't the mainland states get these awesome monthly deals with our carriers?

The "mainland states"?
Why not any of the United States?
You do know that Puerto Rico is not a state?
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The "mainland states"?
Why not any of the United States?
You do know that Puerto Rico is not a state?

And this is the single most compelling reason to date for it to become one.
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And this is the single most compelling reason to date for it to become one.

So we can get a $99 iPhone 4S?
Or simply to conform the U.S. to some people's ignorance?
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And this is the single most compelling reason to date for it to become one.

I dunno... It's kinda nice to have a colony nearby.

Although in a few more years, a summer home in Cuba would be nice too. We even have a base ready to expand and deliver even more useful services there (coastal patrols, customs and who knows what else).
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How does one actually take advantage of OTA? Neither my 4G iPod touch nor my iPhone 4 will update to 5.0.1 OTA. I get a message in iTunes that says:

"Connect this iPhone using a USB cable in order to update or restore its software."

Is there a toggle somewhere in iTunes that lets me use OTA?

Oh, and "gate" comes from "Watergate", for anyone who's wondering about the answer to Psych_guy's question. Yes, the term is waaaaay over used. It's really nonsensical, when you think about it. But the MSM is pretty retarded, and not really capable of original thought, so there you go.
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Although in a few more years, a summer home in Cuba would be nice too. We even have a base ready to expand and deliver even more useful services there (coastal patrols, customs and who knows what else).
jk

Hey, you're joking, but I'm open to annexing them and making Cuba a state if they desire it when they finally get democracy. The last sixty years have been the worst imaginable for them.
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Love Apple and all but IMO it would be a big mistake to make Wox the new chairman of the board.

Maybe not, Wozniak is an Apple founder after all, and he has different views on a lot of things Apple does (at least so it seems to me). And that might make the difference in the future.

J.
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How does one actually take advantage of OTA? Neither my 4G iPod touch nor my iPhone 4 will update to 5.0.1 OTA. I get a message in iTunes that says:

"Connect this iPhone using a USB cable in order to update or restore its software."

Is there a toggle somewhere in iTunes that lets me use OTA?

Oh, and "gate" comes from "Watergate", for anyone who's wondering about the answer to Psych_guy's question. Yes, the term is waaaaay over used. It's really nonsensical, when you think about it. But the MSM is pretty retarded, and not really capable of original thought, so there you go.

It is of course possible to update your iOS devices via iTunes. If you do that it needs a USB cable connected to the computer running iTunes.
But over the air updates must be initiated from your iOS device: disconnect from the USB cable and go to settings, iCloud, (scroll to the bottom) Storage & Backup, and switch iCloud Backup to on.
You must have a charge of over 50%, otherwise the software does the download but refuses to install.

J.
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Originally Posted by Drakkoss View Post

I have two of the 4S phones and there are four or five people that have them at work. No one that I know of is having issues with the battery. I also had the Iphone 4 (before I upgraded to the 4s) and carried that phone around naked in my pocket - never had an issue with the antenna - or dropped calls.

There have never been any real battery issues. Just a few loud complainers.
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Anyone willing to bet on the number of updates we will get between now and iOS 6?

So far, two are certain. The one just released, and the one needed to fix what it broke. But they will both be 5.1.x updates.

Siri is certain to need lots of them. ICS is very recent, so it is unlikely that Apple will get pressure from Android in the near term. Most of the missing stuff on the iPhone is hardware related, so software updates won't make it 4G, or provide NFC, or enlarge the screen. But that just means that more software innovation is needed prior to the iPhone5.

The factors go both ways.

My guess is 4. We will see iOS 5.4.x before we are done.

Are you going to keep track?
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It is of course possible to update your iOS devices via iTunes. If you do that it needs a USB cable connected to the computer running iTunes.
But over the air updates must be initiated from your iOS device: disconnect from the USB cable and go to settings, iCloud, (scroll to the bottom) Storage & Backup, and switch iCloud Backup to on.
You must have a charge of over 50%, otherwise the software does the download but refuses to install.

J.


Thanks. I've started the backup process. Does the update happen automatically as a part of the backup process?
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Does anybody know who is VP for OS X? Scott is VP for iOS, there is a hardware VP, an internet services VP, etc. but no OS X VP. Or is OS X to be renamed to iOS as well?

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Does anybody know who is VP for OS X? Scott is VP for iOS, there is a hardware VP, an internet services VP, etc. but no OS X VP.

We haven't had one since Bertrand Serlet quit.

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Or is OS X to be renamed to iOS as well?

Nonsense.

It being completely discontinued, on the other hand, doesn't seem so insane since Apple let its best guy just GO and didn't replace him.
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