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Report of Apple throttling iPhone, iPad speeds on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint mistaken

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Just a day after a developer wrote a blog entry maintaining that Apple was intentionally limiting cellular download speeds for iPhone and iPad users on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, the claims have been withdrawn and his mistake in understanding how carrier bundle files has been explained.


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Brian Klug, writing for AnandTech, detailed the purpose of the "carrier bundle" files Apple uses to configure its devices for various mobile providers.

"Apple doesn't limit cellular data throughput on its devices," Klug stated, noting that "there's both no incentive for them to do so, and any traffic management is better off done in the packet core of the respective network operator rather than on devices."

Apple itself explains in a support document that iOS carrier settings "include updates to Access Point Names (APNs), MMS settings, features such as tethering, and default apps," but as Klug detailed, these files are not used to "throttle" data speeds.

Instead, Klug noted that, where there are two settings inside the files with the word "throttle" in them, these "refer purely to a retry interval throttle to prevent the phone from continually trying to reattach to an LTE network in the case of some error."

Klug added, "there's no reason for Apple to want to arbitrarily limit their devices, and the reality is that they don't, at all, on any version of iPad or iPhone or in any of the carrier bundles they've distributed for network operators.

"If anything, Apple has long been one of the few handset vendors who initially understood the importance of limiting annoying operator customizations. The Carrier Bundles are quite literally the only place in the entire OS they have indirect access (through Apple) to toggles they can play with."

The original report of Apple's assumed "throttling" of carrier download speeds was based on the idea that certain settings "which appear to hamstring the handset's cellular data capabilities," but this is not the case.
post #2 of 26
Wow. I guess random people making uneducated claims get just as much attention as anyone else these days.
post #3 of 26
Too priceless for words. The rush to publish negative news about Apple bites so-called "journalists" in the buttocks once again.
post #4 of 26
omg ... i heard tim cook is over there behind that dumpster *right now* kicking a dog and calling a baby *names*! hurry.
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post #5 of 26
As someone pointed out in other threads: There is no need to limit transfer rate on per device levels as the network towers could have done it more easily and more reliably.
post #6 of 26
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omg ... i heard tim cook is over there behind that dumpster *right now* kicking a dog and calling a baby *names*! hurry.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, rumored to resign amid controversial statements regarding infants and cruelty to animals, one analyst states.
post #7 of 26
It was clear that whoever wrote that blog post was looking for attention.
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Apple CEO, Tim Cook, rumored to resign amid controversial statements regarding infants and cruelty to animals, one analyst states.

 

You should at least include the Business Insider link to such articles...

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You should at least include the Business Insider link to such articles...

But I quoted my analyst source!! I'm buckin for a job at AI.
post #10 of 26

"Klug added, "there's no reason for Apple to want to arbitrarily limit their devices,"

 

Check out the brain on Klug!  (said in my Samuel L. Jackson voice)

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Too priceless for words. The rush to publish negative news about Apple bites so-called "journalists" in the buttocks once again.

I think that a lot of people are trying desperately to make Apple out to be the bad guy So they take a small snippet of something and run with it without understanding the context. The sort of things politicians usually due around campaign time.
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omg ... i heard tim cook is over there behind that dumpster *right now* kicking a dog and calling a baby *names*! hurry.

In other words, a typical Thursday.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pooch View Post

omg ... i heard tim cook is over there behind that dumpster *right now* kicking a dog and calling a baby *names*! hurry.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, rumored to resign amid controversial statements regarding infants and cruelty to animals, one analyst states.

Are you sure??!?!!?

...I heard he was throttling them...

post #14 of 26
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Wow. I guess random people making uneducated claims get just as much attention as anyone else these days.

It's called a "nation of bloggers".

And if you're the one caught making the mistake, you say, "Whoops-a-Mike-Daisy!"
The recent false claim that iCloud was hacked has shaken my ability to trust those people who would steal my photos and post them online without my permission...
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The recent false claim that iCloud was hacked has shaken my ability to trust those people who would steal my photos and post them online without my permission...
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post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

Too priceless for words. The rush to publish negative news about Apple bites so-called "journalists" in the buttocks once again.

 

He got the clicks he was after, collateral damage be damned. In his book, that is a win. Reputation does not seem to matter when others pick it up and reprint it, as long as it is negative and has the word Apple.

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Are you sure??!?!!?
...I heard he was throttling them...

Well turned. /bow
post #17 of 26

Yet another worthless article that was posted by some ignoramus on their blog, and then picked up and reported as news, even though it turned out to be 100% false. 

post #18 of 26
It'll be interesting to see if THIS story gets as much headlines as the original.

And if it doesn't, it won't be interesting - it'll be the same as any other hit piece directed at Apple. Major headlines on the negative, barely a mention that it was untrue.
post #19 of 26
FYI, Brian Klug is a knowledgeable guy that writes for AnandTech. Don't confuse him with the developer that started this stupid rumor.

He's the same guy that's been posting patches that supposidly make your phone's 3G/4G speeds a little faster, but it also kills battery life. Instead of apologizing or updating his article, the developer just deleted his blog post...
Edited by TD912 - 6/7/13 at 3:20am
post #20 of 26
Shoot first; ask questions later. That's why bloggers aren't journalists.
post #21 of 26

Who's getting fired for reporting this?

 

That's the question we ALL need to be asking of the original source. Who is getting fired for reporting this. Because they need to be fired.

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Who's getting fired for reporting this?

 

That's the question we ALL need to be asking of the original source. Who is getting fired for reporting this. Because they need to be fired.

TS if people got fired for misreporting, the entire news system would shout down..chill Apple still GREAT company, I think1smile.gif

post #23 of 26
Originally Posted by souliisoul View Post
TS if people got fired for misreporting, the entire news system would shout down..chill

 

No. Never. You are objectively wrong about this. There is no possible justification you can come up with for being okay with this. You, a SHAREHOLDER, are allowing Apple to lose value due to lies.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

No. Never. You are objectively wrong about this. There is no possible justification you can come up with for being okay with this. You, a SHAREHOLDER, are allowing Apple to lose value due to lies.

I am not supporting the misinformation, but just stating a fact that there is so much misinformation from news providers, I don't get my ass twisted now because of these issues. AS investor/shareholder I am in this for long terms.

post #25 of 26
Originally Posted by souliisoul View Post
I am not supporting the misinformation, but just stating a fact that there is so much misinformation from news providers, I don't get my ass twisted now because of these issues. AS investor/shareholder I am in this for long terms.

 

As a shareholder, you should be fighting against this, not giving into it. Or, if the latter, you revoke your right to ever complain about Apple's stock price.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

As a shareholder, you should be fighting against this, not giving into it. Or, if the latter, you revoke your right to ever complain about Apple's stock price.

As I said I am investor/shareholder that means I am not in Apple for short term gain, so drop and rise of Apple's shares does not bother me at moment. I am looking to 30 years min. I can not voice my comments...Ok Mr. Tim Cooklol.gif

 

Apple may want to employ you as their Public Relations Director1oyvey.gif

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