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iOS 5.0.1 Updated But Not For All



Watching the GBM Team members go crazy with their new Verizon Galaxy Nexus devices and react to it on Yammer is something I wish we could broadcast live here on the pages of GBM. I mean this next statement with lots of geek fondness. It’s like watching kids in the proverbial candy store. Although when new filtered out that Amazon had undercut the prices by offering up a $150 purchase price with a new two year contract, I thought we might lose a few team members.

No doubt about it, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is big time news today. In the middle of al of that there is some Apple news circulating as well. Some of it run-of-the-mill, some of it potentially confusing, and some of it that sounds troubling but apparently is just a misunderstanding.

First the run-of-the-mill. Apple released an update to Apple TV. Surprise it contains bug fixes. Second, the potentially confusing news. Apple also released an incremental update to iOS 5.0.1. There’s no new version number and from what I’m reading only users who have not previously upgraded to 5.0.1 will see any of the new bits. Those who upgraded will have to wait for the next release to take advantage of whatever is rolled into the bits. That’s still shaky info, but that seems to be the consensus.

The potentially troubling news, that is apparently a misunderstanding, centers on a supposed bug that a Pocketlint reader uncovered. (Note Pocketlint has posted an update and other sites that reported this as a bug have pulled down their posts.) The big fear here was that “a bug” allowed you to automatically download content using cellular data regardless of whether or not you had taken appropriate action to not let this happen. If this were true you could potentially run over your cap if you did a lot of downloading this over 3G and weren’t aware you were doing it.

As The Next Web points out this is more of a “wording mistake” than it is a bug so I don’t think you have anything to worry about. The issue centers around the screen in the Store Settings where you can turn “automatically” download new purchases and also have the option to turn off the use of 3G to do so. Again the initial fear here was that even if you flipped the switch and turned off “Use Cellular Data” that you could still automatically download Apps and other purchases over 3G.

Well, that’s apparently not the case as The Next Web article points out. The language and the language placement may be misleading but it looks like this isn’t a bug to worry about.

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