Apple has issued its first software update to the iPhone 5 just over a week after the handset was released — but you’ll only see it if you’re on Verizon. No, the update doesn’t make Maps work. Instead, it “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.”
The issue has been a big problem for Verizon customers, who have seen their data allowances quickly diminish since they picked up Apple’s latest smartphone — even when using Wi-Fi connections.
Unlike previous iPhone updates, this one won’t come via iTunes, or via the Software Update feature built into the Settings app. To install this one, users must open the Settings app, then tap ‘General’, and then tap on the ‘About’ tab. They will then be greeted by a popup that informs them “important new settings” are ready for download.
Verizon iPhone 5 customers aren’t the only ones with Wi-Fi issues, of course. Those who have updated the iPhone 4S and the new iPad to iOS 6 are also experiencing problems, with some unable to activate Wi-Fi at all.
UPDATE: Verizon has issued a statement to The Loop to confirm the issue mentioned above, and Apple’s fix. It read: “Under certain circumstances, iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network. 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.”