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iCloud beta not working on Verizon iPhones yet, but future software update might fix that

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iCloud beta not working on Verizon iPhones yet, but future software update might fix that
The iCloud is already floating in the sky with some of its features live and running in their beta form. Even though the service will have all its functions accessible later this fall, some iPhone and iPad users can already hop on board and try out iCloud's ability to store music remotely and to sync it wirelessly across several devices. There is one significant detail, however, that Verizon iPhone owners will really hate to hear.

You see, in order to use the iCloud features that are available today, it is required that your iDevice runs iOS 4.3.3 or later. Since Verizon's iPhone 4 is still stuck with the older 4.2.8 version, there will be no way of using the cloud services on it, or at least not until an update comes along.

The list of currently supported devices includes:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • AT&T's iPhone 4
  • 3-rd and 4-th generations of the iPod touch
  • any iPad or iPad 2 model

As we already mentioned, all of the devices need to have their firmware updated to version 4.3.3. Besides that, all of the currently available iCloud features can be also used with a Mac or a PC running iTunes 10.3 or higher.

We are guessing that a software update for Verizon iPhones is already in the works, but when it will come remains a mystery for now. Nevertheless, it should not take too long so keep an eye on iTunes for update notifications.

source: Apple via MacRumors

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posted on 07 Jun 2011, 06:39

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


carriers are the one responsible for this fragmentation crap -_-

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 06:47

3. Greg Lawhorn (unregistered)


@protozeloz

"carriers are the one responsible for this fragmentation crap -_-"

Not with the iPhone. Apple delivers updates, not AT&T, not Verizon. This is Apple's decision, such as it is.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 11:13

5. Muttley (unregistered)


Maybe Apple does in this case, but carriers are responsible for their own updates. For example, HTC already has the Gingerbread build ready for the original Droid Incredible, but Verizon isn't releasing it yet as an OTA update until the end of June. But you can install the ready-made Gingerbread build for the Droid Incredible right now, but only on a rooted Incredible. This isn't HTC's decision to delay until the end of June, it's Verizon's.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 12:36

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


then why the Verizon iPhone is on a much lower version? if apple controls the updated why aren't they on the same version yet? this could also be related with the CDMA/GSM differences but i think it could be Verizon too

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 13:46

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Apple controls when the update is available not VZW. Thats why you can only update through itunes. The different software is really because GSM software wouldn't work with a CDMA radio, so Apple had to write a special just for VZW. Not to mention that ATT iphone needed the extra update to get the hotspot feature that the VZW's iphone came with out of the box.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 17:33

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5370; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well.... then fragmentation is not as easy avoidable as someone think it is....

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 02:28

11. John Smith (unregistered)


Negative,

Verizon tells Apple what firmware they will support and authorize. Yes, the Verizon phone does support 4.3.3 but Verizon's Iphone is not GSM like the rest of the world. The problem exists because Verizon does not want cloud services quite yet, so Apple is not pushing the update to CDMA handsets. The same reason why Verizon is holding out on the Thunderbolt's update from HTC to Gingerbread. Sprint got it for the EVO on 3 Jun and Verizon will test it extensively before they release it. Same with the IOS update for their iPhone, so stop complaining about Verizon vs AT&T and Android vs iPhone. They are both great devices and I own them both. Only childish idiots complain about "Whah my phone is better than yours" Android is better than iOS. We are not a bunch of 2nd graders. Well some of you definitely are. Variety and functionality is key. If you like android or iOS so be it. I love them both and diversity will win any-day over someone who is only geared toward one product over another.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 10:06

4. dntbstpd1 (unregistered)


@Greg Lawhorn - no so fast. Verizon was responsible for their Android handsets not recieving the 2.0 and 2.1 updates. Their newer phones were getting the updates at the drop of the hat, and their older phones were experiencing massive delays due to Verizon, not Google.

Google and Apple may be the one delivering the updates, but only once approved by the carrier.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 12:29 1

6. vwsince1980 (unregistered)


Verizon Wireless must have made PA take down the news article on which LTE smartphone to buy on the network.....It's not there anymore. Bad press I guess....

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 18:58

10. Dude (unregistered)


In the case of iOS it's Apple that is responsible for the updates, not the carriers. In the case of Android, it's first up to Google to release a new version but then it's up to the carrier (and possibly even the phone manufacturers) to actually approve and release it.

iOS and Android are two different systems, and the way updates are done on one has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

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