Friday, November 11, 2011, 09:44 pm PT (12:44 am ET)
Briefly: Phil Schiller; iOS 5.0.1 contact bug; $99 iPhone 4S in Puerto RicoApple 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.
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.
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.
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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