updated 05:00 pm EST, Thu February 2, 2012
iMessage pairing glitch persists
Some OS X 10.7.3 users are reportedly suffering from an odd application crash bug. Affected people will see apps crash often, with the unusual twist of error messages that feature the word "CUI" stamped over them. A 9to5Mac source claims that the company has already sent out an email to a v10.7.3 test group, asking them if they've run into the problem and requesting bug reports if so.
Some workarounds exist. The most extreme of these involves booting into a Lion Recovery partition, and using Terminal to install a downloaded Combo version of the v10.7.3 update.
Apple is meanwhile countering charges that a problem with iMessage, iOS' native messaging system, is linked to a bug. One customer says that after getting help with his iPhone at an Apple Store Genius Bar, he began getting texts meant for a Genius' phone. The customer had been using his iPhone without a SIM card, and so the Genius temporarily inserted his own card.
The act paired the customer's phone with the wrong number. Apple representative Natalie Harrison says that improper Genius procedure is to blame. "This was an extremely rare situation that occurred when a retail employee did not follow the correct service procedure and used their personal SIM to help a customer who did not have a working SIM," she comments. "This resulted in a temporary situation that has since been resolved by the employee."
iMessage's tendency to keep a phone number in memory without the associated SIM card is a known flaw. It can potentially create serious issues though, such as when an iPhone is stolen.