Four iPhone 7 bugs, including “connection hell”

UPDATED 10/12/16:

Apple’s new iPhone 7 has been out for barely a month, but already complaints are popping up about some bugs in the new phone.

The good news is that millions of people now have the new phones, and most report them trouble-free.

There’s no “Bendgate,” like with the first iPhone 6, and no “Antennagate” — remember that? — when the iPhone 4 was released and the signal would drop depending on how you touched the antenna.

Joe Firestein told us, “I like it so far. The Home button is a little different, it doesn’t go down like it used to. But it works well and is really fast so I enjoy the upgrade.”

Anna Fentriss likes hers too, but has heard about some bugs. “I’ve been looking for them, because I’ve heard that sometimes they make a hissing noise depending on what apps you have on it, but I haven’t had any problems with it,” she said.

Some Verizon Customers Report “Connection Hell”

However, a growing number of Verizon Wireless customers are reporting they are losing their LTE signal frequently, resulting in dropped calls.

Adam Weist of Maineville, Ohio is one of them, saying “I’ll just be using it, and all of a sudden I get no service.”

He says the phone is frequently on 3G instead of the much faster LTE nework.

Tech blogs like Glzmodo say Apple is working on a software fix.  In the meantime, it suggests turning off “Voice over LTE” if you are  having dropped calls, which Gizmodo calls “connection hell.”

Other Reported Bugs

MacWorld  reports four documented bugs with the 7, including:

  • Phones stuck in Airplane Mode, unable to link up with the network again after an airplane flight.
  • Lightning earbuds disabling the volume controls, so you can’t adjust volume with the headphones plugged in.
  • A hissing sound when certain apps are opened
  • Harder-to-user home button that no longer works if you touch it with a glove or through a plastic case.

Also, some users report increased data usage compared with their old phone, but Apple says the data issues have to do with your settings, and not a bug.

Your phone may be updating apps frequently on the network. Check your settings and disable app updates over data.

As for the other issues, Apple plans a software update soon to correct them. At this point none of the bugs appear widespread enough to warrant “gate” terminology.

It’s good news, so you don’t waste your money.


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