iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know

iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are excellent smartphones but they’re far from perfect. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup every day.

Since their launch in September we’ve been hearing and seeing complaints about various iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems Some users are running into minor bugs, others are running into more serious issues with their device.

Apple’s refined its software with bug fixes and patches but iOS 10.3.2, the most up-to-date version of iOS 10, is causing problems for many users.

Today, we want to take a look at the current state of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 problems. We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone issues can popup out of nowhere.

This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into a problem with your device.

iPhone 7 Problems

The earliest iPhone 7 problems centered around iCloud Restore and Activation issues. These were the same issues that affected the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at launch.

Complaints about these issues have died down in the months since the iPhone 7 launch but if you do happen to run into an activation or iCloud Restore problem, head here for more on these problems and potential fixes.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems go beyond iCloud Restore and activation issues. We’re also seeing complaints a variety of other bugs.

We’re hearing about odd battery drain, issues connecting to Wi-Fi, problems connecting to Bluetooth (which is a big problem given the two phones don’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack), touchscreen issues, an odd hissing issue, problems with various applications, issues syncing photos, and more.

It’s impossible to predict what you might run into during your time with the iPhone 7 so you’ll want to occasionally make a backup of the files stored on your phone.

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If you don’t know how to do that, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software.

If you don’t want to use iTunes, we also have a guide that details the backup process via Apple’s iCloud service.

We’ve also put together a list of things to do before installing a new iOS update on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and it’s worth a look if you’re new to iOS and iPhone or if you simply need some additional help.

Where to Find Feedback

If you need additional help, there are a number of other places to look for fixes and feedback about iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus performance.

We’ve taken a look at reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.2 update. Start there. We’ve also put together our impressions of the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.2 update and it’s a great resource if you want to keep tabs on performance.

We've taken a look at iOS 10.2 performance on the iPhone 7.
We’ve taken a look at iOS 10 performance on the iPhone 7.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about Apple’s iPhone 7 and its iOS 10 updates.

How to Fix iPhone 7 Problems

If you do run into a problem with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue from the comforts of your computer chair.

You can fix iPhone 7 problems from home.
You might be able to fix your iPhone 7 problem from home.

We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iPhone 7 problems and it offers fixes for battery life issues, problems with Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and more. We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve performance.

It’s important to note that some iOS-related iPhone 7 problems will likely dissipate after a couple of days of use.

For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update. If you continue to experience problems with battery life or something else after more than two days of use, you’ll want to take action.

If you’re experiencing cellular data problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, and you failed to download the iOS 10.0.3 update, you’ll want to download the iOS 10.3.2 update.

The iOS 10.0.3 update delivered “fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” This fix is baked into Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iOS 10.2 update could fix your Bluetooth issues.
The iOS 10.3 update could fix your Bluetooth issues.

If you’re running into Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus note that Apple’s iOS 10.1 update improved Bluetooth connectivity with third party devices.

If you failed to download iOS 10.1, the iOS 10.3.2 update will bring these bug fixes to your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Your last line of defense is Apple itself. If you can’t fix your iPhone 7 problem on your own, you have a couple of options.

You can get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support can help. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company website.

If customer service can’t help you, and you still can’t fix your issue, you might think about taking your phone into an Apple Store.

Make an Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 7 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if they can’t fix the issue.

Downgrade

If you recently downloaded an update on your iPhone 7 and you start experiencing problems problems, you might be able to downgrade back to an older version.

Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to fix performance issues but it’s an option if you decide you’ve had enough of your device’s poor performance.

Apple typically keeps the downgrade loophole open for a week or two after a new update’s release so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to make the move back down.

The downgrade is currently open. Apple is currently signing off on iOS 10.3.1 which means you can downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 if it starts giving you trouble.

For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.

What’s Next

Help from Apple should arrive soon.

Apple’s confirmed a new update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus called iOS 10.3.3, and it’s currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date.

The iOS 10.3.3 update should be a maintenance upgrade which means it will probably come with patches and bug fixes for lingering issues.

An iOS 10.2.1 update is confirmed for iPhone 7.
An iOS 10.3.3 update is confirmed for iPhone 7.

If you want to test the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on your device, you can do that via the iOS 10.3.3 beta. If it causes problems, you can always drop back down to iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.1.

For more on the iOS 10.3.3 update and its beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It will take you through everything you need to know ahead of its release.

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Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.2 brings (by our count) 23 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.2 in the near future.

Your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.

If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring its security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.2 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. 

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iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Virgin Mobile is no longer selling Android phones

Options are generally a great thing for consumers, and Virgin Mobile would probably agree — as long as you like iPhones.

Virgin Mobile has officially announced that it will be going “exclusively iPhone” from this point forward, which means the MVNO will no longer be offering any Android (or any other platform) phones.Virgin Mobile sees it as a major refresh of its network as a whole, complete with a single “Inner Circle” unlimited plan for customers.

To help incentivize potential customers to sign up, Virgin Mobile is hosting a set of promotions to help convince folks to switch over. It starts with their new Inner Circle unlimited plan being offered for only $1 for an entire year. You’ll need to buy an iPhone to get the new offer, and after that year the price will increase to only $50 per month for unlimited text, talk, and 4G LTE data.

The $1 Inner Circle plan deal will only be offered until July 31, 2017, and it’s available to new customers that port their number over from another carrier as well as existing Virgin Mobile customers that buy an iPhone.

It’s worth noting that Virgin Mobile is offering mobile-optimized data for streaming video (capped at 480p+ resolution), listening to music (capped at 500kbps), and cloud gaming (2Mbps). If you go over 23GB of data usage in a month, Virgin Mobile may also deprioritize your network connection for the remainder of the month.

As for the other perks, Virgin Mobile is also offering a discount to access Virgin Wines and a free night’s stay at a Virgin Hotel if you pay for two nights. Finally, Virgin Mobile customers can get a “companion ticket” for a round-trip visit to the United Kingdom. You’ll just need to buy your first round-trip ticket and then only pay taxes and fees for the second round-trip ticket.

As for the iPhones being offered, Virgin Mobile has the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 Plus, each of which are available in different color and storage options.

So, no more Android on Virgin Mobile. What do you think of this decision?

9 Things You Need to Do Before the iPhone 8 Release Date

9 Things You Need to Do Before the iPhone 8 Release Date is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 8 later this year there are a few steps you’ll want to take before the release date.

As we push into the summer we’re going to start hearing a lot more about Apple’s plans for the fall. The company’s confirmed several software updates for the fall and we expect iOS 11, watchOS 4, and macOS High Sierra to be joined by new iPhone hardware.

Apple didn’t confirm the iPhone 8 release date at WWDC 2017 but the company will almost certainly deliver a new iPhone, or iPhones, later this year.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still extremely capable phones but many consumers are interested in this year’s iPhone. Apple is reportedly planning at least two new iPhones and we could see as many as three new iPhones released when the smoke clears in the fall.

If your device is on its last legs or if your device missed the cut for iOS 11, you might be considering an upgrade. And maybe, just maybe, you’ve got your heart set on a move to whatever Apple announces later this year.

If you’re in the hunt for a new phone it’s time to get proactive. The fall will arrive sooner than you think. To help you get started, take a look at our early tips for prospective iPhone 8 buyers. If you take these steps before the iPhone 8 release, you’ll be in much better shape in the fall.

Keep An Eye on iPhone 8 Rumors

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Keep An Eye on iPhone 8 Rumors

If you are remotely interested in buying a new iPhone, you'll want to keep your eyes on iPhone 8 rumors are we progress toward the device's release date. 

This might seem like a no-brainer to many of you but you’d be surprised at the number of people who's first interaction with the new iPhone is on launch day in the fall. 

The iPhone rumor mill almost always delivers surprises, disappointments, conflicting rumors, and some concrete information ahead of launch. As we get closer to the iPhone 8 launch, rumors will start to firm up. 

Keeping an eye on these iPhone 8 rumors will help you set realistic expectations about the next iPhone's features.

We also expect rumors to outline the device's expected launch date and release date ahead of time which will help you to formulate a plan ahead of time. 

For instance, if launch rumors point to shortages, it might be a good idea to stay up until midnight to put in an iPhone pre-order. 

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9 Things You Need to Do Before the iPhone 8 Release Date is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

50+ iOS 11 Emoji Revealed

50+ iOS 11 Emoji Revealed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

They’re not available in the iOS 11 beta but, new emoji should be coming to the iPhone and iPad in an iOS 11 update later this year.

The Unicode Consortium has officially released Unicode 10.0 and it includes new emoji characters like sandwich, vampire, and broccoli. The update also delivers a set of Typicon marks and symbols, and a Bitcoin sign.

The new emoji were originally previewed back in March but, the Consortium has narrowed the list down to a 56 new emoji characters.

In addition to sandwich, vampire, and broccoli, Unicode 10.0 features:

  • Mage
  • Fairy
  • Coconut
  • Exploding Head
  • Hijab
  • Zombie
  • Elf
  • Genie
  • Person in a Steamy Room
  • Zebra
  • Giraffe
  • Dumpling
  • Mermaid
  • Dinosaurs
  • Colbert” emoji

The list is final which means companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft can now include them in updates for their products.

The current version of iOS 11 doesn’t include any new emoji for the iPhone or iPad but, Apple will almost certainly release the new characters for its keyboards inside a future iOS 11 update.

Last year, the company used its iOS 10.2 update to deliver Unicode 9.0 support and 70+ new emoji characters to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Apple’s iOS 10.2 update arrived in mid-December, months after the conclusion of the iOS 10 beta and several weeks after the official iOS 10 release.

If the company sticks to the same pattern, we could see a milestone upgrade like iOS 11.1 or iOS 11.2 deliver these new emoji to iPhone and iPad users around the world.

 

Apple’s iOS 11 update is currently in beta ahead of a wider release this fall. The iOS 11 beta includes a new features like Siri voice translation, the ability to screen record, a redesigned Control Center, tweaks to the home screen and Notifications, and many other changes from iOS 10.

The company’s first beta is plagued with issues including severe battery drain, connectivity issues, and problems with first and third-party apps.

Apple is planning to release a public iOS 11 beta before the end of June and we expect the public beta to improve on the first beta’s performance.

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Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

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Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version

Have you ever installed a new iOS update only to discover problems on board your device? If you've experienced frustrating iOS problems, you might want to give the iOS 11 beta a shot. 

The iOS 11 beta lets you try out new features but it also helps Apple improve the software ahead of the release in the fall. 

Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.  

If you're sick and tired of running into problems with iOS updates, do something about it. Download the iOS 11 beta and hunt for bugs. 

If you find something, make sure you report it to Apple

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50+ iOS 11 Emoji Revealed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.