10/11 update below. This post was originally published on October 8
The list of problems for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro buyers continues to grow. After iMessage and FaceTime activation errors, CarPlay errors, data paging, and random restarts, owners are now reporting a host of new issues.
They appeared after famous YouTuber Marques Brownlee Requested iPhone 14 owners talk about their experiences with the new range. Of the nearly 5,000 responses, the vast majority complained about errors – and three in particular popped up.
First, the lock screen. While there are several bugs in iOS 16 that affect all iPhone models, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro buyers seem to have been disproportionately affected by the bugs in the new lock screen. This includes a data glitch, and an auto-rotate bug when customizing the lock screen.
Second, the dynamic island. Arguably the highlight of the iPhone 14 launch, Dynamic Island is seemingly buggy at launch with a wide range of graphical glitches. This includes the program bubble moving to the wrong place, sticking to the intermediate animation and refusing to close. Some of these can have a huge impact on usability.
Third, battery drain. I have already written about battery drain issues in iOS 16, but iPhone 14 owners are far from immune. Brownlee notes that “a worrying number of people” suffer from it. Interestingly, Brownlee may have found the culprit on iPhone 14 Pro models:
“I noticed that I had better battery life on my iPhone 14 Pros after disabling the always-on display… I’ve had two weeks now to do this, and it makes a difference.”
Apple’s long-awaited implementation of an always-on display has proven controversial, with complaints that it’s too bright and colorful compared to competitors. Apart from battery concerns from these reasons, it creates the impression that the phone is unlocked. The option to lock screen dim or even monochrome will go a long way to remedying this.
The responses to Brownlee’s tweet include a lot of other issues, like Glitches in Control Center And the Autofocus issues, but they seem more isolated. Brownlee also said he is experiencing CarPlay issues that were previously reported.
Apple is expected to release iOS 16.0.3 soon, which is the third dedicated bug fix in less than a month. iOS 16.1, a bigger update that also adds new features, should arrive by the end of the month.
10/10 Update: Apple’s iPhone 14 range owners are reporting more problems, this time with Apple’s new ‘Crash Detection’ feature, exclusive to new models.
The Wall Street Journal Reports indicate that some iPhone 14 models turn on troubleshooting mode and automatically call emergency services when used on a roller coaster. The report claims that so far at least six incidents have been recorded of iPhone 14 models triggering false alarms while riding.
Crash Detection uses a combination of speed, pressure, G-Force, GPS, and volume measurements to reduce errors, and Apple claims to have tested the feature with more than a million hours of car crash data and real-world driving analysis. Despite this, subsequent tests found that the feature is available varying levels precision – Apple thing defend.
Apple also responded to the Wall Street Journal’s finding, telling the publication that “the technology provides peace of mind, and Apple will continue to improve over time.” In the meantime, some rollercoaster owners Already a warning Users are required to turn on Airplane mode on their phones and smartwatches before boarding.
Apple’s pledge to improve fault detection is both welcome and urgent. As more and more iPhone 14 models are sold, this problem will only increase.
10/11 Update: There have been two important updates for iPhone 14 owners in the last 24 hours. First, Apple executives spoke to Take Crunch About troubleshooting.
“There is no magic bullet in terms of activating collision detection,” Ron Huang admitted. Vice President of Sensing and Communication. “It’s hard to say how many of these things have to run, because it’s not a direct equation. Depending on how fast your travel speed was earlier, also determines the signals we should see later. Changing your speed, along with the force of the impact, along with Along with changing the pressure, along with the volume, it’s all a great dynamic algorithm.”
Huang explained that Apple tested Crash Detection by placing iPhones “in many different places throughout the car – on dummies and on the car itself” while collecting raw data from cameras and pressure sensors. He said the company also worked with the Department of Transportation and the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to understand the types of accidents that are the leading causes of injury.
Interestingly, Drance revealed that Crash Detection was not activated for her while bending the small septum because “we don’t want to make too many false calls to 9-1-1 when it’s not necessary.”
This is an interesting insight, given the current issues with roller coaster detection, and it leads me to believe we’ll see significantly fewer false positives as Apple improves the algorithm.
Second, Apple released iOS 16.0.3, which mostly features fixes for iPhone 14 models. Issues addressed included lagging call and app notifications, low microphone volume during CarPlay calls and slow camera performance.
This is only a fraction of the edition buyers iPhone 14 models reported so farBut focusing on its latest phones back in iOS 16.0.3 shows that Apple is aware of the buggy nature. Two of the three iOS 16 updates so far have focused on the iPhone 14 range, which is unprecedented in my experience.
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