Apple isn’t facing the same problems Samsung is facing with exploding Note 7 devices, but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have still drawn some complaints. Some of them are discussed on iTech Post.
“The hype brought about by the new iPhones is already starting to cool down. Now, people who bought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are facing their next problems – iPhone 7 bugs. Apparently, new reports suggest that the new iPhones have recurring connection issues that minimize the user experience.”
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are having LTE connection problems. [Image by Daryl Deino]
The article adds that quite some Verizon and AT&T subscribers are having serious problems keeping their LTE connection active. This is apparently happening to some people on T-Mobile as well. An article on Mac Rumors originally dealt with the problems Verizon users were having, but updated the article to note people on other carriers are experiencing difficulties as well. However, many commenters after the article say they aren’t having any problems.
“Once again, it seems like I’ve dodged the bullet with this device. After having problems with the 6 Plus and 6s, my Jet Black iPhone 7 on Verizon is phenomenal. I’ll watch out for this, but so far I haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary,” says Macduke.
“AT&T here – Black phone. No issues at all with LTE under any circumstance,” says Bbplayer 5.
Still, there are some on Twitter who are complaining about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus LTE issue.
I know this is a first world problem, but is anyone having iPhone and/or Sprint LTE issues over the last month? Cycling airplane mode a lot.— Erik T-Bo Thibault (@ErikThibault) October 12, 2016
There have been some who have reported a hardware failure with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Home button. However, as Engadget reports, there is a workaround.
“MacRumors forum goer iWayne has shown that the new iPhone will give you an on-screen home button (along with a warning that you may need repairs) if it thinks the physical key is broken. While that’s not much consolation if your phone needs to be fixed, it does mean that you can keep using your device in a relatively normal way while you’re waiting for your Genius Bar appointment.”
The iPhone 7 Plus has a new Home button that takes a little bit of getting used to. [Image by Daryl Deino]
The non-moving Home button was controversial at first, but users really seem to love it. Even though you are not actually pressing anything, it feels like you are because of the convincing haptic feedback that mimics the press of a button. However, as Engadget notes, Apple may be completely ditching the Home button on 2017’s upcoming iPhones.
The iPhone 8 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, which was first released in June of 2007 and became one of the most important tech devices in history. Chris Smith of BGR seems to think that the iPhone 8 could be used to provide augmented reality (not virtual reality), since Tim Cook has been talking about it a lot lately.
Mac Rumors speculates that the iPhone 8 could have an OLED display, a faster A11 processor, a glass body, and allow wireless charging. Others speculate that Apple will finally increase the resolution to make the iPhone 8 with a 1080p display and the iPhone 8 Plus with a Quad HD one. For those of you wishing the headphone jack is coming back, most sources say you shouldn’t count on it.
As of right now, Apple really doesn’t have any competition. With the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has hurt their brand, but that could be just temporarily. The Galaxy Note 8, expected to be released in early 2017, could really help Samsung challenge Apple again. In any case, 2017 is going to be a very exciting year for smartphones.
[Featured Image by Daryl Deino]