The list of issues for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro buyers keeps getting longer. Following iMessage and FaceTime activation errors, CarPlay and data migration bugs and random reboots, owners are now reporting an array of new problems.
They came to light after popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee asked iPhone 14 owners about their experiences with the new range. Of the circa 5,000 responses, the overwhelming majority complained about bugs — and three, in particular, stood out.
First, the lock screen. While there are many bugs in iOS 16 which affect all iPhone models, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro buyers appear to have been disproportionately impacted by bugs with the new lock screen. These include glitching data, and an auto-rotate bug when customizing the lock screen.
Second, the Dynamic Island. Arguably the highlight of the iPhone 14 launch, the Dynamic Island appears to be very buggy at launch with a wide array of graphical glitches. These include the software bubble moving to the wrong place, sticking mid-animation and refusing to close. Some of which can have a significant impact on usability.
Third, battery drain. I have already written about the battery drain problems in iOS 16, but iPhone 14 owners are also far from immune. Brownlee notes an “alarming number of people” suffering from it. Interestingly, Brownlee may have found one culprit on iPhone 14 Pro models:
“I have noticed that I’ve gotten better battery life on the iPhone 14 Pros after disabling the always-on display… I’ve had a couple of weeks now to do it, and it does make a difference.”
Apple’s long-awaited implementation of an always-on display has proven controversial, with complaints that it is too bright and colorful compared to rivals. Aside from the battery concerns this causes, it creates the impression that the phone is unlocked. The option of a dimmer or even monochrome lockscreen would go a long way to addressing this.
Replies to Brownlee’s tweet include plenty of other problems, such as Control Center glitches and autofocus issues, but they appear more isolated. Brownlee also said he has been suffering from the CarPlay issues previously reported.
Apple is expected to release iOS 16.0.3 shortly, its 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.
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