Many iPhone 7 Users Reporting Bluetooth Connectivity Issues; iOS 10 May Be the Culprit

Many iPhone 7 Users Reporting Bluetooth Connectivity Issues; iOS 10 May Be the Culprit

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spotty Bluetooth connectivity common among iPhone 7 users
  • Apple has been releasing updates in quick succession to fix issues
  • Apple has not yet officially acknowledged the Bluetooth issue

Since sales for Apple’s latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus began, users around the world have experienced a number of issues, bugs, and glitches with their devices. Earlier reports pertained to issues like a weird hissing noise, loss in cellular service and Lightning EarPod issues. Recently, two separate polls revealed that spotty Bluetooth connectivity was among the most common issues being faced by users.

The polls, conducted by popular tech sites Gizmodo and 9to5Mac, reveal that many users are unable to connect their iPhones to in-car entertainment systems. The problem, however, is not limited to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. Those who have updated their iPhone units to the latest iOS 10 OS are also facing the issue.

(Also see: iOS 10: Ten Cool Things to Try in Apple’s Latest Mobile OS)

Gizmodo has received 12 different email tips related to Bluetooth connectivity on the iPhone. One of the readers told the site that automatic Bluetooth connectivity failed with the iPhone 7 but worked seamlessly with older units like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac has received complaints from BMW owners stating that their iPhone 7 device abruptly disconnects or stops working when connected to their car’s system.

Apple has been releasing updates in quick succession in its attempt to solve various bugs and issues. So far, none of the updates have resolved the Bluetooth connectivity issue and one can expect a third update to iOS 10 to roll out soon enough to address that. Notably however, Apple has not yet officially acknowledged the issue.

Spotty Bluetooth connectivity as an issue would not have garnered so much attention had Apple stayed with the headphone jack. However, with the Cupertino giant aiming for a wireless future, Bluetooth connectivity is now a major factor for Apple’s latest devices and the company needs to make sure that connectivity is seamless on this front.

(Also see: Dropping the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Was the Right Move by Apple)

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LG Tone Active+ Bluetooth Stereo Headset Announced Ahead of IFA 2016

LG Tone Active+ Bluetooth Stereo Headset Announced Ahead of IFA 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The LG Tone Active+ is priced at roughly Rs. 12,100
  • LG is also showing off the LG Beetle Bluetooth wireless mouse
  • The LG Force HBS-S80 headset will also be demoed at IFA

LG has introduced new Bluetooth headsets just ahead of IFA 2016. The most important one is the Tone Active+ Bluetooth stereo headset. It will be available at a price of $179.99 (roughly Rs. 12,100), and will be demoed further at IFA 2016.

The Tone Active+ supports Bluetooth 4.2, and comes with IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance. It comes with a quad-layer speaker technology and external stereo speakers. The Tone Active+ has a Qualcomm aptX/Qualcomm aptX HD audio codec for 24-bit lossless audio and a Digital MEMS microphone for voice calling.

LG says the earbuds on the Tone Active+ slide out in a way that makes them fit comfortably in the ears, and then just slide back in once the user is done with it. These new retraceable earbuds essentially aim to reduce the need for chord management. The wireless headset comes with a rechargeable battery that claims to give you 13 hours of talk time (speaker mode up to 9.5 hours) and up to 17.9 days of standby time.

Alongside the LG Tone Active+, the company is also going to demo many other accessories. The HBS-A80 entry-level Bluetooth headset, and the HBS-820S Bluetooth headset with one external speaker will be showcased at the commercial fair. There’s also the LG Force HBS-S80 headset which comes with earring shaped-buds made of silicone. Lastly, LG is also looking to showcase the LG Beetle wireless mouse. It supports Bluetooth, and the big talking point of the mouse is the interchangeable covers. LG is making the removable covers available in Grey, Lime, Indigo, Mint, and Pink.

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Apart from LG, Sony is also hosting an event ahead of IFA on September 1. The company is widely expected to launch the Sony Xperia X Compact, and the Sony Xperia XZ at the event.

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