With each new iPhone offering or update to the iOS, Apple releases a new batch of technical issues out into the world.
The first major issue came in 2010 with the release of the iPhone 4 and the corresponding issues with the phone's antenna. Users complained that the new iPhone experienced degraded cellular strength when holding the phone in a particular way.
Then came the launch of the iOS6 operating system and the release of Apple's new map app, which replaced the previous version's use of Google Maps. With the new map app came numerous errors like bad directions, incorrect labeling, and the inability, until later, to switch back to the Google map app.
Now, in keeping with the fine tradition of rushed and lightly tested hardware and operating system offering, Apple released the iPhone 5s and iOS7 into the world together with a number of new issues. Here is an overview of the currently known issues.
Incorrectly calibrated sensors in the iPhone 5s
Today's smart devices are manufactured and programmed with a number of sensors that provide the ability to use the devices as a compass, a level, or as a tracking system for interactive apps. Unfortunately for some new iPhone 5s owners, their gyroscopes and accelerometers might not work quite as advertised.
This issue might end up as a significant black eye to Apple. As of the writing of this article, no word has been given as to the origin of the malfunctions. If the issue is found to be software based, the release of a patch would be a simple process. If the issue is found to be hardware based, Apple would be hard-pressed to issue a simple repair. Either way, this is an issue to keep an eye on.
Decreased battery life
Battery life issues reappear with each new update of iOS. For many users, the decreased battery life is the result of using a new OS on a much older iPhone model. The new iOS versions are most often optimized for maximum performance on the newest version of the iPhone line.
The same situation exists with the new iPhone 5s and the earlier models. Reports suggest that the iPhone 5 and earlier models are experiencing degraded batter life for some users, however, other users are reporting better-than-average batter life for the same models.
If your iPhone experiences reduced or poor batter life, consider these four steps to minimize strain to your battery.
- Eliminate Auto-Brightness: Head to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness. Switch off Auto-Brightness.
- Disable Parallax: Head to Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn off Reduce Motion.
- Switch off Location Services: Head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Turn off Location Services for any app that does not need this ability.
- Turn off Background App Refresh: Head to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Turn this off entirely here or select specific apps to turn off.
Intermittent iMessage issues
For as long as iMessage has existed, there have been intermittent issues for some users. In the case of iOS7, there are a small percentage of users who are unable to send messages using iMessage. Apple is aware of the issue and will more than likely patch the problem soon.
In the meantime, if you are experiencing this issue, the first step you must take to circumvent the problem is to restart your device. If the problem persists, head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset network Settings and then turn off iMessage. This will allow you to send messages using regular message settings.