Earlier today, Apple released an update for iOS to address the huge number of complaints they received from Verizon Wireless customers. These customers earlier expressed frustration over encountering signal drops and baffling GPS issues with their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. The update Apple released to address cellular connectivity issues on these two models has been called 10.0.3, which explains why the update will not pop up on older iPhone models.
As of this writing, there is no word on what has caused the issue. But looking back to last month, a number of iPhone 7 users have already started to complain about how their device would randomly drop its LTE signal. The problem would also show a "No Service" icon when they tried to use GPS apps such as Google Maps or Waze.
With the number of complaints received from Verizon subscribers, it looks like the problem was limited to how the device connected with the carrier's network. This led users to consider that it could have something to do with how cellular data and voice transmission was handled by the telecom at the same time. To temporarily fix the problem, users looked to toggle the "Enable LTE" function to "Data Only on their settings panel. But since the complaints carried over this month, which is why an update has been released to fix the issues.
As noted by The Verge, there could also be a problem with how the iOS 10 on iPhone 7 devices interact with any CDMA based network. And considering users from Sprint, US Cellular and other international carriers have reported encountering the same problem, there is reason to believe that the problem was not only limited to Verizon users.
Thankfully, Apple has released an official fix to the problem to hopefully get rid of it once and for all. If you are using an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and have been complaining of poor cell service since last month, you may need to check if an over the air software update is already available for your device. In doing so, you may just get the help you need to get rid of the issue.
Meanwhile, for those who missed it, Apple has already began offering SIM free units of its iPhone 7 devices. With these units, users can basically just activate their iPhone handsets on any major wireless carrier in the United States.
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