Whoops, a new bug is pestering iOS mobile users yet again, and it is on Apple’s newest smartphone offering, the iPhone SE. When Apple rolled out the latest update to its iOS 9.3.1 mobile operating system about a couple of weeks ago, it was intended to provide a fix for a bug that caused the Safari Internet browser, as well as Mail and other mobile apps, to crash or become unresponsive when users try to tap on a web link. However, on the wake of the deployment of that software update, it appears that owners of iPhone SE devices are beginning to complain of less than stellar audio quality of phone calls made via wireless Bluetooth connections.
Based on feedback from iPhone SE users on Apple’s Support Communities and the MacRumors forum, the audio quality of phone calls made by way of Bluetooth sounds distorted and spotty, with some customers complaining that they often could not catch what the next person was saying on the other line. A few of those who complained mentioned Bluetooth connections with their automobiles as having the worst audio quality.
Just about every mobile user knows that updates to mobile operating systems always come with their fair share of glitches, despite the best efforts of the manufacturer to extensively test the newest OS version before releasing it for public use. But the roll out of Apple’s iOS 9.3 seems to be more problematic than usual, with this latest audio bug far from being the only issue.
As for this new iPhone SE, the glitch appears to only occur during phone calls, with musical tracks or other audio over Bluetooth connections seemingly unaffected. Some iPhone SE users have already pointed out that despite initiating a factory reset for their devices, the problem has persisted. Moreover, no signs indicate that the issue is related to a specific wireless carrier, with subscribers from both Verizon Wireless and AT&T airing their frustrations. The only thing for sure is that the bug only happens on the iPhone SE device.
The good news is that Apple has already deployed a beta version of iOS 9.3.2 for developers to test. This means that by the time iOS 9.3.2 is rolled out to all Apple users, it may already come with fixes for current bugs, including this latest one affecting iPhone SE devices. Until that time comes, some may have just have to put up with spotty Bluetooth phone calls for now.
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