Four months after the release of iOS 16, some iPhone owners continue to report a variety of bugs. According to users, the problems are wide-ranging, including Spotlight search glitches, the keyboard not showing up in apps, excessive battery drain, the Camera app freezing, Focus mode issues, HomeKit accessories not working, and more.
From September 2022 until now, when iOS 16 was officially released, Apple has released several updates to the operating system, including with the aim of correcting faults. One of the updates, which fixes pop-ups that appear excessively in copy-and-paste operations, was released a few days after the official release.
iOS 16.2, the latest update released on December 13, 2022, brought a bundle of small new features but also fixes for crashes. Despite this, social networks and forums are still full of complaints about bugs in iOS 16. In general, the perception is that this version of the system accumulates more flaws than is reasonable for a system that came out of beta four months ago.
According to an investigation done by MacRumors on their forum, on Reddit, Twitter, and on Apple support, there are complaints of:
- Inconsistent performance;
- Excessive energy consumption;
- Crashes in the camera app;
- Keyboard that does not appear in applications;
- Apps that freeze or close soon after opening;
- Issues with integration with HomeKit and CarPlay;
- Lock screen widgets that stop working.
There are several other bug reports. In the tweet below, journalist Sanjiv Sathiah shows the iOS 16 keyboard appearing “upright”, despite the iPhone not being in a horizontal position.
— 💀 (@t3mporarybl1p) January 13, 2023
Apparently, all iPhone models compatible with iOS 16 have problems with this version of the system. This goes for even the latest devices. However, bugs may differ from unit to unit. For example, I noticed the keyboard glitch not appearing on an iPhone 14. But, on an iPhone 12 Mini, I never had this issue (or any other glitch).
iOS 16 lock screen (image: disclosure/Apple)
iOS 16.3 is coming
Apple is already working on iOS 16.3, a version that could be released in February. As usual, it should bring not only functional features but also bug fixes. However, given the number of bug reports, it will not be surprising if Apple releases mid-term updates before iOS 16.3 focused precisely on fixes.
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