Some Apple iOS 16 users still face unresolved bugs and battery drain issues

Two weeks after Apple released the official version of iOS 16 to the public. In addition to a personalized lock screen, major changes to Messages, and new features for Maps, the update also has quite a few bugs, performance issues, battery drain, and more.

After a major iOS update, it's normal for some users to report issues with the new update, but such reports usually subside within a few days of release. Things are different this year, as iOS 16 has a lot of bugs reported by users almost every day.

The initial release of iOS 16 is iOS 16.0 for all supported iPhones, and the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro also get a day-one iOS 16.0.1 update that fixes some issues with the latest iPhones. Apple then released iOS 16.0.2, which fixed camera shake and annoying copy and paste prompts on the iPhone 14 Pro models. Despite the iOS 16.0.1 and iOS 16.0.2 updates, many users are still facing several unresolved bugs:

  • Spotlight search is slow and sometimes doesn't work
  • Excessive and abnormal battery drain
  • CarPlay issue with iPhone 14 Pro, but may also affect older models with iOS 16
  • Black dots flickering on some iPhone displays at low brightness after an update

There's no sign of iOS 16.0.3 yet, so it's unclear if Apple is planning another iOS 16 update ahead of next month's iOS 16.1 release. Apple is currently testing iOS 16.1 Beta with developers and public beta testers, but it may not be released until October, with the arrival of iPadOS 16.1 and macOS 13 Ventura systems. Apple Support has been advising customers facing issues to restart their iPhones, and in the worst case restore operations, in hopes of resolving their issues.

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