iOS 10.0.3 Update Squashes Cellular Connectivity Bugs on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple releases iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple has released a minor iOS 10 update – iOS 10.0.3 – that fixes issues with cellular data connectivity specifically for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Older devices – iPhones and iPads – that are on iOS 10.0.2 don’t seem to be affected by the update.

The complaints that led to this fix originally came from Verizon users, who said that their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus would suddenly drop the LTE connection and fall back to 3G or disconnect altogether, but more recent reports show that AT&T users were affected as well. Bloomberg earlier reported that users in China were experiencing the same issues.

Apple, of course, doesn’t comment on carriers or countries on its release notes for iOS 10.0.3, but the update should fix the problem for all users.

Later this fall Apple plans to release a major update – 10.1 – which will bring the ‘portrait mode’ functionality to iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera. It’s already in its third developer beta, and should have some other minor tweaks as well.

According to Fiksu, which tracks device and OS usage, iOS 10 is already being touted as having the highest initial adoption rate of all versions, with 72.4% of devices running on the new mobile operating system version from Apple a mere 35 days after its official launch. You can compare early adoption for various iOS versions in their graph reproduced below.

iOS early adoption rate - iOS 10 vs older versions of iOS - courtesy Fiksu

That’s great news for Apple because it means several users of older models are also currently on iOS 10. Although older devices are limited by their capabilities, most of the new features on iOS 10 should work on iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models.

Why are Minor iOS 10 Updates Important?

Apple usually recommends that users always be on the most recent iOS version possible, and regularly check for updates. This is standard practice with most companies because minor updates can often fill security gaps left open in earlier versions.

Security is constantly evolving, and updates are meant to fix those problems before they actually become problems for users. Most security vulnerabilities are fixed through these minor updates so we recommend that you get on the latest iOS version possible depending on your device.

Earlier this week Apple also announced that it will be selling unlocked iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models that come with no contract and no SIM card. Users can hook up with a carrier of their choice, making this an ideal choice of gift for that someone special this holiday season.

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