What’s up with the iPhone glitches?

Ever since Apple released their iOS 11 update and their two newest phones, iPhone users are growing more and more agitated with multiple glitches that keep popping up. The most talked-about glitch has been the letter ‘i’ being frequently replaced with a capital ‘A’ and a strange question mark symbol. Aside from this, many people’s devices are overheating, there are issues connecting to wifi networks, storage is randomly filling up, and even the battery-life is weaker. Many people’s ‘Clock’ app has also jumped to random times throughout the day for no reason. While these are all first-world problems, and a majority of iPhones are still performing the necessary functions, when you empty your savings for what Apple says is the next great thing, you expect it to work as advertised. Why are these glitches happening, and how can we fix them?

I wish I could tell you that Apple has fixed all of its problems within a timely manner and provide you with instructions to bring your phone back to its previous state, but the glitches seem to be quite low on Apple’s priority list as they have hardly addressed these issues in the media. They did confess to the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 having some issues but continued to say “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.” This vague response to the millions of complaining users includes no time estimate for when the issues will be fixed, and their ‘upcoming software release’ could bring along a new set of problems. Although we do not have the solution for low battery life and other big glitches, there is a simple solution for the “i” typo. If you go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement, you can make a lowercase “i” autocorrect to uppercase, hopefully eliminating the bizarre typos. If your phone time is changing randomly, that has an easy fix too. Go to Settings > General > Date & Time, and take it off ‘Set Automatically.’ If it still does not have the right time, try using a different city to establish your time zone.

So, why are there so many glitches with this update in comparison to updates in the past? Was Apple too ambitious with the new iOS version? One circulating theory is that they want iPhone users to purchase the iPhone X to eliminate the issues they may be experiencing with their older versions. This has been one of Apple’s least successful iPhone releases in many years, so a logical way for them to up sales would be to convince everyone that the their old hardware cannot function correctly with the new software. Whether this speculation has verity or not, it certainly would not work out well for Apple in the long run.

Hopefully there will be a solution to the numerous glitches in the near future, but with the way Apple has been prioritizing their customer satisfaction, they may become a thing of the past.

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