Warning: iOS 16.1 Beta Breaking GPS on iPhone 14 Pro models


iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max owners should be aware that the iOS 16.1 beta is preventing GPS from working properly on the devices for many users. Anyone who relies on location tracking should avoid the beta for now.

Bugs are common with beta software, but this issue affects a core iPhone function, prompting us to share this warning. iPhone 14 Pro users who have already installed the iOS 16.1 beta will need to downgrade to iOS 16.0.1 or wait for a later iOS 16.1 beta to fix the issue in order to restore GPS functionality. The cause of the bug is unclear.

Like the Apple Watch Ultra, the iPhone 14 Pro models support dual-frequency GPS. This means that iPhones can receive signals from GPS satellites operating on both the legacy L1 frequency and the stronger L5 frequency, which can pass through obstacles like buildings and trees better. A combination of the two signals should lead to better location accuracy in mapping applications and more.

The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus do not support dual-frequency GPS.

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