GPS and cell connectivity issues since iOS 11
I have an iPhone 6s on AT&T’s network in the United States and have had serious issues with GPS and cell signal connectivity since the release of iOS 11 and the updated releases since that time. I’ve tried powering down and turning back on the phone, turning airplane mode on/off and resetting network settings and they were all temporary fixes if they worked at all. The solution that I’ve found that works best for me when I really need to rely on the GPS is that I have to turn off LTE. So I currently am using iOS 11.4.1 and go to Settings>Cellular>Cellular Data Options>Enable LTE>Off and then it will turn off the LTE radio antenna or something and go to the 4G network. Download speed sucks, but the gps doesn’t get lost every 5 minutes.
For what it’s worth, I’ve considered jumping back to the Android platform since the issues have become worse and worse. I went from the original Samsung Galaxy S to the iPhone 5 and then to the 6s. The appeal to me was that between the OEM and the Cell service network providers here in the USA, there was no advantage to release android OS updates or it became finger pointing by different companies as to why phone software updates would get held up for one reason or another and the end user would be left holding the bag.
Pissed off, I jumped to the iPhone because they didn’t have issues with getting OS updates. I also naively thought that with less handset models to adapt OS and software to since Apple controls the hardware and software, that I would have a superior experience as the end user. Well somewhere along the way, somebody has fucked up. I know it’s not just me, but many iPhone users that have GPS and Cell connection problems. Between the service provider and Apple, who else is there to pass the buck/accountability on to since they control everything. How does this happen? A simple google search, YouTube search, or Reddit search amongst iPhone subreddits will reveal that many users have experienced these same problems and even developers in Apple discussion forums that are working with iOS 12 are already having problems. Again, Apple and ATT are the only people that can be blamed, right? And Apple controls the hardware and software and yet there seems to be no solution or fix in sight nor an official acknowledgement of widespread issues. It’s bullshit and those two companies know it and say nothing. They are both complicit with a shitty user experience as they lean back and count their money. What good is a connected smart device – if it’s not connected? If I don’t see something change, I’ll go to the Android handset for my next phone. They have dropped the ball here. The incentive of paying a premium for the iPhone experience has diminished significantly when the antennas, gps and software lose function or don’t work together.
When it comes down to accountability and who is to blame, If there is something that I am not seeing here, I’d love to know about it. Does he Reddit iPhone community feel the same way that I do about this? Are there any other options that I’ve not explored? I’m fed up. GPS and Cell connection problems are a daily occurrence and I have to mess with my phone settings or power down my phone and restart it multiple times a day. It’s getting really old, really fast and I’m at the end of my rope.