All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now. Watch now.
The issues are caused, at least in part, by a bug in Apple’s implementation of a Bluetooth 4.2 feature called Packet Length Extension, a source tells VentureBeat.
The bug (and possibly other changes made by Apple) has prevented the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from pairing with some devices made by other companies, like Android Wear and Pebble smartwatches, some wireless headphones and speakers, and possibly even CarPlay-enabled cars.
Apple reportedly remedied some of the iPhone 7’s Bluetooth issues when it released iOS 10.0.2, but in our tests, this latest release would not connect to a Pebble 2, a second-generation Moto 360, or a Huawei Watch.
However, a string of public and developer beta updates released this month by Apple — updates not yet received by the wider public — have solved all of our Bluetooth issues.
For the Pebble 2 and Huawei watches, iOS 10.1 public beta enabled us to successfully pair with an iPhone 7 Plus after factory-resetting both wearables. But our pairing problems with the Moto 360 continued (note: the 360 is currently on Google’s list of Android Wear devices with a “serious connectivity issue” involving the iPhone 7), until we tested the device with the fourth iOS developer beta (released yesterday).
iOS 10.1 — whenever Apple releases the final version to all users — may not fix every third-party Bluetooth-connected device out there (we can’t possibly test each one). But we can say with confidence that the update should ease many of the connectivity issues that iPhone 7 owners have been shouting about on Twitter since September.
VentureBeatVentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
- up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
- our newsletters
- gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
- networking features, and more