Do you own an iPhone 4S? Are you having a few problems with it? Do you think you have iPhone 4S faults and want to know whether you are the only one?
With any product that sells over one million in 24 hours there are bound to be some problems with some of them. I for one had problems last year with my iPhone 4, and subsequently got it replaced at the Apple store. My fault however wasn’t exactly common (the backlight failed), but with so many new iPhone 4S handsets being shipped you might just end up with a dud, despite Apple’s quality conscious build quality. Find below then some common iPhone 4S faults which have surfaced online so far.
iPhone 4S faults
Find below some common faults we have received through e-mail and Twitter from our readers regarding the iPhone 4S.
1. Siri “cannot connect to the network”
It was bound to happen, and some iPhone 4S handsets aren’t playing nice with Siri, Apple’s personal assistant. To fix this, try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings, and then turn Siri back on. If this doesn’t do the trick, make sure ‘Data Roaming’ is turned on and this may fix your problem. If this doesn’t fix your problem, just remember that Siri is still in Beta testing and as such your best call of action is to go to an Apple bar to see a genius.
2. Backlight fault
I had this happen to my old iPhone 4 and one of my cousins new 4S handsets has also malfunctioned in this way. Essentially, your screen’s back light fails however you will still be able to just view content under a direct light. The only way to fix this is to get your iPhone replaced, for free, so long as it is not water damaged.
3. Broken apps
With all new software releases come some apps which don’t play nice, and Apple’s App Store features some apps which don’t work. Your best call of action if the app is free is to delete it and re-download however if it doesn’t do the slightest bit of help, then you’ll have to wait for the app makers to update it accordingly.
Electrical components + heavy usage + glass shells = overheating, it’s fact, and it is common within all smartphones (i’ve played with a few toasty S II’s in my time). If your iPhone is getting a bit warm whilst playing games or watching media then you should know that this is not abnormal, however if your smartphone starts getting red hot when the battery is charging then you should look at getting it replaced, before it breaks or worse, catches fire.
5. Cannot hear caller during calls
According to some forums some users of the iPhone 4S are reporting that they are unable to hear people down the other end of their iPhone 4S whilst making calls. Whilst some people may think this is a hardware fault, checking your iPhone 4S for any dirt or debris trapped in the ear hole should be done before taking it to an Apple store. If you are completely lost for ideas, then we recommend you go to an Apple store.
6. Yellow Screen
Within any high selling product customers always report that some handsets get plagued with the ‘yellow’ screen, and our readers have tweeted to us that the iPhone 4S is suffering from the same problem. Already dubbed ‘Yellowgate’ (a play on words from the iPhone 4′s antennagate) there is no other fix for this iPhone 4S fault than to get it replaced, and you have every right to do so. This particular fault has some consumers complaining about the quality of the phone for the price it is at.
7. Poor battery life
Some iPhone 4S users are reporting poor battery life on their handsets. Apple engineers have contacted iPhone 4S users regarding their battery life, according to The Guardian, where an Apple customer was contacted by an Apple engineer after his iPhone 4S was performing poorly even after location services and Siri we’re turned off. If you’re iPhone 4S is having battery life issues, do let us know in the comments section below.
8. Loudspeaker problem
According to a few users tweeting us and leaving comments, some iPhone 4S handsets are experiencing a loudspeaker issue whereby it does not work and selecting the option via their touch screen does nothing. For stuff like this, hit up Apple forums to see if there is a fix for this however as I have recommended in a reply to a commenter, taking it in to an Apple store is best.
iPhone 4S fault updates
[Update 13/11/2011: After Apple's software fix for the iPhone 4S Battery life in iOS 5.0.1 users are still reporting poor battery life. Some users are even going as far to say it is clearly a hardware issue and not possible to fix through software. Note however that some users are also saying that their iPhone 4S is fixed].
[Update 02/11/2011: Apple has now confirmed that bugs in iOS 5 are what's causing excessive battery life drain, however with iPhone 4's not being affected, one can only presume it is in fact Siri on the iPhone 4S which is causing it. Apple has promised a fix within the next couple of weeks for this issue, so look out for a software update on this front from Apple but in the meantime, lay off Siri].
[Update Feb 2013: Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 o address user battery life concerns on iPhone 4S and also iPhone 5].
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