Even though Apple has already seeded a few iOS 8.4 betas to testers, the most popular version of iOS is iOS 8.3 right now, especially on older handsets like the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S had a lot of issues with iOS 8 since it was launched, as Apple had omitted testing intensively to find iPhone 5S bugs that might occur for various users across the globe. The iPhone 5S is still one of the most popular Apple smartphones, right after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which have taken over the market this year. Although the iPhone 5S is an older smartphone, Apple still keeps it up to date with software updates and we expect that to be continuous for at least another year. Nonetheless, iPhone 5S bugs still occur on iOS 8.3, although the user experience is much better than on the rushed iOS 8.
iPhone 5S bugs on iOS 8.3 aren’t that many, as the Cupertino-based company managed to fix most of the issues that users encountered between iOS 8 and iOS 8.3. Still, there are some complaints in the community forums, so we thought that you guys would be interested in finding out what kind of bugs still occur in the iPhone 5S. Some people encounter iPhone 5S bugs and don’t even realize they are actually bugs, so this short list might be of help to them. Aside from listing the iPhone 5S bugs on iOS 8.3, I will also list possible fixes that users have proposed for them. Keep in mind that a fix that has worked for user A might not work for user B. But there’s a chance that it will, so trying never hurts.
The banner mail notifications bug is one of my favorite iPhone 5S bugs on iOS 8.3. It’s a favorite because I don’t even consider it a bug, although it is. If you have banner mail notifications turned on in iOS 8.3 and toggle show preview off, the notifications will still show you a preview of the email’s content, although only when the phone is unlocked. It’s a bug alright, but I for one am not bothered by it. I like seeing a larger preview of incoming mail, so I enjoy the feature. It’s inconvenient that you cannot turn them on, because not everybody may use the feature and Apple needs to work on that. But just so you know, this is one of the mildest bugs I’ve come across and about the only bug iOS 8.3 that actually doesn’t bother me or impact the user experience.
One of the more annoying bugs, and one of the biggest bugs in iOS 8.3 is the Touch ID bug. Apple is working on a fix for that, but essentially, Touch ID on the iPhone 5S will not work in the store, when you’re making purchases. We’re not sure why, but rumors say that there’s a security flaw and it’s better to not use TouchID in iTunes right now. You really can’t, so there’s not much to it. Most people explain this iPhone 5S bug by saying that they are prompted for their passwords each time they try to make a purchase. If you’re experiencing this problem, you should first check if TouchID is turned on by going to Settings> TouchID and Password > iTunes and App Store > ON. If that setting is on, theoretically it should work. If it’s on, and still doesn’t work, you could try a factory reset, but most people who did, did it without any results. We’re going to have to wait for iOS 8.4 to see this one fixed, it seems.
Some people have complained about iPhone 5S battery life and connectivity problems since installing iOS 8.3, but the issues seem pretty isolated and are not widespread. A handful of users have seen a huge battery life drop on their iPhone 5S after installing iOS 8.3, while others have seen no change or even an improvement. The same goes for connectivity: while some are off easy with no bugs, others say that their LTE connections keep dropping, Wi-Fi signals are occasionally lost and connections seems to be reset without no warning. A factory reset could help in these situations, but your best bet is to take it to a Genius Bar and see what’s up, because since these issues are pretty isolated, there might be a hardware issue involved.
The most widespread iPhone 5S bug is not entirely a bug, rather a side-effect of sorts. Many people have been complaining, since iOS 8, that their phones became slower, sluggish and encounter lag in apps pretty often. That hasn’t changed in iOS 8.3 and there are still iPhone 5S users out there who can’t get back to the smooth, speedy experience they had had prior to iOS 8. This issue seems to be rather mysterious, as some people claim factory resets and reboots improved things, while others said that clearing cache and memory had a positive impact.
If you’re having Wi-Fi issues, the easiest way to fix that is by doing a network settings reset. You can do that by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. It will take a minute or two and make sure you have the password for the connection on handy, but it might fix connectivity issues. As I’ve mentioned earlier, not every fix works for every user. Although these iPhone 5S bugs are similar, personal usage and habits can contribute to the issues that you’re having with your phone. The factory reset is the easiest way to find out what is causing your problems as you”ll notice pretty fast if an app is the issue. Although they don’t always work, they usually leave you with a blank slate to investigate further.
Thankfully, iOS 8.3 isn’t as buggy as previous releases and the iPhone 5S is actually doing pretty well with it, in most cases. As with any software, bugs are bound to occur and your phone will never be perfect. But as smartphone enthusiasts, I hope that everybody can accept that and find their own way in the world: set up your phone so that you like it, see what apps you really use and what apps you downloaded just because it was popular and recommended and delete those last ones. Although there’s not much customizing you can do on the iPhone 5S or iOS 8.3 for that matter, you can still make the experience personal and good at the same time.
As for iOS 8.4, its release date is slated for early Summer, although there’s no official word about it. The iPhone 5S should be getting the next installment and we hope that the performance issue many have been complaining about will have been fixed by the time the update goes public. It would do everybody good, as Apple fans are starting to get annoyed by all the bugs they’ve been encountering in Apple’s new version of iOS.