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Apple fixes iPhone 14 Pro Max dual-frequency GPS issues with new iOS 16.1 beta update

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Like most Android phones, the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro finally got dual-frequency GPS support that offers faster lock-ins and better accuracy.

A “Dual frequency precision GPS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou)” reads the list of specifications of the Pro models, while the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus Just Gets The”GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou” support on a single band.

However, because Apple was inexperienced with providing support for both the L1 and L5 GPS band frequencies, Apple was unable to test all the real-world conditions their newfangled GPS accuracy faced with the latest iOS 16.1 beta 1 update.

As a result, the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro of those who wanted to test the beta had issues with embedding, slow location tracking, and random inaccuracies. It seems these must have all been software interface issues, rather than hardware issues, as Apple released a fix in iOS 16.1 beta 2.

This major iOS 16 update, coming later this year, will bring the promised new Apple Fitness+ support and allow third-party apps to post Live activities. The Matter accessories will appear in the Home app and the new Clean Energy Charging option would go live in the US.
Apple also promised the The emergency SOS satellite feature will go live in November, so maybe iOS 16.1 will eventually land on your iPhone 14 series handset to bring all the goodies mentioned above.

Instead of downgrading to iOS 16.0.1, those who have installed the 16.1 beta can simply update to the second beta and have their L1/L5 band GPS issues resolved.

The oldest, L1 band is ubiquitous, but is on a slow 1575.42 MHz frequency, while the newest L5 at 1176 MHz is fast and has a bunker-breaking range, suitable for critical commercial applications such as in the aerospace industry.

L5 is still not as widespread and it is commendable that Apple is providing it on its Pro models this year, although high-end Android phones have been swinging the dual-frequency GPS support for years.

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