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

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Apple resolves the iPhone 14 Pro Max dual-frequency GPS issues with a new iOS 16.1 beta update
Just 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 "precision dual-frequency GPS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou)" reads the specs list of the Pro models, while the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus simply gets the "GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou" support on a single band.

Being inexperienced with providing support for both the L1 and L5 GPS band frequencies, however, Apple couldn't test for all the real-world conditions their newfangled GPS accuracy faced with the newest iOS 16.1 beta 1 update.

As a result, the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro of those who wanted to test the beta suffered lock-in problems, slow location tracking, and random inaccuracies. It seems that all those must have been software interface glitches, rather than hardware problems, as Apple issued a fix in the iOS 16.1 beta 2.

Coming some time later this year, this major iOS 16 update will bring the promised new Apple Fitness+ support, as well as 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 Emergency SOS satellite function will go live in November, so perhaps that's when the iOS 16.1 may ultimately land on your iPhone 14 series handset to bring all the abovementioned goodies.

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

The oldest, L1 band is ubiquitous but situated on a slow 1575.42 MHz frequency, while the newest L5 on 1176 MHz is fast and with bunker-busting reach, suitable for critical commercial applications like in the aviation industry. 

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

AT&T iPhone 14 Pro Max can be had for just $99, or $1000 off

Get the iPhone 14 Pro Max on AT&T for $1000 off when trading in an eligible smartphone, on a qualifying installment and a qualifying Unlimited plan (basically every unlimited plan other than the Unlimited Value Plus plan).
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Save with Verizon's iPhone 14 Pro Max One Unlimited iPhone plan offer

Verizon has a new and exclusive One Unlimited for iPhone plan bundle with the 14 Pro Max and will give you $1000 towards its purchase for any iPhone 11 Pro and up, even with cracked screen damage. Get Apple One (Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud+) in one plan, with Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband to boot. Switchers get $200 extra in the form of a Verizon gift card.

T-Mobile iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1000 discount with Magenta Max

T-Mobile also offers up to $1000 off any iPhone 14 series with 24 monthly bill credits when trading in an eligible device on Magenta MAX; Business Unlimited Advanced, Ultimate or Ultimate+ for iPhone; or the equivalent Sprint plan.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max can be traded down by up to $720 at Apple

Apple doesn't offer many deals on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, save for its less than generous $720 trade-in for the next best iPhone models.
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