Every year when Apple releases a new major version of iOS 17 (and a new iPhone), users end up finding some strange bugs , which are usually fixed with software updates. Following reports of overheating issues with the iPhone 15 Pro, some users are experiencing problems with Wi-Fi on iOS 17, especially on iPhone 15 models.
Wi-Fi issues affecting iPhones
Some 9to5Mac readers told us they were having issues with Wi-Fi after updating to iPhone 15 or iOS 17. According to reader David Chen, apps can't load content or the connection seems very slow. 9to5Mac reader and app developer Willian Max also told us that he noticed unusual slowness when connecting his iPhone 15 Pro Max to Wi-Fi.
Personally, I noticed the same problems on my iPhone. Despite being connected to Wi-Fi, my iPhone simply stops loading content in apps like Threads, TikTok, or even Safari. Sometimes the problem disappears after a few minutes. In some situations, I have to manually disable and reconnect Wi-Fi on my iPhone to get it to work again.
At first I thought the problems were related to my network, but then I noticed that this was not the case. Only happened to my iPhone 15 Pro Max and M2 iPad Pro (both running the latest version of iOS). When Wi-Fi stops working on my iPhone, I can still browse the web on the same network using my Mac.
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An online search revealed more users reporting similar issues, most of them on new iPhones. A user on the Apple community forums reported that Wi-Fi intermittently cuts out on his iPhone 15 Pro, but works fine on all other devices. On X, a user said that “pages load very slowly” when his iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
Do any of you have an iPhone 15 Pro? I wonder if it's just me, but most of the time connecting to Wi-Fi is a joke!? I returned to Apple from Samsung, but I'm not laughing now…
— ganweaving.bsky.social (@GanWeaving) September 29, 2023
There are similar reports on Reddit. One user claims that adjusting the Wi-Fi channel range to 20 MHz, 40 MHz or 80 MHz solved the problems. “I'm connected but every now and then my iPhone won't receive any data so I put it in airplane mode and turn it off again and it works again,” another user said in the same post.
Users are waiting for a fix
We still don't know if this is a widespread problem or if it only affects a small number of users. 9to5Mac reached out to Apple for comment, but the company has yet to acknowledge or deny that there are Wi-Fi issues affecting iPhone users. Hopefully, these problems are caused by a software bug that can be fixed with an iOS update.
How does Wi-Fi work on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 17? Let us know in the comments section below.