Apple Investigating iPhone 7 Bug Causing 'No Service' After Turning Off Airplane Mode

iphone6-ios9-settings-cellular-cellulardata-dataroamingApple is aware of and investigating an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus issue that can result in the loss of cellular service after turning off Airplane Mode on the devices, according to internal documents obtained by MacRumors.

In the meantime, Apple has advised authorized service providers to instruct customers to restart the affected iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. If no service persists, Apple advises customers to remove and re-insert the device's SIM card.

In a video shared with MacRumors by reader Yasser El-Haggan, an iPhone 7 can be seen with no service alongside an iPhone 6s with two bars of LTE after Airplane Mode is toggled off on both devices. Both of the iPhones are said to be AT&T models, which means the iPhone 7 has an Intel modem rather than a Qualcomm modem used for Verizon and Sprint models.

All of a sudden today my iPhone 7 Jet Black model started not getting internet service -- can’t make outbound calls or receive calls -- even though it showed 4 bars. I then put it in Airplane Mode, and back off, then it showed no service. It got pretty warm in the top right hand corner.

I then took a video of my wife's iPhone 6s right next to my iPhone 7, put them both in Airplane Mode, and then switched Airplane Mode off and you can see immediately that the iPhone 6s gets signal instantly, and the iPhone 7 just sits there searching. I then took her SIM and put it in my iPhone 7, no luck, put my SIM in her phone, and it got signal right away.

El-Haggan said he took his iPhone 7 to an Apple Store, where the Genius Bar swapped out the device with a new one. The employee had allegedly seen the issue on a few previous handsets, and he immediately replaced the device per Apple's instructions in lieu of running a basic diagnostic test. Apple appears to have replacement iPhone 7 models reserved for these scenarios per standard policy.

Top Rated Comments

The Doctor11 Avatar
58 months ago
AIRPLANE GATE EVERYONE STAY CALM!

Not to be confused with the Galaxy Note 7 airplane gate that doesn't let you take them on planes.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kycophpd Avatar
58 months ago
Does this hissing stop when this happens? Maybe it's a feature. Sounds courageous to me.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chr1s60 Avatar
58 months ago
Wouldn't be an iPhone launch if there weren't multiple bugs that people try to blow out of proportion.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Razeus Avatar
58 months ago
This is ridiculous Apple. QC is in the gutter for the last few years at Apple.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bingeciren Avatar
58 months ago
This is no bug. It is the second phase of the Beta testing. Code name the Gamma Phase, a.k.a "Field Test"
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
58 months ago
Maybe Airplane mode is looking for an AirPort router to land on.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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