ALERT: Issue prevents Bluetooth connectivity with more than two iOS 10 devices [RESOLVED]

October 13, 2016 3 Comments

LCD screen showing (MAX) Bluetooth connections

Update (19-DEC-2016): This issue has been fixed in iOS 10.2.  If you still have trouble connecting more than two iOS devices to a single Bad Elf GPS unit after updating to 10.2, please contact our support team.

Summary: If you need to connect more than two iOS devices simultaneously to your Bad Elf GPS receiver, avoid upgrading to iOS 10 if you have not already done so.

After several customer reports we've verified that there is an issue preventing more than two devices running iOS 10 from connecting simultaneously to a single Bad Elf GPS receiver. This affects all of our Bluetooth GPS receivers, as well as those from other manufacturers.

Some additional notes:

  • The Bluetooth status screen on our LCD will show "(MAX)" when this situation is encountered.
  • Devices running iOS 7, iOS 8, and iOS 9 are not affected.
  • Devices running Windows or Android are not affected.

We've submitted a bug report to Apple and are working with them to isolate the issue. We will update this blog post as we get more information.





3 Responses

Richard Moore
Richard Moore

December 12, 2016

I just tried it, first impressions is that it looks like it is fixed in iOS 10.2.

Richard Moore
Richard Moore

December 12, 2016

iOS 10.2 was just released. I assume the issues were fixed now?

Richard Moore
Richard Moore

October 24, 2016

Has this been resolved with the release of iOS 10.1. The change log said it contained some Bluetooth fixes, but was not more specific.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

Affordable High-Accuracy GPS for Education

October 25, 2016

Obtaining high quality geographic information systems (GIS) data depends on effective field data collection. Poor field collection wastes labor resources and ultimately undermines the value of your GIS database.

GPS receiver capabilities range from survey grade (centimeter level accuracy) to consumer grade (~5-meter level accuracy). Of course, this demands a cost-benefit tradeoff ranging from free to prohibitively expensive for most educational institutions. Between these two extremes lies mapping grade GPS, which delivers 1 meter accuracy.

View full article →

Announcement: New Bad Elf App and Firmware for the GNSS Surveyor Accessory (Post-Processing and DGPS Support)
Announcement: New Bad Elf App and Firmware for the GNSS Surveyor Accessory (Post-Processing and DGPS Support)

September 13, 2016

View full article →

Announcement: Bad Elf Supports High Accuracy Location in Esri Collector

June 28, 2016 1 Comment

View full article →