Cleared to Update Program

At Bad Elf, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to our customers. One of the strengths of the app-based innovation on iOS is the speed at which updates are made to the hardware, operating system, and apps. These updates improve design, functionality, and security. However, the pace of updates adds some complexity and risk for customers using these solutions in mission-critical environments where downtime is not an option.

Our Pledge

We test Bad Elf accessories with all iOS releases available from Apple, including betas. We will notify our customers immediately if any critical compatibility issues are discovered, and we will work closely with Apple and our app partners to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Whenever a new iOS update is released to the public, we will perform another test pass within 48 hours and report the results via this page and social media.

Our Recommendation to You

If you rely on Apple iOS devices or Bad Elf products for mission-critical operations, we strongly recommend that you wait at least a week before installing any updates to iOS, apps, or firmware. This time period is usually adequate to identify any critical issues and gives vendors time to notify their customers.

Bad Elf's "Cleared to Update" Program

This page serves as the most current source for iOS operating system and firmware updates for Bad Elf products. When an update is released, we will update in real-time our progress of device testing so you as a customer know when it is safe to upgrade. For iOS updates, this testing process will be completed within 48 hours of public release.

 

Recommended iOS Version: iOS 11.2.6

(Last Updated: April 2nd, 2018 - 14:24 EST)

How do I update my iOS software? →   How do I update my firmware? →

11.3
Release date:

March 29th, 2018

Status:

Testing in Progress

11.2.6
Release date:

February 19th, 2018

Notes:

This release addresses the incompatibility issue users of the Original Elf (BE-GPS-1000) experienced in iOS releases 11.2.1 -> 11.2.5

Status:

Testing Complete: Cleared to update

11.2.5
Release date:

January 23rd, 2018

Notes:

Release exhibits same behavior as v11.2.1 - Users of the Original Bad Elf for the Dock Connector in conjunction with an Apple 30 pin to Lightning adapter are encouraged to not update.

11.2.2
Release date:

January 8th, 2018

Notes:

Release exhibits same behavior as v11.2.1 - Users of the Original Bad Elf for the Dock Connector in conjunction with an Apple 30 pin to Lightning adapter are encouraged to not update.

11.2.1
Release date:

December 13th, 2017

Notes:

A compatibility issue existed between the Direct Connect Elf for the Lightning Connector (BE-GPS-1008) and apps receiving data through location services. In further testing, a similar problem was found to extend to the original Elf for the Dock Connector (BE-GPS-1000) when used in conjunction with an Apple Adapter.  This issue is apparent on all devices running iOS 11.2.1. 

For owners of the Direct Connect Elf for the Lightning Connector (BE-GPS-1008) Our engineers have been able to implement a fix for the incompatibility found with iOS 11.2.1.  A firmware update, v1.0.24, is available via the Bad Elf app.  You can find instructions to help you through the update process here.

For owners of the Original Bad Elf Dock Connector (BE-GPS-1000)  NOTICE:  Do not update beyond 11.2.   Unfortunately, the mechanism allowing the patch on the Lightning model doesn't exist on the earlier Elf.  Any correction to the incompatibility will have to occur in the operating system.   If you have updated your Apple device resulting in the inability to use your Elf, we are willing to address any specific situations on a case by case basis.  Just contact our support team.  

11.2
Release date:

December 2nd, 2017

Notes:

Testing not complete at time of subsequent release of iOS 11.2.1  

Status:

N/A

11.1.2
Release date:

November 16th, 2017

Status:

Testing Complete: No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf Accessories

11.1.1
Release date:

November 9th, 2017

Status:

Testing Complete: No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf Accessories

11.1
Release date:

Oct 30, 2017

Notes:

This iOS version is introduces over 70 new emojis along with numerous bug fixes https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208067.

Status:

TESTING COMPLETE: We're happy to report this release clears up the previously reported issue found in earlier iOS 11 versions.

11.0.3
Release date:

October 11th, 2017

Status:

Testing complete: same status and open issues as 11.0.1 and 11.0.2 below.

11.0.2 
Release date:

October 3rd, 2017

Status:

Testing complete: same status and open issues as 11.0.1 below.

11.0.1 
Release date:

September 26th, 2017

Notes:

First public bug fix release for iOS 11.

Status:

Testing complete: although most users will not be affected, we did identify two (2) issues that can impact military and flight simulation customers. Both of these have relatively easy workarounds, so users can decide when to upgrade. We expect these issues to be resolved in a future iOS update.

For pilots and other users with mission-critical requirements, we always recommend waiting two weeks and checking with your app vendors before performing major iOS version updates.

The two issues identified are:

  1. Potential loss of GPS lock for military (or other fast) jet pilots within 30 mins of enabling Airplane Mode on iOS 11 devices
  2. Flight simulation not working with devices running iOS 11.0 or 11.0.1
iOS 11 
Release date:

September 19th, 2017

Notes:

Major iOS release.

Status:

Testing complete: although most users will not be affected, we did identify two (2) issues that can impact military and flight simulation customers. Both of these have relatively easy workarounds, so users can decide when to upgrade. We expect these issues to be resolved in a future iOS update.

The two issues identified are:

  1. Potential loss of GPS lock for jet pilots within 30 mins of enabling Airplane Mode on iOS 11 devices
  2. Flight simulation not working with devices running iOS 11
10.3.3 
Release date:

July 19th, 2017

Notes:

Minor release addressing security concerns.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf Accessories

10.3.2 
Release date:

May 15th, 2017

Notes:

Minor release addressing security concerns.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf Accessories

10.3.1 
Release date:

March 28th, 2017

Notes:

Most notably a WiFi Security Patch as well as addressing a seperate issue effecting the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf Accessories

10.3 
Release date:

March 28th, 2017

Notes:

Apple is addressing a number of security issues and bug fixes with this update. You can find the release notes here.

Status:

Testing incomplete at time of subsequent release of 10.3.1.

10.2.1 
Release date:

January 23rd, 2017

Notes:

Apple is addressing a number of security issues and bug fixes with this update. You can find the release notes here.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf Accessories

10.2
Release date:

December 12th, 2016

Notes:

Variety of new features and fixes, most notably over 100 new Emoji have been added and a fix described as follows: "Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with 3rd party accessories"

Status:

Preliminary testing shows that there are no known issues in relation to compatibility with the Bad Elf. The limitation that was found with earlier issues of iOS 10 appears to have been resolved.

 

10.1.1
Release date:

October 31, 2016

Notes:

This update specifically fixes an issue where Health data could not be viewed for some users.

Status:

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. You can read more via our blog post (October 13).

 

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10.1
Release date:

September 24, 2016

Notes:

This update includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.

Status:

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. You can read more via our blog post (October 13).

 

10.0.2
Release date:

September 23, 2016

Notes:

This update includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.  We are not aware of any fixes specifically for accessories or location-based apps.

Status:

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. You can read more via our blog post (October 13).

 

10.0.1
Release date:

September 13, 2016

Status:

This update includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.  We are not aware of any fixes specifically for accessories or location-based apps.

Status:

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. You can read more via our blog post (October 13).

 

9.3.5
Release date:

August 25, 2016

Notes:

This update includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.  We are not aware of any fixes specifically for accessories or location-based apps.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.3.4
Release date:

August 4, 2016

Notes:

This update includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.  We are not aware of any fixes specifically for accessories or location-based apps.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.3.3
Release date:

July 18, 2016

Notes:

This update includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.  We are not aware of any fixes specifically for accessories or location-based apps.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.3.2
Release date:

May 16, 2016

Notes:

This minor update includes Bluetooth audio fixes, bug fixes, and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.3.1
Release date:

March 31, 2016

Notes:

This minor update fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.3
Release date:

March 21, 2016

Notes:

This update includes updates for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch gaining improvements to Notes, News, Health, Apple Music and a new feature called Night Shift that may help you get a better night's sleep by shifting the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum at night. This release also includes additional improvements and bug fixes.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.2.1
Release date:

January 19, 2016

Notes:

This minor update contains security updates and bug fixes, including a fix for an issue that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.2
Release date:

December 08, 2015

Notes:

This update includes improvements to Safari including an improved Safari View Controller for viewing websites within apps and easily dismissing them afterwards, the addition of Arabic language support with Siri voice assistant for the first time, and more.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

9.1
Release date:

October 21, 2015

Notes:

This update was released with new features, improvements, and bug fixes including Live Photos intelligently sensing when you raise or lower your iPhone, and over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

 

9.0.2
Release date:

September 30, 2015

Notes:

This minor update was released with a fix that prevented iMessage activation for some users, iCloud backup, improved stability of Podcasts, and more.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

9.0.1
Release date:

September 23, 2015

Notes:

This minor update was released with fixes where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating, alarm bugs, and more.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

9.0
Release date:

September 16, 2015

Notes:

We’ve completed a full test pass against this release, and have found it to be stable with Bad Elf products and common apps used in aviation, marine, and survey/GIS.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

8.4.1
Release date:

August 13, 2015

Notes:

We’ve completed a full test pass against this release, and have found it to be stable with Bad Elf products and common apps used in aviation, marine, and survey/GIS.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

8.4
Release date:

June 30, 2015

Notes:

This release fixed the iOS bug affecting most external GPS receivers, and we highly recommend upgrading to this version if you haven't already. You can read more in this blog post.

Status:

No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

8.3
Release date:

April 8, 2015

Notes:

DO NOT INSTALL iOS 8.3. This update introduced a bug that prevents GPS data from flowing from most external GPS receivers. We alerted our customers via our mailing list and social media within 48hrs. You can read more via our blog posts (April 10, April 25, and May 20).

Status:

Resolved in iOS 8.4 update (see above)

8.2
Release date:

March 9, 2015

Notes:

This iOS version is generally stable, but still suffers from some of the bugs affecting all Bluetooth accessories since the release of iOS 8.0.

Status:

No critical compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

Learn How to Update the iOS software on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

iOS software updates introduce new features that let you do even more with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Be sure to keep your devices up to date so that you don't miss out on the latest features.

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Learn How to Update the Firmware on Your Bad Elf GPS Hardware

Firmware updates improve your Bad Elf hardware while interacting with the iOS software as well as enhancements to GPS satellites. Be sure to keep your devices up to date so you don't miss out on the latest features.

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