The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are officially available starting today, and all phones come with the latest IOS 16 update installed. However, there is a bug with device activation and migration, which requires a workaround or software update.
According to an internal Apple memo, “there is a known issue for iOS 16 that may impact device activations on open Wi-Fi networks,” according to MacRumors. This impacts all iPhones or iPads that ship with iOS 16, which includes the iPhone 14 series.
However, there is a solution. When prompted to connect to a Wi-Fi network, tap “Connect to a Mac or PC using iTunes,” then return to the previous screen and try Wi-Fi again. Apple also released an update. iOS 16.0.1 update for iPhone 14 series with some fixes, but you cannot update the phone until the activation process is complete unless you connect it to a Mac or PC.
Even after overcoming the initial setup bug (or not encountering it), Apple notes in a support document that you might not be able to receive iMessages or FaceTime calls from your phone number. The solution is also to update to iOS 16.0.1, which thankfully doesn’t require a connected computer once the phone is working.
Source: MacRumors, Apple