It was reported that the original iOS 8 that everyone was waiting for had a couple of kinks in it. Apple’s latest operating system is much buggier than the last generation iOS 7. The iOS 8 crashes 78% more than the iOS 7 according to ZDNet. Some say that this is because it’s the first public release of the operating system. However, the fact that it’s not doing at least equally well to the last generation iOS 7 is quite upsetting for Apple users who have waited quite a while for this upgrade.
The iOS 8 brought new features such as Continuity, third-party keyboards and the Notification Center. But with it, the WiFi speed on the devices have slowed down and issues with battery life have arisen. The problem regarding WiFi has been quite bad as the forums log multiple pages of negative feedback. The affected gadgets are, well, everything – the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini, and more. Batteries are draining much faster than usual with one complaint even stating that in four hours, the battery on an Apple’s users device went for 100% to zero! These are just the two out of plenty other bugs being reported. In addition, iOS 8 has caused significant issues for some people who connect their phones to their cars and other devices via Bluetooth, according to numerous reports on the Apple Support forums.
So, what has Apple done in response to these complaints? The Cupertino tech giant has released an update called iOS 8.0.1. According to MacRumors, the update addresses bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voicemail as well as fixes an issue with keypad not appearing to enter iCloud Keychain verification codes. It also fixes a problem with videos occasionally not playing on the Safari browser and fixes AirDrop support for Passbook passes. In addition, iOS 8.0.1 addresses an issue with installing VPN profiles. We cheered and said, “at last! a solution!”. Even though no mention was made to better the performance and stability of devices with the update, we thought at least there is some improvement.
We celebrated too soon. Just as the iOS 8.0.1 rolled out to fix bugs, it created an even bigger problem. The iOS 8.0.1 apparently breaks Touch ID. TechnoBuffalo reported that the system failed to recognize anything when an attempt was made to log in into an Apple device. When the fingerprint was deleted, an attempt was made to register a new one. Well, that ended up as a disaster when the system starting sending failed messages over and over. An attempt to complete reboots did not fix the issue. Worse than this, other issues with wireless connectivity on mobile networks.
Issue after issue after issue with the iOS 8. Apple has since pulled iOS 8.0.1 update to investigate reports. The major problems with the update should have been spotted by the Apple team before it released the update if you ask us. Well, you live and you learn. Fortunately, the tech tycoon has released the iOS 8.0.2 to correct the bugs in both the original iOS 8 as well as the iOS 8.0.1.
The major issue with the Touch ID cause by the iOS 8.0.1 update could be reverted by switching back to the original iOS 8. If you don’t want to do that, you can just install the iOS 8.0.2 update! It seems that this time the update does fix the previous bugs! It fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The update also fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store as well as addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode. It further fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library and fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages. In addition, users get improved reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases. Lastly, the iOS 8.0.2 fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups and fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari.
We haven’t been hearing any major problems being reported with the iOS 8.0.2. It might be too soon to tell but after a long journey, I think it’s safe to download the latest update from Apple. If you do experience any issues however, do let us know in the comment section below! We would love to hear about your experience with Apple’s operating system.