Apple users who have downloaded iOS 8 since its release last week report they are encountering a number of problems with the new operating system. Among the top complaints are fast-draining batteries, Wi-Fi connection problems and crashing apps.
When it announced the release of iOS 8, Apple said the operating system would deliver a "simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience." In addition to 4,000 new APIs (application programming interface), iOS 8 features a new level of security that prevents Apple from being able to bypass users' pass codes. The change means it's no longer "technically feasible" for Apple to access data on users' devices in response to government warrants.
As of Sunday, four days after iOS 8 became available as a free software update, 46 percent of Apple devices were using the new system, according to the company’s developer support page. Another 49 percent were still using iOS 7, while 5 percent continued to use older versions of Apple's operating system.
‘More Bug-Ridden than Beta’
Numerous posts have popped up on Apple's online support forums in recent days seeking fixes to a variety of iOS 8-related problems. Among users' complaints: "My battery drains very fast (100 percent to zero in about 4 hours with minimal usage"; "Wi-fi not working well at all"; "Apps are crashing"; "Texts going out and coming in are messed up"; and "Applications such as MDN, Zite, and Goodreader are now unstable."
In addition to suggested fixes being posted on Apple's forums, other sites are also offering ways to resolve iOS 8 problems. OSXDaily, for example, has published an extensive guide on how to address Wi-Fi connection problems, while Forbes posted a "lessons learned" follow up to its "Guide to What's Great in iOS 8."
"(I)t’s worth noting that not a single iOS release has come and gone without at least some users reporting some troubles with battery life," noted Forbes contributor Mark Rogowsky. "Often these get resolved in a(n) x.0.1 update and frequently the trouble is with specific apps. In my time with the release version of iOS 8, I’m finding the experience more bug-ridden than the beta."
iOS 8.0.1 Lurking?
We tried reaching out to Apple to learn more about when it expected to make iOS 8 fixes available, but have not yet received a response. However, according to reports in MacRumors, Apple was already working on an updated version of iOS 8 -- iOS 8.0.1 -- ahead of last week's release date.
"Web traffic from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks peaked around the time of Apple's media event before tailing off a bit, but Apple does indeed appear to have provided the update to carrier partners and MacRumors has received word from a source that the updates addresses (sic) several bugs present in the iOS 8 golden master version released to the public last week," the site reported Tuesday.
Among the issues iOS 8.0.1 will reportedly address are problems with call forwarding and freezing, videos not playing on Safari and troubles involving installation of VPN profiles.
"A release date for iOS 8.0.1 is not yet known, but it could appear fairly soon given that it is already in the hands of partners for testing and approval," according to MacRumors.
Posted: 2014-09-26 @ 1:26pm PT
Safari won't connect to known servers
Posted: 2014-09-25 @ 1:20pm PT
Can't print from my iPhone 5 to wireless printer anymore.
Posted: 2014-09-24 @ 12:50am PT
I have to say, i regret updating my iPhone 5S to iOS 8. All kinds of problems occur, like the battery drains too fast, the wifi problem.
Posted: 2014-09-23 @ 3:14pm PT
In the Notes app, the keyboard covers the text. And not only that, it does the same thing in all my apps rendering my iPad useless! USELESS! What is wrong with Apple these days. I want my Steve Jobs back! Waaaaaa!
Posted: 2014-09-23 @ 1:39pm PT
Having many problems that I did not have before.
Posted: 2014-09-23 @ 12:07pm PT
The biggest issue is iTunes. Songs are not syncing. I had to purchase Match just to get music in the cloud, and then make sure each song is on my device. A few of my friends are having the same problem.