Apple Releases, Pulls Back iOS 8.0.1 After More Glitches
Call it a case of "now you see it, now you don't." Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8.0.1, hoping to appease users encountering problems after downloading iOS 8, including fast-draining batteries, Wi-Fi connection problems and crashing apps.
But the tech giant quickly pulled the update after users reported even more glitches such as non-working SIM cards, i.e., not being able to connect to cellular networks, and broken Touch IDs, so they are unable to unlock their phones with their fingerprints.
What exactly happens to users who have already downloaded the buggy update is anybody's guess. One user, noting it was "gonna be a long day," suggested Apple would release a fix for the fix.
That Wasn't Supposed To Happen
The issues surrounding the release iOS 8 and now iOS 8.0.1, certainly was not what Apple had in mind. In fact, the tech giant 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.
That's all well and good but probably cold comfort to all the people with non-functioning iPhones. And that's a lot of people -- just 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.
This Was Supposed To Happen
According to reports, iOS 8.0.1 was designed to address bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voice mail; an issue with the keypad not appearing to enter iCloud Keychain verification codes; a problem with videos occasionally not playing in Safari; a fix for AirDrop support for Passbook passes; and an issue with installing VPN profiles.
Most likely, it will probably take more than one update to fully address all the bugs in iOS 8, and now the bugs in iOS 8.0.1 as well. But, actually, the issues with the bugs in the software updates aren't all that unusual.
Problems with iOS 7, Too
It was no different for iOS 7, which was technically hacked just a few days after Apple released it last year. A bug in the operating system allowed people to access private features in a locked iPhone from the control center, without actually unlocking the phone. Apple put out an update to iOS 7 to patch the bug, just one day after the operating sysem was released.
As for those people dealing with the buggy iOS 8.0.1 release, users commiserating on Twitter seemed to be resigned to waiting for another upgrade from Apple, rather than downgrading to iOS 8.0.
Posted: 2014-09-24 @ 3:45pm PT
Hahaha. Joke of an OS.