It was mid-September when Apple officially released its most recent operating system iOS 8.0.2 available for iPhone and iPad. Just as expected, it delivered several big time enhancements and among those that are include are its battery usage, accessibility, Photos app, iMessage and many others.
The first update for bug fix that Apple released was iOS 8.0.1. It was rolled out during the last week of September but was found immediately to cause more issues for the company’s latest flagships iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and so Apple pulled it out just after an hour of being available for download. What happened was that the Touch ID stopped working for thousands of users of the latest devices all around the world and the connectivity died too. What Apple did was pulled the plug on its released iOS and made a promise that it will fix the issue.
Without wasting a lot of time, Apple made good on its promise to issue a fix to the problem with the iOS 8.0.1 and so it pushed out the iOS 8.0.2 before September ended. Even with the beta iOS 8.0.1’s arrival, it’s still the iOS 8.0.2 that stays as the current update of the operating system for iPhones and iPads.
Now that iOS 8.0.1 is out of the picture, the internet gadgets forums are bombarded with questions regarding the iOS 8.0.2. There many iPhone and iPad users asking whether the new operating system is worth downloading or not. To help answer this question, this article will provide a review of this updated OS and how it works for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and some iPads.
iOS 8.0.2 for iPhone 6
The problems that Apple iPhone 6 users experienced after updating their software with iOS 8.0.2 made them revert back to iOS 8.0 but they were required a copy of the firmware file of the iOS and access to a computer that has iTunes which left many users in a lurch. The number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users that we are talking about is not less than 40,000 with the update that was only available for an hour or so before Apple pulled it back. Before you install the latest iOS, its best that you know the key glitches that many users have found and some of them are the following:
- Touch ID. This may be the biggest glitch that the iOS 8.0.2 have not fully addressed yet and across discussion boards of Apple’s website, users are complaining that the Touch ID feature on their phones simply doesn’t work. This means that they are not able to use their fingerprint in unlocking their device and they can’ make payments for music, books and apps on it.
- Extremely useful when making hands-free calling while driving, a lot of iPhone 6 users are saying that they can’t connect their device to their car’s system and when they do, the connection just drops every now and then and the person on other line cannot hear them.
- Third-party keyboard. The initial goal of the iOS 8.0.1 was to address the flaw that saw third-party keyboards killed off but it didn’t happen and now the iOS 8.0.2 has failed to.
- No service. A lot of users still claim that they seem to lose cellular service very often
Just like the botched update, the iOS 8.0.2 aims to address bugs and according to what we’ve found circulating the internet, the following are including in the change list of the new software:
- The iOS 8.0.2 fixes the issue with the iOS 8.0.1 that affected the Touch ID and mobile network connectivity on iPhone 6.
- Fixes a bug so that the App Store can already release Apple’s HealthKit apps.
- Solves the issue on 3rd party keyboards that may be killed off when entering the user’s passcode.
- Addresses the issue that hinders some applications from accessing Photo Library images.
- Enhances the reachability features on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
- Fixes a bug issue that didn’t allow the uploading of videos and photos from the browser Safari.
- Addresses an issue where at times, ringtones were not restored using the iCloud backups.
- Fixes an issue that causes the consumption of mobile data when a user receives SMS and MMS.
- Improved support of Ask to Buy for Family Sharing feature.
Apple didn’t provide any specific explanation as to what exactly happened to the iOS 8.0.1 for it to go wrong but according to some users, they were able to proceed with the update through iTunes and they didn’t have issues with it anymore until Apple pulled it out.
iOS 8.0.2 for iPhone 6 Plus
The poor software released that made its way to public hands is another problem for Apple especially now that it is trying to address the problem on the iPhone 6 Plus models bending in the pockets of users. There have been a number of videos that circulated the internet showing the iPhone 5 Plus being bend by hand. Now for the software iOS 8.0.2, most of the iPhone 6 Plus apps are working fine with the latest Apple software but there are some users complaining that a few of their apps are freezing. As for the battery life, the iPhone 6 Plus’ is not affected by the installation of the iOS 8.0.2.
Some users have attested that they still are having with being stuck in the portrait or landscape mode which happens when they are using an application. Those who face this face needed to quit the app that’s having an issue.
Well, looking at the issues associated with the use of the new iOS 8.0.2, we can say that these are just minor ones that if you have an iPhone 6 Plus, you should still consider installing the update on your phablet. This update will bring about improved support for third party keyboards and the HealthKit app which you shouldn’t miss. In case you’re still skeptical about installing this new software, you may have to wait a little more for the iOS 8.0.3 that is rumored to arrive in some weeks or months from now.
iOS 8.0.2 for iPad Air
While there have been a lot of issues that went on for the iPhones with the new iOS 8.0.2, the experience of iPad Air users when installing the new software has been overall good. The installation process is just a bit time consuming considering that it’s not even a major update but the applications are working alright, no freezing whatsoever. The connectivity features and the battery life of the iPad Air aren’t affective with the new update though.
iOS 8.0.2 for iPad Mini with Retina Display
Just like the iPad Air, the apps on iPad Mini with Retina Display works perfectly after it is updated to the latest iOS and its users doesn’t even have any complaint about charging problem or change to the battery life of their devices. The same thing goes for the connectivity front– it’s not negatively impacted with the update in any way. The iOS 8.0.2 does seem like a stable update for this device so if you’re currently using the iPad Mini with Retina Display, you should seriously consider installing the iOS 8.0.2 to get help with fixing bugs which came with the iOS 8.
How to Get Rid of the iOS 8.0.1
Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 is no longer available for download because of its bugs that the company is still trying to address but what would you do to use your phone after you’ve downloaded the iOS 8.0.1? The only way that you can get rid of the non-existent iOS and remove all the errors that came with it, you would restore your device and it will run like normal again. If you don’t know how to go about restoring your iOS device, all you need to do is visit the support page of Apple and you’ll find detailed instructions there.
Is iOS 8.0.2 Worth Installing or Not?
The iOS 8.0.2 for various Apple devices stated above sets up the right response to the question about whether it’s worth installing the new software or not. If what you have is an iPad Air or an iPad Mini with Retina display just like the one’s reviewed, you will be probably in the best shape installing the iOS 8.0.2 because your device would surely work very smoothly on the new software. On the other hand, if you’re an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus user, you might as well hold off on the iOS 8.0.2 update if you aren’t dealing with a ton of issues on your iOS 8 because even if the performance of the new OS is good for most parts, there are bugs that need fixes first and it is something that you should seriously consider.
It’s a bit astonishing that a giant in the smartphone industry would release an update with glaring issues as mentioned above considering that it might have gone through a lot of tests before making its way into public hands. Well, let’s just go back to famous adage that nothing is perfect and what’s nice to see is that Apple is doing its best to fix the issues.
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