Despite being heralded as “the biggest iOS release ever,” Apple’s iOS 8 might also turn out to be its biggest flop thanks to a litany of glitches and bugs that have plagued its initial release and subsequent updates.
As hordes of the Apple Faithful flooded Apple’s servers on Day 1 of the release, it appeared that the rollout was moving along fine, even if adoption rates overall were slower compared to that of iOS 7 last year (likely due to the huge amount of space required to initiate the upgrade). But as reviews started to pour in, Apple’s slow servers would turn out to be the least of its concerns.
iPhone and iPad owners who updated to iOS 8 are complaining about issues with third-party keyboards, Apple’s own native keyboard, iMessage glitches, multitasking gestures, frequent crashes of the Settings app, laggy notifications, and overall sluggishness.
Naturally, user outrage rose to a fever pitch on Twitter:
I’m pissed at how fast the battery drains on iOS8. One hour and 13 minutes and it’s already down to 68%. #iOS8bugs
— Rachel Smith (@LovesickMonst3R) September 24, 2014
I love the new features of iOS 8 on my 5s, like limited battery life (yes, I turned everything off) and extra slow wifi. #ios8bugs
— Miss Carly (@PoisonPinkFluff) September 23, 2014
#iOS8 IS causing battery problems. And no new emojis. DISAPPOINTED? Very
— 94 Baby (@NinetyFourBaby) September 17, 2014
To its credit, Apple rolled out an update a week later, but it somehow managed to make things worse. Instead of patching the bugs that made an otherwise well-received release into a nightmare, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1 suddenly found themselves unable to make calls, use wireless data or TouchID. Apple pulled iOS 8.0.1 an hour later, promising another fix soon.
Late Thursday, Apple issued the iOS 8.0.2 update, which follows quickly on the heels of the flawed-and-quickly-pulled 8.0.1 update that disabled Touch ID and cellular capabilities on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This latest update not only addresses these issues but reinstates the improvements and fixes initially found in iOS 8.0.1.
As an added bonus, it appears that HealthKit, Apple’s infrastructure for allowing third-party health apps to communicate with each other, is finally working as well. So while this certainly appears to be the end of the road for the iOS 8 debacle, some are holding out for a possible iOS 8.0.3 down the road. Only time will tell.
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