Apple’s Second iOS 8 Update Introduces New Frustrations

Many users who updated their iOS devices to the latest version of iOS 8 over the weekend were greeted with several bug patches. However, iOS 8.0.2 might have also surprised you with all new bugs. Many of these new challenges involve severe Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even cellular connectivity issue. Since Apple doesn’t natively support iOS version downgrades, users might be stuck with these issues until another update is released.

Apple released iOS 8.0.1 very briefly before putting it down after users began reporting extensive cellular service and Touch ID problems. The company even issued a formal apology regarding the 8.0.1 update on their knowledge base, encouraging mobile device owners to update to iOS 8.0.2. However, this might not be the ideal fix after all. On their website, Apple claims that this second update “fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.” However, users might be trading in these issues for a slew of new ones.

According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), many mobile users are now experiencing additional connectivity issues on top of a lack of Bluetooth capabilities with on-board automobile computing systems. Apple’s own support forums have reached thousands of views regarding Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity issues. However, there is no official word on how these issues can be remedied.

Apple fan blogs like Cult of Mac report that the Bluetooth bug can be temporarily addressed if users are willing to dig around in their device settings. However, Cult of Mac also notes that this quick fix also “deletes all your iWork related files in iCloud Drive.” If you plan to proceed with this workaround, it’s absolutely vital that you backup your documents first. Once you’ve created a backup of your mobile documents, then head on over to the Settings menu and tap on “General.” Scroll down to the very bottom of this menu and tap on the “Reset” option. Choose “Reset all settings” and confirm that you wish to proceed. The Cult of Mac bloggers have noted that this fix has remedies Bluetooth connectivity issues that they’ve encountered between their own mobile devices and automobiles.

However, this is a very slipshod remedy to a continued problem that iOS 8 users are experiencing. If you’re not comfortable using this quick fix, especially since it can put your iWork documents at risk, then you might want to wait until Apple releases an update that formally addresses these bugs.

If your mobile device is currently suffering from iOS 8.0.2 woes, then keep an eye out for news regarding subsequent updates. Once an update is released, take the following steps to safely install it on your mobile device. Back up your data to iCloud or to your computer via iTunes before proceeding so that you can protect your personal data from glitches. It is recommended that you plug your device into a power source while updating so that your phone doesn’t power off in the middle of the process. Visit the General settings and select “Software update” and “Download and install.” Your phone will automatically go through the update process and restart.

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