Apple pulls faulty iOS 8.0.1 update

September 25, 2014 | 12:01

Tags: #bug #iphone #iphone-6 #iphone-6-plus #update

Companies: #apple

Apple has been forced to withdraw its latest iOS 8.0.1 update on the same day it was released, following the discovery that it left users of its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unable to connect to their mobile networks.

Launched yesterday to address bugs in the company's latest iOS 8.0 operating system, an upgrade for its previous generation mobile devices and the stock operating system for the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, iOS 8.0.1 was offered as an over-the-air update for mandatory installation. Bugs fixed by the issue include the enabling of HealthKit-supported applications to be listed on the App Store, problems with third-party keyboards - a new feature of the operating system - being automatically deselected, and further problems with reliability, excessive data usage, and the Safari web browser.

Sadly, iOS 8.0.1 caused more problems than it fixed, with users of the company's newest handsets reporting that the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system stopped working and their handsets became unable to connect to their mobile network for data or voice transmission following installation. Apple confirmed the flaw late yesterday, pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update from its servers and advising users who had already installed the package to reinstall iOS 8.0 - complete with the bugs 8.0.1 was supposed to fix - to regain use of their phones.

The company has indicated that it is working on a revised version of the patch, which will launch 'as soon as it's ready in the next few days' under the version number 8.0.2.

UPDATE 26/09/2014
Apple has now released iOS 8.0.2 for over-the-air and tethered downloads, with initial indications being it includes the new features and fixes from iOS 8.0.1 without the faulty update's various failings. All owners of compatible iDevices are advised to update.
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