Apple released iOS 8.0.2 on Thursday to fix the bugs created by iOS 8.0.1. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users complained that they lost their cellular signal and couldn't use Touch ID after downloading iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday. Apple quickly pulled the update after it was released and announced they were working on a fix. Apple told CNBC that "less than 40,000" users were impacted by the problems caused by iOS 8.0.1.
iOS 8.0.1 was originally released to fix an issue with HealthKit and other small problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users. A bug in Apple's HealthKit SDK has delayed developers from releasing HeathKit-enabled apps to the App Store, which was a major selling point of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. The update also resolved an issue affecting 3rd party keyboards and squashed a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari. iOS 8.0.2 also fixes these bugs plus adds improvements to the Reachability feature found only on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it brings better support for the "Ask To Buy" option in Family Sharing. You can see the full changelog below.
It has been a bad week for Apple, on Wednesday the company was forced to pull iOS 8.0.1 because it was disabling people's Touch ID and cellular service, and on Thursday a noted security researcher told The Daily Dot that the company knew before Celebgate about a security hole that left iCloud users vulnerable. Apple has also been dealing with a few users complaints that have gone viral under the name "Bendgate".
The hastag #Bendgate started trending on Twitter after a few users claimed that their iPhone 6 had become bent after being in their pocket. The various forum and blog posts prompted some people to conduct their own "bend" tests which revealed the obvious, the iPhone 6 can be bent and damaged if you apply enough pressure to it.
Just four days after its release on September 17, iOS 8's adoption rate hit 46%, according to Apple's App Store Distribution page. This is well ahead of iOS 7's rate, which hit 52% a week after it was made available.
At the end of May, just three days before Apple announced iOS 8, around 90% of iPhone users and 85% of iPad users had adopted iOS 7, which means iOS 7 has dropped of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% in just a few days.
UPDATE: An Apple spokesperson has confirmed with The Verge that the iOS 8.0.1 update was pulled due to reports that it was disrupting cellular service and Touch ID functionality.
Just seven days after the release of iOS 8, Apple has rolled out iOS 8.0.1 to squash a few bugs. The update resolves an issue that was plaguing third-party HealthKit apps, a third-party keyboard bug that was causing problems with user passcodes, an issue with Safari and more. You can see the complete changelog below.
Apple released iOS 8 on September 17, 2014, just two days before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus . The first developer beta was made available on June 2, 2014. The update added many enhancements and new features, like a QuickType keyboard and HealtKit app, to Apple's OS.
Here's a public service announcement, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not water- or skinny jean proof. Some iPhone owners have reported that their new handsets have been bending in their pockets. A MacRumors forum member said their iPhone 6 Plus was damaged "during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding," while another iPhone owner said his device became bent after he just sat down.
Bendgate isn't really much of a surprise, as Wired points out, both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "just over a quarter-inch thick and made largely of aluminum, a flexible metal". Storing your new iPhone in your tight pants pocket while bending, sitting or moving may cause it to bend and can even lead to costly repairs, as some owners are quickly finding out.
To some consumers battery life is one of the most important features on a mobile device. Apple claims that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus get up to 10 hours of internet use on LTE and up to 14 hours of talk time on 3G. If you are finding that your new iPhone is falling short of Apple's battery claims you may want to check the new battery usage tool found in iOS 8. Just navigate to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage and you'll find a list of apps and how much power they're each using.
The battery usage tool shows you the apps that have used the most battery life in the last 24 hours or last 5 days. The knee jerk reaction would be to eliminate these power sucking apps, but just because they're at the top of the list doesn't meant they're evil battery killers. It just most likely means you use them a lot.
Last week was clearly a very busy week for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), as the Cupertino giant released the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8. Tim Cook even opened the Palo Alto Apple Store himself to usher in the next generation iPhone. Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was on site at the Sydney Apple Store for the event.
iPhone 6 sales were record breaking for the company, with over 10 million units sold in the first three days. Stock prices didn't react much during the week, hovering around $101 for most of the week and closing at $100.96 on Friday. Today is more of the same, with the price at $100.97 as of this writing, down from an opening of $101.80, which it reached in after hours trading.
iPhone owners have been stuck using Apple's default iOS keyboard since it was originally released in 2007, but now iPhone and iPad owners can choose to replace Apple's offering with a variety of third-party keyboards available on the App Store. Jailbreakers and Android users have long known about the advantages of having different keyboard options, but now all iOS 8 users can see why it is important to have choices. Here's a list of iOS 8 supported keyboards you can test out on your iPhone or iPad. It is worth at least checking out one or two of these third-party keyboards so you can know what you have been missing out on all these years. You can always go back to Apple's default keyboard if you don't find anything that you like.
Fleksy Keyboard: $0.99 (Universal) - Even before iOS 8 was released the developers behind Flesky have been working hard to improve the keyboard experience on iOS devices. Flesky claims to be "the fastest keyboard in the world" and it has received positive reviews from several publications such as Time Magazine. Flesky allows users to customize their keyboard with different themes and use swiping gestures to add punctuation, delete words and so on. The keyboard also includes over 800 emojis and support for over 40 languages.
The jailbreak team behind the Pangu iOS 7.1.x jailbreak announced on Weibo that they have begun working on hacking iOS 8. This does not mean an iOS 8 jailbreak tool will be released anytime soon, but it is good to know that someone is working on a solution since other developers, like the evad3rs, have been silent about their plans for future jailbreak releases.
The PanguTeam caused an uproar in the jailbreaking community in June when it burned two exploits to release its Pangu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak. However Comex, the creator of JailbreakMe, expressed his support of the PanguTeam when he said he was happy that "public jailbreaks are no longer a monopoly."
If you didn't already preorder the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you may be waiting longer than a week if you order it now. Despite record output, Foxconn has been unable to keep up with the enormous demand for Apple's new flagship phone.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the manufacturing giant's main site in Zhengzhou, China, has over 200,000 workers on around 100 production lines that operate around the clock. According to a source there, "[the site has] been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders."