Apple has promised to roll out a new iOS 8 update in the “next few days” that will fix the issues plaguing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who updated to iOS 8.0.1. In the meantime, users are being advised to downgrade to the initial iOS 8 release that came pre-installed on their devices.
When Apple rolled out iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, it was supposed to fix problems with HealthKit, iCloud Library, and improve the reliability of Reachability — amongst other things. But for those with a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, it wasn’t quite as welcome as it should have been.
Not only did the release disable Touch ID, but it also completely prevents Apple’s newest devices from making a cellular connection — so users who installed it are unable to make calls or send text messages. Unsurprisingly, Apple quickly halted its rollout, but not before many had a chance to install the update.
The company has now promised that it will release iOS 8.0.2 in the “next few days” to fix this problem — and bring back the patches that were supposed to come in iOS 8.0.1. It has also published instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8 for users who wish to make calls and use their handsets like a regular phone in the meantime.
It’s quite astonishing that an update with glaring issues like this could make its way into public hands, but it’s nice to see Apple is slowly working to fix it.