iOS 8.0.2 STILL Breaks Your Phone


This is getting ridiculous.

After the debacle of iOS8 and iOS8.0.1 comes the new, improved iOS8.0.2!

Which, if inital reports from Australia are to be believed… breaks your phone.

Here’s CNET’s Lance Whitney to explain:

Apple released iOS 8.0.2 on Thursday to fix several bugs introduced in iOS 8.0.1. But have those bugs been completely squashed?

Apple and its users have run into a rough time so far with iOS 8. Launched on September 17, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system soon triggered comments from some users complaining of Wi-Fi connectivity issues, battery drain and slow performance in Safari, among other problems.

iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to fix a variety of issues, including bugs with Safari, cellular data usage and HealthKit apps. But instead, it came with its own baggage.

After installing iOS 8.0.1, many users starting reporting problems connecting to cellular networks and using the Touch ID fingerprint feature. In response, Apple was forced to pull the update and promised to fix those bugs.

Released on Thursday, iOS 8.0.2 is the promised fix. But at least a few users are saying that certain problems remain. In a conversation thread on Reddit, some users apparently based in Australia say they’re still bumping into the same cellular connectivity and Touch ID glitches. So far, the negative comments don’t appear to be widespread. In fact, several people chiming in on the thread say that iOS 8.0.2 is working fine for them

But the following comments have popped up among those still reporting problems following the 8.0.2 installation:

“Same wifi connectivity issues on my iPhone 5S here. Recognises wifi, shows full signal but no functional internet connectivity.”

“No service and broken TouchID here after 8.0.2 direct from 8.0.0. In-phone upgrage (no iTunes).”

“Just updated to 8.0.2, and I seem to have the no wifi problem. Is there a fix for this?”

“Sadly the issues are still there on my Australian 6+ 128GB through an OTA update. Trying an iTunes restore now, if that doesn’t work back it’s back to the atrociously buggy 8.0.”

“I just updated to 8.0.2 and my touch ID is now completely broken! Phone will no longer unlock using my fingerprint. When I go to add a new finger i get a ‘Touch ID Failed’ message. Running a 128GB iPhone 6 plus…ended up giving up on waiting at the apple store as the apple servers were getting hammered and firmware was taking at least 3 hours to update, went onto the macbook there and downloaded ios 8.0 and flashed that back onto it through itunes. All seems to be working now, will hold off from updating to 8.0.2 until everything is sorted. Seems like this is an Australian problem.”

One user was finally able to see a fix for the connectivity issues through a bit of time and effort:

“just updated OTA (over the air) to 8.0.2 on my 6 and touchID and cellular aren’t working…..EDIT: Wifi wasn’t working either but came back after a third reboot. Just did a restore with ipsw for 8.0.2 and cellular seems to work now.”

As always, it’s difficult to tell if these are isolated incidents or symptomatic of a larger issue, at least among Australian users. We’ll have to see how the update fares as more people install iOS 8.0.2 across the world.

So, 3 new operating systems in 9 days on the latest and greatest flagship iPhone which, by the way, bends.

And what do Apple have to say about it?

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

You couldn’t make it up.

Only one way to sort this problem, it seems.

Take the stupid iPhone back.

And get a BlackBerry.


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