Yesterday afternoon Apple started with distribution of its iOS 8.0.1 update. Having just looked at a leaked list of bugfixes and improvements, we were happy to see the update already going live, but those good feelings didn’t last for long, as users were quick to take to social media to report major new issues being introduced with 8.0.1, especially a near-phone-killing bug that broke cellular radio connectivity. Apple subsequently pulled the plug on the update, but what happens now? In a new statement, the company confirms plans to deliver 8.0.2 in the days to come, as well as provides users with a tool to downgrade back to the original iOS 8 release.
Such a move back to a previous iOS release is unprecedented for Apple, but sure enough, it’s released files for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that will allow owners to dial-back their phones to pre-8.0.1 software. Even that’s not an idea solution, leaving the Health app inoperable, but at least you’ll get back Touch ID functionality and your phone will be able to talk to cell towers again.
The long-term fix is going to require 8.0.2, which Apple indicates it’s working hard to get out in “the next few days.” There’s no firm ETA, but at this point we’re fine with giving Apple all the time it needs to make sure this release is properly tested, and assured not to introduce further glitches to our phones.