Apple is struggling for it’s new iOS and now it comes with 8.0.2 the upgraded version to set things right. The new software upgrade was following by the days before landing of thousands of new iPhones. Though it has not been an easy week for Apple or iOS 8. One day after a bungled iOS update disrupted key features on thousands of iPhones, Apple on Thursday issued a follow-on version of the software to set things right.
The newest update, iOS 8.0.2, is available immediately. The bruise to Apple’s public image — also dinged in the last few days by the discovery that its iPhone 6 Plus can be bent — may take longer to heal. “iOS 8.0.2 … fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1.”
The impact of the bug was startling. Immediately after downloading iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, users began reporting that their iPhones could no longer connect to a cellular network to make calls. In addition, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on some devices ceased working, meaning people could not unlock their phones.
Apple reacted quickly, putting a stop to the 8.0.1 update after just a little over an hour, saying that it was investigating the reports of problems and promising that 8.0.2 would come “as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.” It also issued a workaround for those who’d lost cell service or the use of the Touch ID feature.
The company said that the problems affected fewer than 40,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices. Those latest-model phones had only just started arriving in consumers’ hands last Friday, and Apple had said that in the first weekend of sales, consumers had scarfed up 10 million of the devices.
So now perhaps Apple can start to catch its breath, or at least move on to other issues. As it often is, September had already been a busy month for the company, starting with a splashy event at which the company unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, notable for their larger screen sizes, and its long-anticipated wearable, the Apple Watch. The third big introduction at the event was the Apple Pay mobile payments service, will go into effect for the two new iPhones — through another iOS 8 update — in October.