Apple Launches iOS 8 Update and Pulls It Immediately After
Uh-oh. Just an hour after releasing the latest update for the newest version of its mobile operating system -- iOS 8, Apple is pulling it back after several complaints from users.
On Wednesday afternoon, the mobile technology giant launched the first of many software updates for the latest iOS version used on iPhones and iPads. The release was supposed to fix some issues that have been detected in iOS 8.
But within minutes of the software update, customers have started to complain, particularly about the loss of signal in their devices, rendering them unable to make voice calls. There are others who claim that the Touch ID, which lets users unlock their Apple devices with the use of their fingerprints, has stopped functioning.
Apple, for its part, was quick to address the issues by releasing a statement. In it, the company basically acknowledged the complaints and said that it is pulling back the iOS 8.0.1 update while they are investigating the issues. The company further stated that it will provide information as quickly as they can.
For users, they would no doubt find it a shame that the software update bug is affecting their Apple devices, most especially the new iPhone 6, which recently became the fastest selling Apple handset ever when it was released last week in the United States and in the United Kingdom, selling more than 10 million units in its first weekend.
In some cases, buyers even camped out overnight in an effort to become one of the first few people to own the new Apple offering, and experience the iOS 8, which came pre-installed in the iPhone 6 as well as in its bigger sister the iPhone 6 Plus.
No new operating system is bug-free upon its initial release, and the iOS 8 is no exception. Apple has been working hard to mend early issues with the newest version. Among these issues concerned the eagerly anticipated HealthKit, whose release date has been moved back because of unresolved bugs.
iOS 8's issues should have a ripple effect among Apple devices. Despite being released only as recently as September 17, iOS 8 is already being used by almost half of all Apple devices. According to the company, 46 percent of their mobile products, including iPhones, iPads, and iPods, are using iOS 8. 49 percent are still running on iOS 7 while 5 percent are using older versions of the mobile operating system.
Still, with the latest version of iOS supporting an estimated 4,000 new features, it is easy to see why bugs linger. Having that many features naturally would take some time to clean up.
With "bendgate" and now this iOS 8 software update fiasco, Apple and its users are having a sort of roller coaster ride. It seems that when you are on Apple, nothing ordinary ever transpires.