Apple rushes out second iOS 8 update

Apple has rushed out a second update for iOS 8 after the initial operating system and its first update were riddled with flaws

Apple has rushed out the second update for its newly-released iOS 8 mobile operating system after the initial version and first update were riddled with flaws.

The company claims iOS 8.0.2 fixes all the problems encountered with the original version and the first update.

For the first time, Apple was forced to withdraw an update from its App Store after iOS 8.0.1 affected the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor and how the device connected to mobile networks.

The first update was aimed at fixing the wireless connectivity, power consumption and other problems of the original version.

Although embarrassing, the firm’s decision to withdraw the update within an hour of it going live, meant fewer than 40,000 users downloaded  it, reports The Verge.

"We apologise for inconveniencing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1,” Apple said in a statement.

According to company, iPhone users should now have full functionality restored with the latest fix, as well as access to HealthKit apps made available on the App Store for the first time.

Besides problems with cellular network connectivity, fingerprint sensor and HealthKit apps, iOS8.0.2 fixes issues relating to:

  • Third-party keyboards becoming deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Some apps being unable to access photos from the Photo Library
  • Unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Ringtones not being restored from iCloud backups
  • The inability to upload photos and videos from Safari

Apple also claims the latest update improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and improves support of the Ask To Buy for Family Sharing feature for In-App Purchases.

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The iOS 8.0.2 update is available now over Wi-Fi or by connecting to a computer and launching iTunes. 

The latest version of Apple’s operating system is important to the company because it represents a significant revamp of Apple’s operating system in a bid to keep up with Google and Samsung.

The flaws in the original release and first update have prompted questions about Apple's quality-assurance processes.

But Gartner analyst Van L. Baker says the missteps are quite understandable because version 8 involved significant changes to iOS, including 4,000 new application programming inferfaces (APIs).

"The issue is not bugs but how fast and effectively Apple responds to them," he told TechNewsWorld.

The publication speculates that Apple may be a casualty of its own success. For most operating system producers, it can take months to get even a third of users to upgrade to a new version.

In Apple’s case, however, 50% of 700 million iOS users upgraded within days of the release of iOS 8, accelerating the rate at which bugs are discovered.

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