Problems remain in iOS 8.0.2, new bugs added
iOS 8 update problems continue to plague users and alleged security flaw appears.
iPhone users who upgraded to iOS 8.0.2 are still suffering from a swathe of problems, with existing bugs such as broken Touch ID remaining and new bugs in the software.
iOS 8 was rolled out on 17 September, but users quickly complained they could no longer use Wi-Fi and their batteries were being drained.
The company issued an initial update, iOS 8.0.1 on 25 September, but had to pull it after a few hours when a new set of bugs prevented users from using Touch ID to log into their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets, and had adverse effects on mobile connectivity.
A second update, iOS 8.0.2, was delivered the next day in the hope of resolving all these bugs.
However, not only do reports suggest the iOS 8.0.1 bugs still exist, but new ones have appeared. These include problems accessing certain webpages in Safari, as well as difficulties entering passwords, dropped calls, and being unable to send text messages.
Users have - of course - taken to social media to vent their frustration with the latest update.
Top iOS 8.0.2 features so far: alarms that keep going after I turn them off, spotlight not returning any apps in results, crash-on-unlock.
— Matt Rix (@MattRix) September 30, 2014
Merely the act of downloading iOS 8.0.2 to my iPhone has deleted all the music from it. God knows what would happen if I installed it.
— William Petty (@Microlambert) September 30, 2014
On Apple's own support forums, users have complained of problems with the Photos app and camera, claiming some of their pictures are "messed up" and not in the right order.
"iOS 8.0.2 made my iPhone 5 completely useless and from what I have read I'm not the only one," said another user.
New security flaw?
Perhaps more worrying than the new usability bugs, however, are reports the latest version of iOS contains a serious security flaw.
A video by EverythingApplesPro posted to YouTube appears to show a person bypassing an iPhone's security protocols by enabling the "hey Siri" function, asking a question and, while Siri is "thinking", touching the home button or swiping right.
While the flaw was initially taken to be genuine, Gizmodo and International Business Times have both suggested it is either faked or simply Touch ID acting on "a hair trigger".
We've independently tested the claimed flaw on an iPad Mini with Retina display running iOS 8.0.2, which does not have Touch ID, but was unable to recreate EverythingApplesPro's results either.
Apple had not responded to a request for comment regarding the new bugs or the alleged security flaw at the time of publication.