Apple stepped out of the norm yesterday when it released iOS 8.0.1, a software patch that was supposed to fix bugs in iOS 8 but which made matters worse when it deactivated Touch ID and cellular connections on smartphones. The quick fix is to downgrade back to iOS 8 – we have a how-to guide on how to do that for you – but Apple promises a bigger fix soon.
The company published a document on its support page recently that also provides a workaround to the solution, which is essentially the same guide we already ran. “We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 to with a fix to the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days,” the support document says. Apple doesn’t offer an apology though probably should, especially for folks who might have installed the update and don’t have the tech know-how to do a full restore to an earlier version of iOS 8.
Apple also warns that after reverting to iOS 8 you’ll find that the Health app will no longer work. That’s a fair trade for Touch ID and the ability to place phone calls. No word on when iOS 8.0.2 will actually hit, but Apple’s probably working around the clock right now.