Tech-Friendly: Bending iPhones and iOS 8.0.2 update
By Paul Gorski
I was trying to avoid another Apple Inc.-centric column this week. I do use other technology, but Apple just cannot stay out of the news.
Apple recently issued an update, iOS 8.0.2, to the newly released iOS 8 for iPhones, iPads and certain iPod Touches. 8.0.2 fixes some significant bugs in v. 8 and 8.0.1. However, if you have updated to iOS 8 but not to 8.0.1, hold off on the 8.0.2 update. There appears to be a bug in 8.0.2 — if you do a factory reset on your iOS 8 device with patch level 8.0.2 in place, you may lose some data in your iCloud account. That said, if you were unlucky enough to update to 8.0.1, update to 8.0.2 and avoid performing a factory reset.
If you have not updated to iOS 8 from iOS 7, wait. Wait until Apple releases iOS 8.0.3 or greater. Why? Once you upgrade to iOS 8, you cannot reinstall iOS 7 on your iOS device; Apple has blocked that downgrade path. So, wait for Apple to fix the initial iOS 8 bugs before upgrading.
Some new iPhone 6 users complained they were able to bend their new phones too far, as much to break the phones, and these stories received a fair amount of press. Consumer Reports tested these claims and found the phones were not as “bendy” as first reported. See this report at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/consumer-reports-tests-iphone-6-bendgate/index.htm. Essentially, any phone with an aluminum frame will bend.
I am running iOS 8.0.2 on my iPhone 5c and I am still not wowed a week into the upgrade. My phone does feel a little perkier after the 8.0.2 patch, and I have not experienced any glitches. I am not disappointed — it works, but I do not believe the update warrants a glowing review.
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple lle.
Posted Sept. 30, 2014