Apple flubs iOS 8.0.1, instructs users to downgrade

iOS8IconXFirst its bendgate, and now iOS 8-gate appears to have frustrated some early adopters of the latest iPhones. Earlier today, Apple pushed iOS 8.0.1 live to fix a number of outstanding problems with iOS 8.0.0; however, when done, owners of the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus found they could not connect to cell networks and their Touch ID stopped working.

As a result of this problem, Apple has instructed users to downgrade their systems in preparation for iOS 8.0.2 which should be out within a few days:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

If you have updated and are experiencing these problems, then perform the steps Appel outlines in this knowledgebase article, to restore your iPhone back to iOS 8.0.0.

Apple notes that after performing these steps, the Health app will not launch properly (though it has been limited by the withholding of HealthKit), but your phone should now connect properly.

This fix is a temporary measure to get your phone running again, and a true fix that will enable the Health app should be out very soon.

3 thoughts on “Apple flubs iOS 8.0.1, instructs users to downgrade

  1. GS

    The conundrum of updates. Updating right away often brings new problems, delaying leaves known security flaws in place. Having a Guinea pig device to test on helps.


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