The Story of iOS 8 So Far

ios8It was not long ago that Apple released iOS 8, as well as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. And while I have yet to get an iPhone, I have updated to iOS 8. The first thing I noticed with iOS 8 was it is a hog, it was a huge download and install. The second thing I noticed with it, it was a huge battery drain. My iPhone and iPad did not seem to hold a charge as well as they once had. So my first reaction was, is this iOS upgrade worth the hassle of what you lose in performance and bugginess? Let’s took a look at some of the new features before deciding whether this was a good update or not.

Some of the new features included with iOS 8 are:

  • The Photo App get an update, allowing for smarter albums, and faster searching. As well as adding in new photo editing tools as well. This makes taking pictures with your iPad or iPhone a lot nicer to deal with. And as many other people, my iOS devices are my primary camera, so overall this is a good upgrade.
  • Audio messages can now be recorded and sent in the Messages app, so if you want to send audio you can now. I guess this was never a big deal to me, but sure, that is a nice addition.
  • One of the nicest things is the new functions for keyboards. Keyboards now make typing easier with word suggestions as it tries to guess what you are typing. This is a little nicer than the horrible autocorrect, as you can save yourself some typing. But other feature added is the ability to add third party keyboards to your iOS device. So now for all those Android followers who love their swipe keyboards, you can finally have that on your iOS device by installing a third party keyboard.
  • Family Sharing is another new feature, which allows up to six people in a household to share iTunes purchases, iBooks, and the App Store with each other. This is a nice feature that I know will make a lot of people happy.

There are many more features that I am not going to cover, but information on them can be found on Apple’s website, at https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/.

As I said earlier however, with these new features I found a lot of issues with iOS 8, to the point that I considered downgrading back to iOS 7.  Apps would hang, I would have to close them frequently, as well as power cycling my iOS devices a lot.  So I was looking forward to what would be an iOS 8 update that would fix and address some of these issues.

And so not long after the release of iOS 8 Apple released its first update, iOS 8.0.1 which was online for only a few minutes.  Quickly people who downloaded it found that the iOS 8.0.1 update killed their cell connection and Apple Touch ID.  Luckily by the time I had heard the update was out, which was only about an hour after its release, it had already been pulled by Apple.  This only made me question the choices of Apple and think to myself, we never seemed to have these problems when Steve Jobs was around.  I can say after iOS 8.0.1 my faith in iOS 8 was shaken a bit.

However last night Apple finally released a workable update, iOS 8.0.2 which fixes a lot of the issues in the main iOS 8 release as well as making sure not to break the things that iOS 8.0.1 did.  So far I can say my iOS devices are MUCH more stable after the install of iOS 8.0.2.  So if like me you upgraded to iOS 8 and are seriously wondering what Apple was thinking, I suggest you take the time and do the update to iOS 8.0.2.  Then you can finally enjoy the new features of iOS 8 without all the bugs and performance issues.