Apple’s bad Heritage Day: iOS 8 update pulled and iPhones that bend

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While you were enjoying Heritage Day yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn’t having a very good time at all thanks to problems raised about the brand-new iPhones and Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 8.

Yahoo reported that there’s a bug in iOS 8’s first update (8.0.1) that cuts off cellular access for some iPhone 6 Plus owners, and the phone itself bends quite a bit. Even vanilla iOS 8 is causing hassles: some iPhone 6 owners and people who’ve upgraded their other Apple gadgets to vanilla iOS 8 have reported problems with sluggish WiFi connectivity and rapid battery drain (via PCMag).

While software glitches are fixable, the flimsiness of the new iPhone 6 Plus relative to other iPhones is here to stay, and the practical solution of sticking them into cases that offer more rigidity is an ugly one. Apple fans and much of the world’s media aren’t impressed, and have taken to calling the issue “Bendgate” on Twitter. They’ve also posted images of bent or bending iPhone 6 Pluses for the world to see.

Sales have been fantastic under Cook’s reign – the new iPhones hit record pre-order numbers – but the iPhone 4 antenna issue of 2010, the Apple Maps fiasco of 2012 and the iOS 7 black/white screen of death in 2014 have marred his record somewhat, and these latest problems do nothing to enhance his reputation.

Brian Fitzgerald of The Wall Street Journal blog wrote that Apple released a statement via a spokeswoman that said “We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.”

Of course there’s no word on when a new update will roll out, but this is likely a high priority at Apple and we’d be surprised if it didn’t drop in the next few days.

Sometimes, living in South Africa and only getting things well after they launch overseas has its benefits, and hopefully with a bit of luck by the time the new iPhones are available here these issues will have been ironed out.

[Source – Yahoo, Image – CultofMac]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.