Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.0.1, an update to the latest version of its mobile operating system that includes a number of minor improvements. But the software update was quickly pulled as it was found to cause loss of cellular service and Touch ID functionality on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, the company has posted a new support document that suggests a workaround for the issues brought about by iOS 8.0.1.
Simply put, Apple’s workaround involves downgrading affected devices to iOS 8.0. But the required procedure, which is similar to the method that has been suggested by users, is not so straightforward.
As outlined by Apple, the steps for reinstalling iOS 8.0 on your iOS 8.0.1-handicapped iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are as follows:
- Make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes.
- Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
- Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won’t restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0.
- Download the file below that corresponds to your device:
- Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes:
- Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update.
- Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update.
- Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone.
Apple points out that after iOS 8.0 reinstallation, the Health app will no longer work. But it promises a fix for this and other issues with the release of iOS 8.0.2 in “the next few days.”
In the meantime, check out the following musical performance dedicated to “To The Team Behind iOS 8.0.1″:
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