Apple iPhone 6 problems and iPhone 6 Plus problems continue in the days after their release and it looks like one growing iPhone 6 Plus problem is starting to frustrate many users of Apple’s big screen smartphone.
In September, Apple released its two brand new iPhones dubbed iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two devices delivered a number of new features to consumers including bigger displays, new specs, and iOS 8, Apple’s brand new iOS operating system. The two new iPhone 6 models have received rave reviews and are considered two of the top devices on the market. They are not without their faults though.
Apple’s rolled out three iOS 8 updates aimed at tackling issues on board its iPhones and iPads including both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iOS 8.1, Apple’s latest update, was aimed at curbing problems that arrived inside iOS 8.0, iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2. And while the update fixed a number of issues we, and many other iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, are still running into problems.
Since the release of iOS 8.1, we’ve encountered numerous landscape issues on both devices. The issue is similar to one found in iOS 8.0.2 where the devices got stuck in landscape mode when trying to shift into portrait. In iOS 8.1, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus consistently get stuck in landscape when in the Messages application. It’s an issue that was supposed to be fixed inside iOS 8.1 but clearly still exists.
We’ve also encountered spotty Wi-Fi connections on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the occasional Bluetooth issue on the iPhone 6 Plus, and a disappearing keyboard on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple’s discussion forums are full of complaints about iPhone 6 problems and iPhone 6 Plus problems including a random crashes and random boot issues that occur after a restart. One thread in particular is filling up with complaints about the problems, primarily on the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, with users going on about freezing, crashes and reboots. Here is how one user describes the problems:
Since restoring from my old iPhone 5S backup onto my 6 Plus 128GB (AT&T) running iOS 8.0, my 6 Plus is laggy (animations are very slow and stutter), freezy (after hitting “done” it often freezes for a good five seconds before registering the click), buggy (the keyboard sometimes doesn’t appear at all, the “halos” around the folders on the home screen sometimes appear and sometimes don’t, seems totally arbitrary), and crashy (whenever doing certain tasks like fast app switching, trying to change wallpaper, and others, the phone crashes, turns off the radios, then shows the Apple screen before rebooting). The crashing is happening once every five to ten minutes, making the phone VERY FRUSTRATING TO USE.
While there isn’t a guaranteed fix, some users are reporting success with a full on factory reset. A factory reset will wipe the device completely, that means apps and files like photos and videos, though it has the potential to wipe out these problems that could be caused by a bad restore from an older iPhone. The issue does not appear to be too widespread though we’ve seen reboots on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in recent days.
For now, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users dealing with crashes, reboots and issues with landscape will need to rely on temporary fixes for their issues. We’ve outlined a number of potential fixes for iOS 8.1 problems. There’s also a chance that Apple’s upcoming iOS 8.1.1 update, currently in beta, will fix some of the bigger issues still on board the iOS 8.1 update.
The iOS 8.1.1 release date is still unknown though with a version in the beta program, it’s clear that an update could be just weeks away for owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8.1.1 is confirmed to have a number of bug fixes on board and could deliver better performance to owners of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.