After using iOS 8.0.2 on the iPhone 6 Plus for a week it’s clear that while this update fixes some issues it is not close to delivering a bug-free iPhone 6 Plus experience.
Apple rushed iOS 8.0.2 out after a botched iOS 8.0.1 release broke cell phone service on my iPhone 6 Plus and on 40,000 other iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.
Users expect things to just work on a new iPhone, while users of older devices like the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 may expect some issues. Unfortunately this is not the case. The iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.0.2 update fixes some issues, but leaves the largest iPhone yet with some glaring problems that you shouldn’t expect on a $300 smartphone two weeks after release.
After using iOS 8.0.2 for a week there are still some clear issues for the iPhone 6 Plus, that iOS 8.0.1 and now iOS 8.0.2 can not fix. There is hope that the iOS 8.1 release date will bring fixes later this month, but that doesn’t help with the continual app crashes, landscape issues and general bugginess of iOS 8.0.2.
Normally bugs in a small update like this would warrant a do not install warning, but many of these problems carry over from iOS 8, which shipped with the iPhone 6 Plus so simply waiting for the iOS 8.1 release won’t save you from these iOS 8.0.2 problems.
Here’s a closer look at our iOS 8.0.2 iPhone 6 Plus review outlining what this software fixes and what Apple still needs to work on for the next iPhone 6 Plus update.
iOS 8.0.2 Performance
We look at five key areas after installing a small bug fix update like iOS 8.0.2. This short list includes the most important areas of iPhone use from battery life and connectivity to new bugs, how apps perform and the overall speed of the device. Although the iOS 8.0.2 update for the iPhone 6 Plus did not knock out cell service like the previous one, there are still several annoying bugs that users should be aware of. Overall it may be a blessing in disguise that many users are still waiting for delivery of their iPhone 6 Plus.
While I have not run into any apps that won’t work at all on the iPhone 6 Plus there are still odd freezes that stop applications from responding until I am able to use the multi-tasking menu and close an app. The frequency and apps affected vary greatly and it doesn’t often happen in the same app, so it seems more like an issue with iOS 8.0.2 than with the apps themselves.
One upside since the initial iOS 8.0.2 iPhone 6 Plus impressions is that more apps are updated to look nice on the bigger screen. Although this doesn’t change the actual performance, apps look much better which improves the experience of using the iPhone 6 Plus.
iOS 8.0.2 Battery Life
The iPhone 6 Plus battery life on iOS 8.0.2 remains very solid, easily lasting a day and a half of heavy use and on days of lighter use it approaches the two-day mark. It’s clear there is no battery draining bug in iOS 8.0.2 and the iPhone 6 Plus features a huge battery.
After losing cell service for almost tow days with iOS 8.0.1 it was great to see AT&T LTE still listed after the iOS 8.0.2 update installed. WiFi is working well for the most part, but there are still times where it seems to lag before loading a video or app content.
This may be related to iOS 8.0.2 or simply the curse of using Time Warner Cable for Internet access where speeds can shift from 30Mbps down to below dial up speeds in a matter of seconds. Bluetooth is working wonderfully on iOS 8.0.2, though some users are experiencing issues connecting to in-car systems this is not something that impacted my iPhone 6 Plus.
iOS 8.0.2 Bugs & Fixes
The most annoying iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.0.2 problem is when the phone gets stuck in landscape mode and will not return to portrait without accessing the multitasking menu and closing some app. Sometimes I even need to restart the phone. This issue is worse than in iOS 8 and as bad as early iOS 8 betas on the iPhone 5s.
This is doubly annoying because in portrait it is possible to knock out a fast text message with one hand, but there is no possible way to use the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape with one hand. Even switching from portrait to landscape is best done with two hands.
This also happens when taking photos or videos, which can leave you with a video shot in portrait mode even though you held the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape the entire time. This is a seriously annoying iOS 8.0.2 problem.
The overall speed and performance of the iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.0.2 is the same or similar to iOS 8 that shipped on the smartphone in the middle of September. This is fine as there are no real slowdowns on the iPhone 6 Plus as is, only bugs that make the device appear to slow on WiFi and occasionally freeze in apps.
Should You Install iOS 8.0.2
There’s no need to install iOS 8.0.2 unless you want to use the current version of the iOS 8 Health app and need fixes for an annoying third-party keyboard bug. Yes there are other fixes and these are nice additions, but iOS 8.0.2 is just as buggy, if not more so than the iOS 8 software that shipped on the iPhone 6 Plus.
With faster updates rumored and a major iOS 8.1 bug fix possible in weeks there is no pressing need to install iOS 8.0.2 as it may make any orientation issues worse and doesn’t deliver any fix for freezing apps.
What’s Next for the iPhone 6 Plus
It looks like Apple is planning an iOS 8.1 release in the next few weeks to add Apple Pay and a host of new bug fixes to the iPhone 6 Plus. This update cannot come fast enough. Even an iOS 8.0.3 update for the iPhone 6 Plus that fixes app crashes and orientation issues would be a welcome arrival.
The next iOS 8 update for the iPhone 6 Plus needs to arrive fast, and with real fixes to real iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2 problems not just to turn on Apple Pay.