Three weeks ago, Apple released iOS 8.2 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to replace its iOS 8.1.3 update. Now that the update has hit this new milestone, we want to take a look at what we’ve learned about iOS 8.2 on iPhone 5 after using it for the past three weeks.
Earlier this month, Apple took the stage at its Spring Forward launch event and announced an Apple Watch release date, a new 12-inch MacBook, and the start of the iOS 8.2 roll out. The company confirmed the iOS 8.2 release for shortly after the event and within a few hours, the company made the new software available to iOS 8 users around the world.
iOS 8.2, as we have pointed out many times, is not your average incremental iOS update. iOS 8.2 features a huge change log that includes the Apple Watch app, numerous security enhancements, improvements to stock apps like Mail, and a laundry list of fixes for iOS 8 problems on iPhone, iPad and iPod. It’s a big update and one that we’ve been digging into regularly in an effort to offer feedback to iOS 8 users.
Apple’s iOS 8.2 update is now three weeks old but that hasn’t stopped the questions from rolling in. These questions come from power users, average users, and people who heard things from a friend who heard things from a friend. All walks of life. So we’re doing our best to reach out to everyone.
The iOS 8.2 is the iPhone 5’s second major iOS 8 update (iOS 8.1 being the first). Many iPhone 5 users have installed the software already, others are still looking into it. Today, we want to offer some feedback for current users and advice for prospective iOS 8.2 users as we dig into iOS 8.2 on iPhone 5 at the three week mark.
You Can’t Go Back to iOS 8.1.3
If you own an iPhone 5 and you’ve already made the move to iOS 8.2, you’re stuck. And if you’re an iPhone 5 user who is thinking about making the move to iOS 8.2, well, now your decision is a little more important than it used to be.
Apple’s plugged up the iOS 8.1.3 downgrade option. This means that those of you who moved up to iOS 8.2 in the early goings are now stuck on iOS 8.2 until Apple releases a new piece of software, probably iOS 8.3. The release could be weeks or even months away, we’re still not sure. Either way, you’re going to want to get comfortable.
Those of you still on iOS 8.1.3 and below will be stuck on iOS 8.2 if you choose to install the software that’s likely popped up in your settings. So you’re going to want to be really, really confident about iOS 8.2.
Something to keep in mind for next time: Once Apple releases a new iOS update, you typically have two weeks or so before it plugs up the downgrade. So when iOS 8.3 is released, you’ll likely have two weeks to move back down to iOS 8.2 if it’s not playing nicely with your phone or tablet.
iOS 8.2 Jailbreak Still MIA
If you own an iPhone 5 and you’ve made the move to iOS 8.2, you’re going to need to remain patient. It looks like the jailbreak team behind the TaiG iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak is still working on an iOS 8.2 jailbreak but it’s still not clear when it might come out. With another iOS 8 update probably just weeks away, it’s possible that they’ll hold the exploits for Apple’s new update. It’s impossible to tell at this point given the lack of information.
What we do know is this: If you want to jailbreak your iPhone 5 and you haven’t moved to iOS 8.1.3 or iOS 8.2, do not move yet. If you’re currently jailbroken on iOS 8.1.2 or below, same thing. Do not move to iOS 8.2 until the all clear is given.
iOS 8.2 Problems Continue
iOS 8.2 problems continue to emerge for iPhone and iPad users. Apple’s discussion forums are filled with complaints about iOS 8.2 problems though most of the issues that we’ve seen are isolated and not widespread. Still, these issues should be a cause for concern for those of you that haven’t upgraded to the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 users are complaining about overheating and battery life issues, the usual problems with Wi-Fi connectivity, an odd bug in the status bar, issues powering the device up, network issues, problems when locking the iPhone 5, various other network issues, and more. Again, most of the recent problems we’re seeing aren’t widespread.
If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 8.2 just yet, we suggest gathering feedback from other iPhone 5 users before making your move. You assume some risk making the move to iOS 8.2 so you’ll want to be absolutely sure that this is the right move, especially if you don’t plan on upgrading in the near future. You don’t have to upgrade and you can be as patient as you want.
If you have upgraded to iOS 8.2 and you are running into similar problems, know that we’ve put together a list of fixes for iOS 8.2 problems that will serve as a great point of reference. These fixes aren’t guaranteed to work but they’re a great starting point. We always recommend seeking out fixes from other iPhone 5 users and other sites. Sometimes, its the lesser known fixes that work.
iOS 8.2 on iPhone 5: Three Weeks Later
I’ve been using the iPhone 5 iOS 8.2 update for three weeks now. Last week, I offered up another full length review that covers everything from app performance to battery life on iOS 8.2.
Instead of a full review at the three week mark, I’m just going to offer some quick thoughts about the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone 5. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if you want to install.
- Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth are fine three weeks after installing.
- Battery life is excellent and I haven’t seen any drain.
- App experience has been normal. Google really needs to update Chrome again though. Crashes constantly.
- I haven’t run into any major bugs.
- Speed, or lack thereof, is still a problem. iOS 8.2 is faster than iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1 but it’s still not fluid. Animations are slow and jagged, opening up apps and folders often feels clunky.
iOS 8.3 Release Date
If you’re on the fence about iOS 8.2 or if you’re dealing with iOS 8.2 issues that you can’t seem to fix, know that Apple’s next iOS 8 update could come a lot sooner than you think.
Apple’s iOS 8.3 is currently in its fourth developer beta, second public beta, and rumors point to a public release after the fourth beta. That’s not confirmed but it’s clear that Apple is making progress towards a public release. If you want to try it now, you can download the iOS 8.3 beta though there are some reasons why you might want to avoid it.
The iOS 8.3 update is going to be another big incremental update. In addition to new features, it should come with fixes that help to stabilize the iPhone 5 ahead of a possible iOS 8.4 update and iOS 9 later this year. Yes, the iPhone 5 should get iOS 9.
So if you aren’t too keen on making the move to iOS 8.2 right now, and many of you probably aren’t, know that another big iOS 8 update (and perhaps the final major iOS 8 update) could be coming soon. We expect it to arrive in April or May though again, nothing is confirmed.