It has been three weeks since Apple released the iOS 8.2 update for the iPhone 6. And now that the update has hit this milestone, we want to take a look at what we’ve learned about the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone 6 after using it for the past three weeks.
Three weeks ago, Apple took the stage at its Spring Forward launch event to announce new Apple Watch release details, confirm a brand new 12-inch MacBook, and reveal the iOS 8.2 release date. As expected, Apple confirmed the iOS 8.2 update for the same day as the event and several hours later, iOS 8.2 and its changes became available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 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 tons of changes like the addition of 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 pretty regularly.
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 6’s second major iOS 8 update (iOS 8.1 being the first). Many iPhone 6 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 the iOS 8.2 update at the three week mark.
You Cannot Go Back to iOS 8.1.3
The first thing that all iPhone 6 users should know is that there is no turning back to iOS 8.1.3 once you’ve made the move to iOS 8.2. That makes your decision far more crucial.
Apple’s closed up the iOS 8.1.3 downgrade which means that once you upgrade to iOS 8.2, you’re going to be stuck on iOS 8.2 until Apple rolls out its next iOS 8 update. That could be a few days away, it could be a few months away. We aren’t sure.
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 6 and you’ve been thinking about jailbreaking iOS 8.2, you’re just going to have to remain patient especially if you’ve already made the move up to iOS 8.2.
It appears that 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 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. Most of the issues that we’ve seen are isolated and not widespread though they are still a cause for concern for those of you that haven’t upgraded to the iOS 8.2 update for iPhone 6.
If you haven’t upgraded yet, we suggest gathering feedback from other iPhone 6 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. Remember, Apple doesn’t force you to install its iOS updates. So you can just sit back and be patient.
If you have upgraded 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 6 users and other sites. Sometimes, its the lesser known fixes that work.
iOS 8.2 on iPhone 6: Three Weeks Later
I’ve been using the iPhone 6 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, I’m just going to offer some quick thoughts about the iOS 8.2 update at three weeks. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if you want to install.
- Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth still working fine.
- Battery life is excellent.
- The iPhone 6 is fast with iOS 8.2 on board.
- Google Chrome is still crashing all the time but that’s nothing new.
- I haven’t run into any major bugs.
- One annoying issue has returned: Landscape issues. These have been plaguing my iPhone 6 since launch. I’m hoping an upcoming update (iOS 8.3, iOS 9, something, anything) fixes them.
iOS 8.3 Release Date Could Emerge Soon
If you’re on the fence about iOS 8.2 or if you’re dealing with 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 another major iOS 8 release.
iOS 8.3 is going to be another big incremental update. In addition to the new features, it should come with fixes that help to stabilize the iPhone 6 ahead of a possible iOS 8.4 update and iOS 9 later this year.
So, if you aren’t too keen on making the move to iOS 8.2 right now, 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 nothing is confirmed.