Yesterday, Apple released its new iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update brings a number of enhancements and fixes but according to some iPhone and iPad users, it also brings some problems. iOS 8.2 problems are starting to emerge in the aftermath of the update’s release and today, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the issues plaguing Apple’s latest iOS update.
Last year, Apple put the iOS 8.2 update into its beta program ahead of a public release. In the weeks that followed, iOS 8.2 release rumors pegged it for a release before the arrival of the new Apple Watch. Yesterday, Apple confirmed those rumors as it not only announced the release of iOS 8.2 on stage next to the Apple Watch, it started rolling the new update out to iOS 8 users.
iOS 8.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is here and it delivers some big time new features including changes to the Health app, enhancements for the Mail app, and bug fixes for a number of iOS 8 problems. iPhone and iPad users struggling with iOS 8 problems were hopeful that it would come with a lengthy list of fixes and it did. But that doesn’t mean that iOS 8 is in the clear.
Incremental updates like iOS 8.2 always have the potential to have a huge impact on iPhone or iPad performance. In some cases, it’s positive. In others, negative. While the iOS 8.2 update is still new, we’re already hearing about some iOS 8.2 problems plaguing iPhone and iPad users.
With iOS 8.2 problems swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves, potential fixes, and a look at what the future of iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch looks like right now.
iOS 8.2 Problems Plague iPhone & iPad Users
Apple releases incremental iOS updates to fix lingering issues. iPhone and iPad users discover new problems and problems that didn’t get fixed by the current firmware. The cycle repeats.
The fact that iOS 8.2 problems have started to emerge for some iPhone and iPad users should come as a surprise to no one. iOS updates, big and small, always fix some bugs. They also tend to bring their own collection of problems, some new and some old. iOS 8.2 is no different.
Apple’s new update is extremely new which means that we haven’t seen a ton of complaints emerge yet. However, as time goes on and more users find out about iOS 8.2, we should see the list grow.
We’ve starting to see the usual complaints about battery life issues. They aren’t as loud as they normally are but that could be a product of the iOS 8.2 update’s age.
— Jacky W. (@mediatejack) March 9, 2015
iOS 8.2 sucks at battery’s life.
— Paulus Binsar (@paulus666) March 10, 2015
iOS 8.2 drain more battery than before. Only 6 hours @AppIeOfflciaI
— darkamon (@666darkamon666) March 10, 2015
Wow battery is draining like crazy. iOS 8.2 effect? #iPhone6
— Deepak Abbot (@deepakabbot) March 10, 2015
Downloaded the new IOS 8.2. 100% battery now 8%🔋😫#crapIOS8
— Ian (@078Ian) March 10, 2015
Battery life issues aren’t the only iOS 8.2 problems users are complaining about. iOS 8.2 users are complaining about broken Messages, an issue that seems to be growing as more people install the update. We’re seeing the usual complaints about broken Wi-Fi. We’re also seeing issues with cellular reception, various installation issues, problems with Bluetooth including issues in the car, performance issues on the iPhone 6, problems with apps, and more. This should be the tip of the iceberg given that we’re just 24 hours removed from the iOS 8.2 update’s release.
It’s important to point out that most of these iOS 8.2 problems are isolated issues. There are a few, battery drain in particular, that seem to be affecting quite a few people but most of these issues appear to be limited to just a few users. Right now. Again, bugs have a habit of showing their faces hours, weeks and sometimes months after an iOS release.
We point these iOS 8.2 problems out for a few reasons. One, we want to generate discussion because discussion always leads to potential fixes. And two, as a reminder.
iPhone and iPad users, even those of you that have owned a device for a long time, need to be cautious when it comes to iOS updates. Even big like iOS 8.2. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these iOS releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can certainly try.
iOS 8.2 Problems Not a Problem for Some
While we’re seeing a number of complaints about iOS 8.2 problems, we’re also getting positive feedback from some iPhone and iPad users. Some users claim that iOS 8.2 actually helped their battery life. That seems to be the case for some people on social media as well. iOS 8.2 didn’t come with any battery life fixes in the change log but as we’ve noted many times, iOS updates have a habit of fixing issues that aren’t listed there.
We’ve posted our initial iOS 8.2 impressions for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and we’ve rounded up feedback from iPad 2 and iPhone 4s users. What we, and many others have found, is that iOS 8.2 is an extremely stable update. That’s not surprising. This is an update that spent a ton of time in the beta program and its release followed six iOS 8 bug fix updates. It had a solid foundation.
We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve spent some more time with iOS 8.2 but so far, the update has been treating all of our devices extremely well. iOS 8.2 brings some important bug fixes and enhancements to the iPhone and iPad and so far, we’ve been unable to detect any hero level issues plaguing these devices. Most problems, again, are isolated.
There Are Fixes for iOS 8.2 Problems
If you do happen to stumble upon an iOS 8.2 problem, you should know that there are probably some fixes out there for that problem. We recently put together a list of common iOS 8.1.3 problems and fixes for those issues. These very same issues are impacting the iOS 8.2 update. Go figure.
Many of these fixes have been passed down from update to update so there are some proven solutions in there. These fixes, which range from fixes for battery life problems to installation problems aren’t going to work for everyone. That said, they are worth a try if you do run into some problems after getting the update on board.
Our fixes are going to be a great starting point though we think you need to keep your eyes open. Apple’s Discussion Forums always provide a number of potential fixes for serious issues and the MacRumors community is solid as well. Keep these in mind so that if you do run into issues with iOS 8.2.
You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.1.3
For the time being, you can downgrade to iOS 8.1.3. Apple is currently signing off on the update though it will stop doing so at some point in the future. That means that you’re going to need to act fast if you don’t like iOS 8.2’s performance.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the downgrade process. It will take a little bit of effort but it could prove beneficial to those of you that do run into iOS 8.2 problems on the iPhone or iPad.
iOS 8.3 Release Date MIA
If you happen to run into an iOS 8.2 problem or two on your device, you’re going to need to be extremely proactive. Whether that means looking for fixes or downgrading is up to you.
We say that because there’s no guarantee that Apple will roll out an iOS 8.2.1 update. If it has one in the works, it’s not saying. We would not be surprised if it did though without any hero level bugs, there may not be much incentive. We will see.
Apple’s next confirmed update is iOS 8.3. The update, which is in its second beta, is expected to go through two more betas before it’s released to the public. That could mean that the release is still months away. And even then, it probably won’t fix everything and it could bring some problems of its own. Just like iOS 8.2.