Apple Inc. has officially stopped code signing iOS 7 for iPhone and its other devices to make way for the new iOS 8 software. Made public on Friday, this move is part of a natural progression for the global technology company as it pushes the newest version of its operating software into the wider market.
Those who make use of older model Apple devices such as the iPhone 4S and first-generation iPad can still run the software. However, any customers who has upgraded to the new iOS 8 system can no longer downgrade their devices should they wish to. The iOS 7 software was released by Apple in September 2013 and up until recently has operated on all Apple devices. The system was updated as recently as June with the release of iOS 7.1.2.
The company is doing nothing new by encouraging customers to take on the latest operating system. But with the amount of controversy that has surrounded the iPhone 6 and its iOS 8 technology this week, Apple’s decision to stop iOS 7 in order to make way for the new software is generating concern among customers. Although most new software released by Apple has had its share of problems and glitches, some larger than others, the new iOS 8 has suffered extreme media attention thanks to several major issues.
Announced in combination with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, iOS 8 was released with a bug in its “HealthKit” app. In response to this, Apple removed several apps from the system. Within moments of the release of iOS 8.0.1, which was supposed to fix the problem, customers who had received the upgrade reported a loss of cellular network. Many reported that they could not make phone calls and that the fingerprint operating system Touch ID was no longer working.
The update was immediately removed and Apple has since issued a public apology for the faulty software. A second version of the update, iOS 8.0.2, has now been released and seems to have fixed the glitches, though some customers in Australia are allegedly still have trouble connecting to their cellular networks.
These events, coupled with the scandal of the new iPhone 6 plus allegedly bending in customer’s pockets, have shaken the trust that many consumers have held in Apple technology for years. While the company does not have a flawless reputation, one thing it has always enjoyed is the general assumption that its product will work.
Some have even stated that Apple’s relatively clean record is perhaps a cause for concern. With the company’s technology at the fore-front of the market, a serious break-down of Apple software could have widespread consequences. These concerns were partially proven when the iOS software glitches and the allegations of bending iPhones caused the company to lose over $20 billion dollars of value on Thursday. By the end of the day, the company’s plummeting share prices had dragged the stock market down by a full two points.
With its quick apology for the faulty updates and its firm defense of its products, the company has already begun to mend its market price and its damaged reputation. However, this most recent move by Apple to stop access to iOS 7 in order to make way for the latest iOS 8 system may have left some new iPhone 6 owners wondering if they should have downgraded their software when they had the chance.
By Mathew Channer