Bugs and problems with iOS 8 mean that people are downgrading back to iOS 7. This is especially the case for those with older handsets, who find that the new operating system is taking up more space than they have. There are ways around some of the problems, but many wonder whether it is all worth the hassle when the old version worked fine.
One of the newest issues is the “blue screen of death.” It is a term that Windows users will know very well, but has never affected Apple products in the past. Now, more and more iPhones and iPads are crashing, with a full blue screen appearing. This is only temporary, but users are currently trying to figure out why.
iOS 8 is taking up much more space than previous operating systems. This has annoyed many users, who simply don’t have the space available on their devices. It has led to the only option is downgrading until there is sufficient space for the whole update. Some companies have jumped on this problem for their own gain. Microsoft is doubling the amount of free space available on OneDrive—its version of iCloud—to help out those who need the space.
There is a major issue with HealthKit compatible apps. Apple knows about the bug, but is still working on a fix. Those who want to continue using the apps will need to have iOS 7 or earlier. However, the developers have been asked to remove their apps until a bug fix is found.
Many users have been caught out with the iOS 8 bugs, and some are choosing to downgrade for now. Some publications even suggest that people do this until all the issues are worked out. However, there are ways that people can prepare for the bugs and avoid losing all data.
The first is to backup the system before updating. This is something users should do regularly, but most fail to. Backing up before updating the operating system is an extremely good practice to get into, and is worth doing this time. If the update wipes all data, it can be gained back quickly through the backup.
Not all devices are compatible for the new iOS 8. iPhone users with the 4S model or later can upgrade, iPad users with the 2 or later will be safe, and iPad Minis 1 and up and the Touch 5G are also suitable.
It is worth checking that iOS 7 is fully up to date before switching to the new operating system. It will help speed up the process, according to Mac World.
Upgrading the operating system is something that users need to decide for themselves. Not everyone is facing problems, but there are certainly bugs that still need to be worked out. The main concern is the amount of space that is taken up with the new update, which is something that Microsoft is using to its advantage. Some people have found that downgrading to iOS 7 is better than dealing with the bugs and problems with iOS 8 at this time.
By Alexandria Ingham