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How to fix your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus after the iOS 8.0.1 update destroys it

Zach Epstein
September 24th, 2014 at 2:08 PM
iOS 8.0.1 Bug Fix

Apple just released a brand new software update for its mobile device lineup. If you install it on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it will break your phone. That’s right, Apple’s meticulous quality control team allowed iOS 8.0.1 to be released with some of the worst bugs we’ve ever seen; after installing the update on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, your phone will no longer be able to connect to cellular networks and Touch ID will not work anymore.

Luckily, there’s a relatively easy fix.

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Simply connect your phone to iTunes and back up your data. Then, click the “Restore iPhone” button and follow the on-screen instructions. It’s a huge pain, but at least it’s better than having your shiny new iPhone turned into a big expensive iPod touch.

Here are direct downloads for iOS 8 if you have trouble downloading it through iTunes (save the file to your desktop and then hold Alt/Option (or Shift if you’re using a Windows PC) while clicking on “Restore iPhone” in iTunes, then select the newly saved file):

For those without access to a computer with iTunes right now, you’re unfortunately out of luck. We’ll update this post if anyone finds a way to fix the problems that doesn’t require a computer.

UPDATE: Here’s Apple’s statement: “We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can.”

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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