After releasing iOS 8.0.1 yesterday and having to immediately pull it, Apple has now released iOS 8.0.2 as an over the air update, which is supposed to fix the new problems introduced with yesterday’s release along with the bug fixes included in 8.0.1. I recommend waiting to update until this release has been out long enough for any additional issues to surface. Once you decide to update, remember backing up your iPhone or iPad is still recommended before applying any update.
If safe, the newest release fixes issues with third party keyboards not appearing after device is locked, enables the use of the Health app, fixes issues some apps were having with accessing your photo library, and improves reachability functions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. See 9 to 5 Mac for more information.
Earlier today, Apple released an update to iOS 8 that promised to fix many of the issues that were in the operating system after its general release on September 17th. Unfortunately iOS 8.0.1 was not properly bug tested and caused owners of the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus to be unable to use TouchID or connect to a cellular network. Fortunately, the issues were discovered before must people were aware of the update and Apple has since removed the update.
If you were unlucky enough to install the update and you have one of the new iPhones, iMore.com has instructions for restoring your phone to iOS 8. If you have not installed iOS 8.0.1, do not install it until any issues have been resolved by Apple.
Last week I did an unboxing of the iPhone 6 Plus for those that were interested. I have now added the unboxing of an iPhone 6. For most normal users I think that this phone will hit the sweet spot of size, battery life, and usability. My initial thoughts are that the iPhone 6 fits much nicer in the hand than the iPhone 6 Plus, and will be the phone that most attorneys will want to carry.
Included in the video is a size comparison of the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 3g, iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini, and iPad 3rd Generation. It provides a nice look at the slow transition that Apple has provided to larger devices, while also introducing the iPad Mini to fill any gap that existed in the product line.
Just a short video with the unboxing of my new Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Although I am used to using smartphones this size, initially the iPhone 6 Plus does appear larger than it actually is. With the thinness of the device, it creates an illusion that the phone is actually longer than what it is. After now having it setup, I am very pleased with the design. I will have some more in depth thoughts after using it for the weekend.
With iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launching this week, it is important that attorneys remember to backup their devices before updating to a new phone or the new operating system. Although it is possible to use iCloud for backups, I have discussed the security concerns of doing so in the past. Your best bet is to use iTunes to create a local copy of your iPhone or iPad before applying any update.
The video above walks you through the process of connecting your iPhone or iPad to your computer and doing an iTunes backup. This should be done on a fairly regular basis to make sure that you can always easily restore your phone or iPad if they are lost, stolen, or malfunction. The process is quite simple, and after the initial backup, runs quickly for subsequent backups.
In addition to using iTunes because it is more secure. it is also nice to use iTunes because it speeds up the process of restoring your device if you have to. If you use iCloud it could take over a day to restore your device if you need to and you have to have a working internet connection during the entire restore process. With an iTunes backup, you simply plug your device into your computer, hit the restore button and at most it takes an hour or two to restore.
I hope that the video is helpful for those that have not used iTunes to backup in the past.