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Apple Releases iOS 8.0.1; Cripples Touch ID, Cell Reception in the Process

As we reported earlier this morning, Apple and its carrier partners have been hard at work testing out a maintenance release of iOS 8 in the form of iOS 8.0.1. The update was released this afternoon to squash the following issues:

  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

However, in Apple’s haste to get 8.0.1 out the door to fix the above list of issues, it has introduced two more crippling bugs according to growing reports over at Mac Rumors. Many iPhone users that have upgraded to iOS 8.0.1 are reporting that their cellular service has been disabled by the update. In addition, a growing number of users are reporting that Touch ID functionality has also been disabled by the update.

The bottom line is, if you have an iOS device, DO NOT UPGRADE TO iOS 8.0.1. Wait for Apple to upload a working version of 8.0.1 or 8.0.2.

Updated 9/24/2014 @ 2:30pm EST
Apple has pulled iOS 8.0.1 from its servers

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