Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users running iOS 8. The update includes multiple bug fixes, including resolutions to problems introduced by the failed iOS 8.0.1 launch. Full release notes for iOS 8.0.2 are included below.
Updating to iOS 8.0.2 with Over-the-Air Download
The simplest way for users to update to iOS 8.0.2 is through the Over-the-Air update service offered directly on an eligible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The download is about 72MB and installs quickly.
Be sure to backup your iOS device before installing this or any other software update.
- Open the “Settings” app and go to “General”, then choose “Software Update”
- Choose “Download & Install” and let the process complete
Users can also find the update available through iTunes by connecting their iOS device to a computer and choosing “Update”.
iOS 8.0.2 IPSW Firmware File Downloads
IPSW download links for the iOS 8.0.2 are also available below, be sure each file downloads with the .ipsw file extension as they are not a zip archive or any other file type. If you’re having trouble downloading the file properly, try a browser like Google Chrome and use “Save As” to confirm the file extension is set to .ipsw. These firmware files are hosted directly on Apple servers:
- iPhone 6 (7,2)
- iPhone 6 Plus (7,1)
- iPhone 5 (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5C (CDMA)
- iPhone 5C (GSM)
- iPhone 5S (CDMA)
- iPhone 5S (GSM)
- iPhone 4S
- iPod Touch (5th gen)
- iPad Air (5th gen GSM)
- iPad Air (5th gen Wi-Fi)
- iPad Air (5th gen CDMA)
- iPad 4th gen (CDMA)
- iPad 4th gen (GSM)
- iPad 4th gen (Wi-Fi)
- iPad Mini (CDMA)
- iPad Mini (GSM)
- iPad Mini (Wi-Fi)
- iPad Mini 2 (Wi-Fi + GSM Cellular)
- iPad Mini 2 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad Mini 2 (CDMA)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd gen)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
Each firmware file is several GB in size, depending on the device. Release notes span all supported devices, though obviously some updates only pertain to some hardware.
iOS 8.0.2 Release Notes
This release contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
- 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
- Demonstrates the awesomeness of OSXDaily.com by inserting silly comments into the release notes of iOS
- Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on 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
Notably, there is no specific mention of wi-fi trouble or battery drain improvements, but it’s possible that resolutions to those complaints have also been included in the release.
All users are recommended to install the iOS update, though given the concerns with iOS 8.0.1, it’s understandable if users were to wait a while.
Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update after it caused significant problems for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, including an inability to make phone calls, connect to a cellular network, and use the Touch ID feature. With the release of iOS 8.0.2, Apple issued an apology for the iOS 8.0.1 issues, which apparently impacted about 40,000 iPhone owners:
“iOS 8.0.2 is now available for users, it fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1. We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1.”
User reports regarding updating to iOS 8.0.2 so far indicate the release is trouble-free.