iOS 8.0.1 May Have a Link to Apple Maps Fail From 2012
The disastrous iOS 8.0.1 update that curtailed users’ cellular signals and created other bugs earlier this week may have a connection to another major glitch in recent history: the shaky rollout of Apple Maps.
According to a Bloomberg report, both issues stem from the same person who was supposed to catch the issues before the updates launched.
The report names Josh Williams, a mid-level manager for Apple iOS software group, as the man removed from the Maps team after the incident. He’s said to still oversee iOS testing and should have caught the glitch.
Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Apple has since released iOS 8.0.2, which fixes and improves some aspects of iOS 8 as well the new bugs introduced in iOS 8.0.1. The company said fewer than 40,000 users downloaded iOS 8.0.1 before it was pulled over an hour after its release on Wednesday.
“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,” an Apple spokesperson told Mashable in a statement. “We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1.”
While the iOS issue isn’t the only thing Apple is facing these days — there’s the iCloud nude photo hack debacle and controversy around whether the iPhone 6 Plus bends easily as well — the possible link between this and Apple’s huge Maps fail from a couple of years ago doesn’t bode well for the company.
In 2012, Apple replaced the existing Google Maps app with the rollout of its iOS 6 software. Shortly after launch, Apple Maps were widely criticized for omitting transit directions, providing poor navigation and displaying incomplete 3D views that distorted national monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower. Not to mention the broken roads and satellite views that displayed nothing but clouds.
When a Google Maps app came to iOS a few months later, many users made it their go-to mapping service on the iPhone. But since then, Apple has made big improvements to its Maps offering and plans to enhance it even further.
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