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Apple Releases iOS 8 Update That (We Hope) Fixes the Glitches

About 40,000 of Apple's newest generation smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, were affected when users downloaded the iOS 8.0.1 update to the mobile operating system.

Anthony Quintano for Re/code

Apple has released an update to its iOS 8 mobile operating system that should repair the loss of cellular connections and other problems caused by an earlier version of the software that was issued Wednesday.

The latest version, iOS 8.0.2, also fixes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which unlocks the iPhone without having to enter a numeric passcode. It also incorporates other repairs, including one to the highly touted HealthKit, so health and fitness apps can now be made available through the App Store, and another to address an issue with third-party keyboards.

“We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

About 40,000 of Apple’s newest generation smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, were affected when users downloaded iOS 8.0.1. The company withdrew the software update within an hour after widespread reports of problems.

Software bugs are commonplace — but this one attracted outsize attention given that it was tied to one of the most ambitious product launches since Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away. Also, the company was in the midst of trying to clear up a few other issues, including bending iPhone 6 Pluses, which the company says isn’t really a widespread problem.

For now, about half of Apple device owners are running the latest version of the mobile operating system that was introduced on Sept. 17, including people with older generations of smartphones who chose to update their software to take advantage of new features.

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