iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners can soon look forward to a ‘last-chopper-out-of-Hanoi’-style rescue from glitches that have beset their devices since the launch of iOS 8, a report suggests.
The arrival of iOS 8 on the ageing Apple kits resulted in frustrating slowdowns and crashing apps, belying the company’s closely guarded reputation for gadgets that just work.
Previous attempts at fixes for iOS 8's many flaws (think: nixed connectivity over Wi-Fi and networks and ruinous battery life, for starters) haven’t been a glowing success, of course.
But with that in mind, it seems that this time around Apple is taking the unprecedented step of seeding a beta for the patch update to ensure the software is not released until it’s fit for purpose.
News of the tech giant’s plans come after stats revealed that iOS 8 is now running on just over half of compatible devices.
That mightn’t sound too bad compared with the fissured, fragmented state of the Android platform. But, in fact, it’s the slowest rate of adoption of a new edition of iOS in the operating system’s history.
The tardy take-up of iOS 8 has been attributed directly to its problems, with users deciding en masse that they’d rather wait until a more stable version of the software was made available.