Aren't there enough problems with apps that crash without a major platform update from Apple making things even worse? Developers certainly think so in the wake of iOS 8.0.1.
Apple made a surprise move to yank the newly-released version of its operating system and urged users to "downgrade" while it came up with a solution. At press time the company promised action within "a few days."
Besides discussing the matter on social media, some developers also used services like Twitter to spread the word among users who may have found their apps and other features affected:
Problems with iOS 8? You may have to reinstall: http://t.co/hl6vjMjNs2— 3Squared (@3Squared) September 25, 2014
Although these kinds of things happen when an OS gets a revamp, developers sounded surprised at the speed with which Apple had to issue a recall.
I reckon iOS 8.0.2 will be the fastest iOS update to date?— Rune Madsen (@runmad) September 24, 2014
Apple says you can reinstall is iOS 8 using iTunes. That's sweet. http://t.co/ffwCBIdXaS— Fin (@finbarrbrady) September 25, 2014
Some devs sounded amused by the way, instead of enhancing a user's experiences with the latest iPhones, it had the opposite effect:
What's New in iOS 8.0.1: use your phone for anything other than... wait for it... placing calls. http://t.co/ZHuPWhraY3— Vicky Chijwani (@vickychijwani) September 25, 2014
Ultimately, however, developers had sympathy for Apple and those on the front lines dealing with the fallout.
I feel bad for the people having to handle this in Cupertino, but who I really feel for are the Genius Bar employees around the world.— Jake Marsh (@jakemarsh) September 24, 2014