Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Apple's iOS 10 update is causing major headaches for some users.

Apple users who were quick to download its latest iOS 10 software yesterday were subject to a major bug that left devices temporarily useless.

Not long after the company rolled out its new mobile operating system, some users complained it "bricked" their iPhones and iPads. Bricking refers to an issue that blocks access to your phone with a black screen.

Users who experienced a failed update were required to plug devices into computers and connect to iTunes to restore the system.

While the iOS issues are unexpected, we always suggest holding off updating new mobile software until Apple works out first iteration kinks. Early adopters tend to find out about software bugs the hard way.

The restoration process should reinstate the device's most recent backup. If you haven't updated to iOS 10 and want to do so, be sure to back it up first to prevent data loss. To backup a device via iTunes, connect it via a USB cable to iTunes, tap on the device name and click "Back Up Now."

The company's Twitter account is also fielding hundreds of complaints addressing the bricking issue.

Although you may want to wait to install iOS 10 for now, the new software has a lot to offer: There's a greater emphasis on photos and messaging, an improved Maps interface, and it finally allows you to remove default apps like Stocks or Find My Friends.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We always like to inform people that upgrading your iPhone / iPad an entire iOS level puts you more at risk for your device dying sooner. The components in a device are made for the operating system that is installed in them. (Example: iPhone 6 came with a 9.x operating system. It is ok to update that phone to any 9.x OS, but when you upgrade to iOS 10.x, you may start to notice problems such as slow speeds, random crashes, etc).

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