iPad and iPhone users who have upgraded to iOS 8 and aren’t in love with it to the last drop are eagerly awaiting the iOS 8.1 release date, the first major revision of the system software which will revise any weak points in the interface and new features in the name of smoothing out the overall experience. But for those who can’t wait that long, there’s good news: iOS 8.0.3 is on the way, and it’ll bring a good deal of relief along with it.
The naming conventions for system software updates give away a lot about their nature. A new decimal point in the tenths place, such as iOS 8.1, points to medium sized fundamental changes to the software and interface based on user feedback and the various portions of the feature set that weren’t finished in time for launch. Those complaining about the disappearance of the Camera Roll, or the fact that the Enhance button is so difficult to find and access in the Photos app, can hope for changes when the iOS 8.1 release date rolls around.
But a new decimal point in the hundredths place generally refers to bug fixes. So far Apple has only released one such update in the form of iOS 8.0.2 (after 8.0.1 was almost immediately scrapped), meaning it only got as far as putting out the fires in the form of gripes raised by users within the first few days. The forthcoming iOS 8.0.3 update will be the first to incorporate fixes for bugs which didn’t make themselves so immediately apparent. So those looking for a fix for their intermittent bluetooth automobile issue, for instance, can count on 8.0.3 to clear it up.
As for when each new update will arrive, users shouldn’t hold their breath for iOS 8.1 which could be weeks or even months away. But the iOS 8.0.3 release date should be just around the corner.