iOS 8 issues affect some Apple iPad, iPhone users: Shorter battery life, slower Wi-Fi speeds

“The Apple iOS 8 update is out for users and while some cool new features are a delight to use, not all users have had a smooth experience with the new OS,” tech2 News reports. “Apple forums are being flooded with new issues that have cropped up since its latest mobile OS went live. Some of the most common problems include slower Wi-Fi speeds, audio issues, sluggish overall performance, faster draining of the battery and problems with iMessages.”

“Many iPad owners (including those with newer models) have complained about slower Wi-Fi speeds post the iOS 8 update on this Apple thread,” tech2 News reports. “The thread initiator has pointed out problems in the iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display and iPhone 5S after upgrading to iOS 8. The user adds that resetting the network settings or the router band did not help.”

“Another user with an iPad Air pointed out that the WiFi problem is so bad that his iPad is ‘just about useless now after upgrading.’ Apparently, it works fine for a few minutes and then the little wheel will just sit there and spin. iPhone 5s users have also reported the same problem,” tech2 News reports. “As far as performance goes, many older devices are much slower now thanks to the iOS 8 update. This includes the iPad Air and iPhone 5s as well, which come with the 64-bit A7 chipset.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Initial release. There is no way of knowing if these issues are widespread or not. That said, affected users can back up your devices via iCloud or iTunes and then try resetting all settings on their iOS devices without erasing content as follows:

For Wi-Fi issues:
• Tap on Setting, select General and scroll down to find Reset option.
• Select Reset and tap on Reset all Settings.
• Enter passcode if prompted

The iOS device should now automatically reboot and reset to default settings. This procedure will not erase any content on your device such as apps, photos and other user data.

For audio issues, sluggish overall performance, faster draining of the battery and problems with iMessages
• Tap on Setting, select General and scroll down to find Reset option.
• Select Reset and tap on Reset Network Settings
• Enter passcode if prompted

The iOS device should now automatically reboot and reset to default settings. This procedure will not erase any content on your device such as apps, photos and other user data.

If the issue(s) persist(s), affected users may wish to try the following steps. It is important that you back up important data before you try this method:
• Tap on Settings > select General and scroll down to find Reset option.
• Select Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
• Enter the passcode if prompted.

NOTE: If you perform “Erase All Content and Settings,” you might lose all data on the device including user-data. Therefore, it is important that you back up important data before you try this method.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. I’ve always had trouble with my iPad Air. It seems to drop off the router (I have two different routers in my house). I’ve had this happen while traveling too on different routers. I’ve done all the mentioned fixes. A shut down and reboot fixes the problem for a while. I have two iPad Minis and and iPad 2 that work perfectly.

    1. I hear you. My mini Retina loses wifi too, I even had the mini replaced once by Apple. The loss of signal used to be much worse, several times a day. Now it happens maybe once a week and I reboot and keep going. However, the signal loss was much worse under iOS 7.

    1. I had exactly the same problem. The update turns Music Match on in the settings. Turn it off. Then restore your phone as new and then restore from a known good backup. My battery is still draining faster so I’m going to try last year’s trick and let the phone drain until it shuts itself down. This seemed to cause something to reset. I then charged it to 100% and it was back to normal. let’s hope that works this year.

  2. Just a thought,,, “Batter draining faster too.” You know, with my new toy, I am working on it all day trying to get to learn how to donew things. And my battery does not seem to last as long as it used to. I wonder why.???

    LOL Just funny.

  3. Had the developer previews on my ol’ iPad2. Battery was life pretty good, except for DP2. It drained the battery overnight even with the iPad off! Haven’t noticed any battery problems with the 2 or my Air on iOS8. There is something going on with the graphics stuff though. I have two programs that have moving parts (a watch second hand and an astronomy program where you can speed up time). The movements used to be smooth as silk, but now they are good for about half a second, then they “stutter” for about a second, then smooth for half a second, etc. I’ve noticed this on some other apps too. So there’s a little work to do. Not unexpected.

  4. I speed tested the wifi on my iPhone 5 and iPad Air and didn’t seem to have any issues, but neither will sync on WiFi now. I have to plug them in to back up and sync every time now.

    I’ve turned off the Bluetooth and Location Services after the iPhone 5 ran down even while in a battery case.

  5. I did the reset thing a few days ago on my iOS devices (iPhone 5, iPad Air and a prior generation iPad). No improvement.

    Symptoms include sluggish browsing and inability to post photos to some websites. The sluggish browsing eventually leads to the inability to open any page at which point I go back to the home screen, double click and then clear out the inactive pages. This seems to unclog things until the next time (lather, rinse repeat).

    At first I suspected a network problem with my wifi but my phone experiences the same problems when running on ATT with wifi off.

    1. My wife has had the photo upload problem since upgrading her iPad. Myself, I’m not noticing any issues with my iPhone 4S and iPad mini, but I don’t upload photos anywhere.

      As for “battery drain” and “WiFi issues”, doesn’t it seem like that happens with every major iOS upgrade?

      ——RM

  6. My 5S started losing music, music video sand all playlists, a sync failed because it wanted more memory than was installed. A restore as new and then loading a known good backup finally fixed the problem. For now.

    Apple really needs to take its beta program far more seriously, giving us people to speak with rather than an app to report problems.

    People also need to have their devices replaced if under warranty. I get the feeling this would get Apple’s attention better than anything else.

  7. My one weird thing: When I turn my iPhone 5 into portrait mode while in Messages, the screen goes blank and it automatically starts a voice message. Probably 3 of 4 times it does this.

    Haven’t had a chance to do any resets yet, but that’s my one gripe so far.

  8. My iPad started fast battery drain and a variety of mostly Safari related quirks right after the September 9th keynote which was crashing Safari etc.. ( tech frums say because of a first implementation of a javascript action…) and apparntly widespread.

    After the keynote and to this day, the AppleStore website almost rgularly crashes Safari when looking at the leather case details in the store…

    The fast battery drain issue repaired itself after the iOS 8 upgrade and a back up restore, other quirks still persist.

    iOS8 annoyingly places the fequently used Safari Bookmarks button on the left side of the screen and even more annoyingl, now drops the Bookmerks menu ( which necessitates an extra step to hence dismiss) and by doing so eats up a third of the browsed window while making the text smaller… that is crazy and should never have passed QC.

    A similar south paw must have randonly ( and without scrutiny ) placed the user list in FaceTime on the left with absolutely no funtional reason.

    Software needs some strict oversight IMMEDIATELY.

  9. The tested wifi speed on my 1st gen Retina iPad dropped in half after a full Restore to Factory and backup installation of iOS8. I haven’t tested my iPhone 5 yet, but I can accept that this is an 8.0 update.

    However on my iPhone, I noticed that some pods casts which i subscribe to went to un-subscribed status after iOS 8. That’s weird, but I have noticed Apple struggling with podcasts in 2014. I’m a heavy podcast listener and I don’t like the inconsistency I’m getting just keeping the subscriptions up and functioning after every update.

  10. On record complaining about bricking and obsolete practices of Apple hardware only a few years old.

    Now I’m reading Apple approved hardware for upgrades does not work either.

    If Steve were alive, the big broom would clean out this incompetence.

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