Apple offers workaround for iPhones borked by iOS 8.0.1

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Apple intended Wednesday’s iOS update to fix a few major problems in the latest version of its mobile operating system, but instead saw an entire category of iPhones disabled by the release. The company quickly pulled iOS 8.0.1 after iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners reported problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID.

Late Wednesday, Apple posted a workaround for people still struggling to fix their phones. You’ll need to connect your device to your computer to revert to iOS 8, because iCloud backups will send you back to iOS 7. Only iTunes can save you now.

Apple has separate fixes for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so follow the instructions that cover your device. It looks like previous generations of iPhones weren't affected by the update issues, but tell us in the comments if you had problems with your 5 or 5s.

Or you could’ve followed the downgrade guide we posted yesterday—whatever works. Now we wait for iOS 8.0.2, which Apple says will be ready “in the next few days.”

“We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code.

Fingers crossed that this update improves iOS instead of disabling your device.

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