As promised in an official statement early Thursday, Apple finally rolled out the iOS 8.0.2 firmware update later that day, addressing issues with cellular connectivity and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users encountered after updating their devices to iOS 8.0.1.

The new iOS 8.0.2 firmware, which also features several other improvements and bug fixes that were included in the faulty iOS 8.0.1 update, is now available as an over-the-air update for iPhone 4S and newer models; iPad 2 and newer models; and the fifth-generation iPod touch. Users can also grab the update directly though iTunes.

iOS802update Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 update. Photo: International Business Times

Here is the full iOS 8.0.2 changelog of improvements and bug fixes, provided by Apple:

  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

In addition to the firmware update, Apple also issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience caused by iOS 8.0.1.

“iOS 8.0.2 is now available for users, it fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1. We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1,” the company said.

Apple also told CNBC that less than 40,000 iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus devices were affected by the iOS 8.0.1 bug, which was immediately pulled back after several reports claimed that it caused some users to lose network connection while others were unable to use the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on their iPhones.

Meanwhile, a MacRumors report has said that several users in Australia are still facing both Touch ID and cellular connection issues even after updating their devices to iOS 8.0.2.