September 30, 2014 Last Updated 8:28 am

NYT issues “urgent” update to iOS apps as bugs are introduced following release by Apple of iOS 8.0.2

Mag+ updates its previewer apps, while Forbes releases first iOS 8 related app update

The New York Times today issued what it called an “urgent” update to its iPhone and iPad apps in order to fix a bug that has been introduced following the release of iOS 8.0.2 by Apple.

That mobile operating system update was issued following problems with iOS 8.0.1, which killed the ability of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models to have cell service and it disabled Touch ID. The release was supposed to introduce Apple’s Health Kit, but instead proved a public relations nightmare. iOS 8.0.2 apparently restores cell service, but may have other consequences.

“This is an urgent fix for bugs that cropped up in iOS 8.0.2, including blacked out screens; the inability to turn on alerts; and the Notification Center widget failing to update,” the app descriptions for the NYT apps states.

The NYT is not alone is having to issue updates to fix bugs after already issuing an update for the release of iOS 8. Amazon has updated its Kindle reading app for bug fixes.

The digital publishing platform Mag+ has issued an update to its preview app, Mag+ Reviewer, for bug fixes. The most current version is now 5.1.9.

Apple’s iOS updates continue to be a problem for developers. The app Matter, which allows for the addition of 3D objects to photos, has had to have an update issued in order to fix an issue where the Photos album disappears under iOS 8.0.2.

Meanwhile, many publishers are only now updating their apps for iOS 8. Forbes today issued an update that brought their Newsstand app up to version 5.0. Forbes uses the MAZ platform to create its Newsstand app.

Many developers chose to work with beta versions of iOS 8 so that they would be ready to issue updates to their apps upon the release of iOS 8 by Apple. They remember the problems they encountered following the release of iOS 7, with many developers having to issue multiple updates for bugs.

But iOS 8 has done developers no favors, and some have even, quietly and off-the-record, begun to wonder if Apple’s policy of frequent and free updates is becoming more a liability than a benefit to developing for iOS. After all, what good are frequent updates when they only introduce bugs into previously stable apps?

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