Apple’s iOS 8.0.1, for those that missed it, was a marked disaster, and a major blemish in what has otherwise been a fairly smooth launch of the company’s new mobile software. Having rolled out a couple of days ago, it featured major flaws that saw iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners left with No Service and a non-functioning Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and in all honesty, Apple hadn’t made such a blunder since the iOS 6 Maps debacle. Back in 2012 when Maps first appeared, the scapegoating seem to begin, and end, with then-iOS SVP Scott Forstall, who was swiftly ejected from the executive team and Apple in general, but incidentally, it has now been revealed that a member of the quality control team amid the Apple Maps scandal may also have been partially responsible for the blundered iOS 8.0.1 launch.
When it comes to launching a major new piece of software, Apple, just like Google, Microsoft and the many other big names in the business, strives to ensure that users can enjoy some new, advanced features. But equally important is that the revised interface actually functions, and although iOS 8.0 had a fair dose of to-be-expected bugs, they were minor compared to the oversights made with iOS 8.0.1.
As was the case with Apple Maps and iOS 6, when, embarrassingly, Tim Cook was forced to recommend services from rivals like Nokia and Google until the Cupertino giant got its house in order, the Mac maker issued an apology for iOS 8.0.1 as well as completely pulling the software and urging users to downgrade. To its credit, Apple managed to scramble iOS 8.0.2 together in just 24 hours, which quickly solved the glaring bugs of the preceding release, but while the matter is now resolved as far as consumers are concerned, the blame game is likely to ensue over at Cupertino HQ.
As per a report over at Bloomberg, the very same Apple quality assurance manager that oversaw iOS 6 and its Maps app leads a 100-strong team that checks for major issues in iOS before it hits the public channels, and with some 40,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users having been afflicted by the error in iOS 8.0.1, said individual could soon be in receipt of the Forstall treatment.
The report has yet to be verified, and thus, the manager’s name has not been disclosed, but if found culpable twice in the space of two years, it’s seemingly improbable that there will be a third time.