If you follow me on Twitter, you should know that I lost my jailbreak on iOS 8.1.2 yesterday and rushed to iOS 8.4 beta 1.
But after 1 day usage, I decided to spend a couple of hours again to restore to iOS 8.3 and reset everything back. Here I want to quickly share the reasons and experience for this.
1. Jailbreak overloaded
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a video on which 40 jailbreak tweaks were installed on my iPhone 6. This looks cool, provides me with lots of convenience to my daily workflow, but at the same time adds more burden and accumulates issues from time to time. I tried to uninstall most of them and keep the crucial ones, but seems different issues comes up and my phone crashes even more frequently every day, which has been quite annoying. My followers did suggest semi-restore but I have more important reasons to move forward.
2. First batch Apple Watch delivery window
I am highly expecting my Apple Watch will arrive on the coming Friday as there should not be many orders here in Hong Kong, comparing with the U.S., Canada and China. Without iOS 8.2 or above installed on my iPhone, I cannot make my Apple Watch work with it.
Comparing both iOS 8.2 and 8.3, definitely common sense tells me to pick the latest, official and stable firmware version. Additionally, I don’t want to do it in the last-minute as it will be a bit too rush, and I do need some time to adjust myself to adapt to a non-jailbroken iPhone.
3. Bluetooth and AirDrop connection problems
I have been suffering for very slow connection with Bluetooth devices such as my fitbit band. It took forever to connect with it and sync with the fitbit app.
Additionally, AirDrop is completely unstable or unusable. Most of the time my iPhone cannot be detected by my MacBook and iPad. This really interrupted my workflow to certain extent.
4. Possible jailbreak for iOS 8.2/8.3
Despite the fact that there have been very limited news on the next jailbreak, nor any of the Chinese jailbreak teams, TaiG and Pangu, or related parties will publicly announce the progress behind the scene. Meanwhile, the controversial talented iOS hacker Stefan Esser (a.k.a @i0n1c) has shown off his jailbreak on the latest iOS 8.4 beta 1 a few days ago. I hate speculating now but we cannot dismiss the possibility that we may be able to get a jailbreak any time, unexpectedly from anyone, that we are able to jailbreak on the signed official iOS firmware. iOS 8.3 seems to be one of the best choices indeed.
5. Major bugs on iOS 8.4 beta 1 that I cannot tolerate
I have iOS 8.4 beta 1 stayed with me for a whole day, at home, at work, dining outside. It is smooth and fast. Battery performance is much better than a jailbroken iOS 8.1.2. But I have encountered some major issues (out of many that were not come across) that I cannot tolerate to have them with me every day.
- “Wifried” issue persists and occasional disconnection from home Wifi network
- Shuffling playlist caused a track to end suddenly and changes over to another, but still shows the previous one
- Frequently cannot connect to iTunes Store especially when I wanted to restore or purchase some In-App Purchases items
- Various presentation of errors in using Touch ID to purchase and download apps from the App Store
- Occasional issue with “Free download without a password”
- Occasional Springboard crashes
So far, I have not encountered many issues or crashes with iOS 8.3. Making App Store or iTunes purchases has been smooth and normal. The old music app does not have any issue that the new one has, as expected. Overall speaking, iOS 8.3 is yet more stable.
6. Less is more
I have not restored my phone at all since I have it jailbroken at the first day that the tool was released. I have been using it for months without having a bit maintenance. You may say I am too lazy but consider that I have around 40GB of data on the phone, it could be a bit hard and time-consuming in doing the whole process.
But I believe most of you will agree, the iPhone performs much better after a clean restoration and settings reset. It also cleaned up those “Other” data that took up your iPhone’s storage space (unless you use tools like iCleaner on a jailbroken iPhone). In simple words, just a clean up of all the accumulated issues that you may have, for the sake of better and faster device.
But as always, YMMV for iOS 8.3 and 8.4 beta 1 experience and you may see this differently. Feel free to share with me down below in the comments below: