Apple fixes new iOS 10 software update which ‘bricked’ devices

Apple iOS 10

The latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 10, was rolled out yesterday to iPhones and iPads, but some users found it rendered their devices unusable.

This situation is commonly referred to as ‘bricking’ – due to the device effectively becoming as useful as a brick – because of a fault with the software or hardware.

The update was accessed by millions of users once it was made available, but only a small number were affected by the problem.

Issuing an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Apple said: “We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability.

“The problem was quickly resolved and we apologise to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.”

What’s new with iOS 10?

Despite the slight mishap, the iOS 10 update is an exciting time for Apple users, with details first emerging back in June.

Apple Music has a new design, to improve the user experience following a fair amount of criticism, while Apple Maps also receives an improvement. The iMessage app and emojis have also seen changes made, adding more features and designs such as a GIF searcher.

Meanwhile, Siri has now been opened up to third party developers, so that you will end up being able to use the personal assistant to order an Uber, send a message on WhatsApp, and more.

The iOS 10 update comes just before the release of the new additions to the iPhone family, with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus being released on Friday. Stay tuned for our review!