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Apple fixes iPhone glitch that blocked calls

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Sep 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-25 22:53:10-04

The iPhone upgrade nightmare is over.

Apple released a new software update for the iPhone late Thursday. It fixes a bug that left many iPhone users unable to make phone calls.

The botched update, called iOS 8.0.1, was pulled just hours after it debuted Wednesday morning. iPhone 6 users who downloaded it were given complex steps to uninstall it Thursday morning. That stopgap required a computer with iTunes.

The definitive fix is called iOS 8.0.2 and can be installed using the instructions below:

 

The release of iOS 8 coincided with the unveiling of the iPhone 6 on Sept. 19. It can also be installed on some older iPhones: the 4S, 5, 5C and 5S.

The iPhone's software glitches occurred after reports that the iPhone 6 Plus – the largest variety of the iPhone 6 – can develop a bend in its aluminum frame. Demonstration videos showed the weak point to be near the volume buttons.

A spokesperson at Apple could not be reached for comment.

Watch this Newsy video to learn more about "bend-gate."

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on twitter at @GavinStern or email him at gavin.stern@scripps.com