TORONTO – Apple has released the latest update to its mobile operating system – iOS 8.2 – which provides iPhone users with a series of bug fixes, security updates and an Apple Watch app that users aren’t able to delete.
The app is a companion app for the Apple Watch and allows users to pair their iPhone with the wearable device. Eventually, those who decide to shell out the cash for an Apple Watch will use the app to customize their watch settings and sync their data.
The problem is, no one has an Apple Watch yet, because they don’t go on sale until April 24 in Canada. So, right now all the app does is offer a selection of Apple Watch videos and provide information about where you can pre-order the device.
To top it off, you can’t delete the app.
This isn’t sitting well with many users – some say they are being taunted by the icon while they wait for Apple Watch to go on sale, others are mad Apple has given them yet another undeletable app to take up space on their phone.
Many users argued that the app should be an optional download in the App Store, because not every iPhone user wants to (or can afford to) buy an Apple Watch.
Apple should probably already know that their customers don’t like free content forced on them.
The tech giant was ridiculed for weeks after teaming up with Irish super-group U2 to give away their new album to every iTunes user for free after the iPhone 6 launch event – but they did it by way of automatic download.
Less than a week after giving away the album Apple was forced to release a tool that allowed users to remove Songs of Innocence from their iTunes library due to the growing chorus of angry users who never wanted the album in the first place.
Meanwhile, iOS 8.2 does include one very important security update users should be aware about. The software update patches a recently discovered security flaw that left users vulnerable to hackers when visiting supposedly secure websites.
The security vulnerability – called FREAK – would have allowed hackers to spy on Android and Apple users by breaking the secure connection between their device’s web browser and websites.