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Apple iOS 8.1.1 beta promises performance boost for old iPhones and iPads


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Apple has rolled out the latest version of iOS 8 to its army of developers with a pledge to improve the software’s usability on legacy devices.

According to Apple’s release notes iOS 8.1.1 is brimming with bug fixes and performance enhancements that could rescue those who’ve struggled since downloading iOS 8.

The company mentions the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S in particular, the oldest of the devices Apple had sanctioned for the iOS 8 update.

Following complains from users of those models since downloading iOS 8, Apple says iOS 8.1.1 “includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.”

The beta launch is somewhat odd given that this is among the more minor iOS updates in recent times.

However, given some of the teething problems the firm has experienced with iOS 8, the decision to give developers the chance to iron out any problems isn’t all that surprising.

The firm was forced to pull HealthKit apps on the iOS 8 release date, while the launch of iOS 8.0.1 saw TouchID and cellular connectivity compromised for some users. iOS 8.0.2 appeared to stabilise things for users, while iOS 8.1 brought Apple Pay into Play.

Apple is working on iOS 8.2 and 8.3, with a launch expected next year.

Have you been in iOS 8 hell since updating your old school iPhone or iPad? Enthused by the prospect of this update? Share your thoughts below.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Prem Desai

November 4, 2014, 10:36 pm

I had hoped that the iOS 8 rollout was now stable - it seems not.

Still, wait a few weeks before applying this - you never know what other issues it may have ...

NJ Busbridge

November 4, 2014, 11:39 pm

I look forward to being able to install it on my wife's iPad 3 with fewer speed worries.


November 5, 2014, 12:57 pm

I'm waiting for a slimmed down iOS8.x to revive my iPhone 3G.


November 6, 2014, 10:24 am

My iPad 2 is a bit sluggish (eg. noticeable lag when opening apps) since upgrade to iOS 8...but we mainly just let the kids play with it/use it as a glorified DVD player.

Tried to not upgrade from about iOS 4, but held on too long and then recently found out the kids' games needed at least iOS 6 (at which point only 8 was available).

Looking forward to this upgrade when it comes.


November 7, 2014, 12:55 am

I use iPad 2 as well. Before I upgraded to 8.1, I did a clean install of 8.0 via iTunes. I agree that 8.1 has barely speed up the iPad 2. The only main problem I have with 8.1 upon my iPad 2 is the annoying Safari lock-up when you have more than a few tabs open.

But for a device to recieve its 4th iOS, no one should be upset over 8.1! Just think money saved!


November 7, 2014, 3:51 am

Slow response on apps, slow streaming with many stops. Drops wifi intermittently.

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