5 Reasons Not to Install iOS 8.1 Right Now

Earlier this week, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As expected, the iOS 8.1 update delivered a number of big time changes including Apple Pay, additions to Continuity, the return of Camera Roll, and a slew of fixes for iOS 8 problems. And after dissecting iOS 8.1 for a few days, we’ve come up with some solid reasons why you shouldn’t install the iOS 8.1 update today.

In September, just a few weeks after iOS 8.0 came out of the beta program, Apple released iOS 8.1 beta. Apple did not attach a public iOS 8.1 release date to the beta leaving consumers wondering when the update would arrive. iPhone and iPad users put great importance on iOS 8.1 release due to a number of iOS 8.0 issues and iOS 8.0.2 issues on board Apple’s iOS 8 update.


Last week, Apple announced a public iOS 8.1 release date, confirming an update for Monday, October 20th. Two days ago, as promised, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iOS 8.1 update is a sizable upgrade that comes packed with new features and fixes for those touting iOS 8 powered devices. It also appears to have some bugs of its own on board.

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We’ve spent the last three and a half days poking and prodding Apple’s new update in an effort to bring iPhone and iPad users feedback in the aftermath of its release. After spending a ton of time with Apple’s iOS 8.1 update, we’ve come up with a list of reasons why you might not want to install the update today. These won’t apply to everyone and that’s the point. Not everyone should be installing iOS 8.1 right now.


With the iOS 8.1 release in the rear view and an iOS 8.1.1 update still in the shadows, we want to give you some solid reasons why you may not want to bring iOS 8.1 aboard your iPhone or iPad today.


iOS 8 Jailbreak

You may have heard. A Chinese developer team recently released an iOS 8 jailbreak. However, the iOS 8 jailbreak comes with some caveats, caveats that should convince you to remain on iOS 7 or below.

There is an iOS 8 jailbreak available, yes, but it’s only for developers and it comes without Cydia. Cydia, for those that don’t know, is the unofficial app store used by jailbreakers. It’s essential to any jailbreak and it’s absence is a big reason why we think iPhone and iPad users that are jailbroken on iOS 7 should stay jailbroken on iOS 7 and skip the iOS 8.1 update until a better release is out.

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Unfortunately, we have no idea when a stable public iOS 8 jailbreak is going to be out. It could be tomorrow, it could be a month from now, it’s not clear. At the moment though, it’s going to be wise to remain on iOS 7 while developers work out the kinks.


iOS 8.1 Problems

iOS 8.1 does come with a lot of bug fixes for iOS 8 problems but there’s also another side to the update. As we’ve pointed out, iOS 8.1 comes with some problems of its own and iOS 8.1 problems continue to mount for iPhone and iPad users are we head further away from its release.

After upgrading to iOS 8.1 apps run well on the iPhone 6 Plus.

After upgrading to iOS 8.1 apps run well on the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 5s users are reporting random reboots inside iOS 8.1. An iPhone 5 user also told us that his iMessages stopped sending immediately after installing the iOS 8.1 update. We’re also hearing about Wi-Fi issues including Wi-Fi speeds seemingly being throttled on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 and erratic connection speeds. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.

iOS 8.1 users also say that they aren’t able to move their mail into the trash, assorted Apple Pay problems, Bluetooth issues, AirDrop issues, problems with iOS 8.1′s hotspot feature, random stability issues in Safari, Bluetooth issues in the car, issues opening files in Mail, Spotlight suggestion problems, and a whole lot more.

In our experience, iOS 8.1 is more stable than iOS 8.0.2 or iOS 8.0. That said, those of you who are having good experiences on either of these updates might want to hold off on iOS 8.1 until Apple releases a bug fix update.


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These issues aren’t guaranteed to impact your iPhone or iPad but there’s always a chance that something could act up. If things are running smoothly right now, there’s no reason to muck it all up, especially if you can’t or don’t want to use iOS 8.1’s Apple Pay feature.

If You’re Using iOS 7 or Below

If you’re using iOS 7 or below and you’re not having any problems, we highly recommend passing on the iOS 8.1 update right now. There is no going back to iOS 7 once you install it and thus, we think those of you that have remained this patient should continue to remain patient for at least a week as we dig deeper into Apple’s latest upgrade.

If you give it a week, you’ll have a more precise view of potential iOS 8.1 problems and issues that could ultimately impact your phone or tablet. We’ll also have our full reviews out that will pass along concrete recommendations for iPhone and iPad users. There is no rush to update to iOS 8.1 and it would be wise to wait a week to see how iOS 8.1 performance is holding up.


If You’re Traveling

If you are traveling, hold off on installing the iOS 8.1 update. We’ve been hearing about issues during the installation process and it’s those issues that have a tendency to cause major problems on iOS devices. Your iPhone or iPad may not brick but there’s a chance that important files or for a business trip of vacation could get lost in shuffle.

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Installing iOS updates should be done from home base where you have access to all of your files, all of your passwords, everything you might need in case something does go wrong during the installation process or after the update is installed. Who knows, you might get iOS 8.1 on board and immediately have to perform a restore.

You do not want to have that kind of stress while traveling so if you’re having a good experience, let iOS 8.0.2 or whatever it is that you’re running ride until you get home.

If You’re Unprepared

iOS 8.1 isn’t a massive update but it’s still an update that requires preparation. Those that prepare for iOS updates typically come out of the installation process unscathed. We ourselves did massive prep work for iOS 8.1’s arrival and our experience inside the update has been, for the most part, outstanding. That’s credit to Apple and credit to the work that we did in the days before it’s release.

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Fortunately, we have you covered. We outlined several things to do before upgrading to iOS 8.1. You don’t have to follow every single tip but we highly recommend doing at least a few of these before installing iOS 8.1. It’s going to make everything a whole lot easier for you, trust us. Do not install iOS 8.1 right now if you are not prepared for it.