7 Reasons Not to Update on iOS 8.1.1 Release Day

The iOS 8.1.1 release date for iPhone and iPad still hasn’t been confirmed but a release could come at any time. With that in mind, iPhone and iPad users should start preparing for the iOS 8.1.1 release date and today we want to walk you through some reasons why you might want to avoid installing when the iOS 8.1.1 release does arrive for iPhone and iPad.

In late September, Apple released its iOS 8.1 update into the beta program for developers. For several weeks, Apple and its developers tested the update in order to ensure a smooth public release. In mid-October, after a short stint in beta, Apple released the iOS 8.1 update to the public.


While the iOS 8.1 update did fix some of the bigger iOS 8 problems affecting iPhone and iPad users, the iOS 8.1 update failed to tackle all of the annoying problems that emerged with September’s iOS 8.0 update. This has left many iPhone and iPad users around the world looking for some kind of relief in the form of a permanent fix.

We’re still not sure when that relief will arrive (we’ve offered some potential fixes to help in the meantime) but it’s looking like Apple’s next iOS 8 upgrade, iOS 8.1.1, could be that update.

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Earlier this month, surprised us all when it released the iOS 8.1.1 update into its beta program. The move was interesting given that the company rarely releases small bug fixes into beta. iOS 8.1.1 is confirmed to have a number of bug fixes on board making it an important and highly anticipated iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad users on iOS 8.1 and below.


With an iOS 8.1.1 release confirmed, now is the perfect time to make your final preparations for the iOS 8.1.1 release date itself. There’s reason to be excited about the iOS 8.1.1 release but there are plenty of reasons why you might want to hold off when the release day arrives. Here, we take a look at some reasons why you iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users might want to think about holding out when Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 rolls out.

If You’re Moving from iOS 7 and You’re Still Not Familiar with iOS 8

We realize that a vast majority of you have probably already transitioned from iOS 7 and below to iOS 8. However, there are a number of you that are still holding out either because you’re scared or because you simply didn’t want to deal with all of the initial bugs that seem to emerge after every single major iOS release. Those of you still on iOS 7 that have already become familiar with iOS 8, you’re probably good to go. Those of you that haven’t done any research by release day should hold off until you’ve taken a look at all of the features that come with Apple’s new operating system.

We highly recommend taking a deep dive into the iOS 8 update and the iOS 8.1.1 update before installing. Make sure you’re happy with what the updates are going to bring to your iPad and iPhone. iOS 8 may not look like a major update on the surface but there are some massive changes for key Apple applications and services that you’ll want to be aware of before you make the move. For instance, get acquainted with the new features for iMessage before you transition. It will make things go a whole lot smoother.


To do this, you have several options. You can watch the video above, you can take a look at our iOS 7 vs. iOS 8 walkthrough and you can head on over to Apple’s website to absorb its fine print.

If You’re Jailbroken

Do not update to the iOS 8.1.1 update on release day if you are jailbroken. It appears that the iOS 8.1.1 update will break the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak that was released earlier this year. Pangu works with iOS 8.1 but it’s not clear if the developers will discover new exploits in time for the release of iOS 8.1.1. If you do update to iOS 8.1.1, you will lose your chance to jailbreak, plain and simple.

While iOS 8 and iOS 8.1.1 bring some enticing features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, there are still some great reasons to remain jailbroken for the time being. Access to Cydia applications, full on customization, you name it. If you update, you’ll probably lose access to that. Now is a great time to update to iOS 8.1 if you haven’t already.

You Don’t Want to Deal with Bugs

iOS 8.1.1 looks like it will be a massive bug fixer for iOS 8 problems. And while it will probably solve some iOS 8.1 and iOS 8 issues, there’s always a chance that it will deliver some problems of its own.

iOS updates, even updates that pass through Apple’s beta program, tend to bring assorted issues to iPhone and iPad users. Just look at the iOS 8.0.1 update that broke cellular data and Touch ID. You never know what might happen when a software upgrade is released to millions of people.


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Some of the more common problems including abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues and broken Bluetooth. These always seem to pop up after Apple’s big, and small, iOS upgrades.

So, if you are experiencing relative stability inside iOS 8.1 or below, it might be worth holding out on day one so that you can get the lay of the land. Apple doesn’t force you to install on day one so there’s no reason to rush into it. Take a day or two to survey iOS 8.1.1’s performance and you’ll probably come out better on the other side.

If You Have Critical Apps

Many of you use applications to get through the school day or workday. And while developers have done a great job keeping their apps updated with fixes for iOS 8 and the iPhone, there’s always a chance that iOS 8.1.1 could cause some problems with third-party applications. And it’s these problems that could interfere with whatever you have planned on the day that it comes out.


If you at all going to be reliant on apps for school or work during the week, it’s going to be best to hold off on installing iOS 8.1.1 until support arrives or when reviews prove that the coast is clear. Most third-party applications should be fine but it’s not worth the risk if you’re doing something extremely important for your job or your education.

If You’re Traveling

If you’re traveling when the iOS 8.1.1 update is released, do not install it because there could be issues that affect files and on board performance. This is particularly troublesome for travelers who haven’t backed up their data. If something were to go wrong, not having easy access to a personal computer could make things extremely difficult. It’s also not smart if you’re taking valuable photos and video on your trip. You would not want those to get lost.

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If you’re not at home, we highly recommend waiting until you’re back. iOS 8.1.1 isn’t going anywhere and it will be waiting for you when you get back. In fact, depending on how long you’re gone for, you might actually encounter an iOS 8.1.2 bug fix update instead of the iOS 8.1.1 update itself.

If You’re Unprepared

If you aren’t prepared for the iOS 8.1.1 release date, do not install the iOS 8.1.1 when it arrives, simple as that. If you haven’t had time to back up your data, clean up your device, get iTunes upgraded, or research iOS 8 itself, you will want to think about holding off until all of that is done.

Lucky for you, we’ve developed an iOS 8.1.1 preparedness plan for those of you that don’t know where to start. This will get you prepared for the inevitable release of Apple’s new iOS 8 update. Take your time, make sure you’re prepared, and your transition from iOS 8.1 or below will be so much smoother. Trust us on this one.

If You’re Using an iPhone & iPad for Work

In the past, we’ve seen iOS updates cause problems for people that use an iPhone or iPad as their work device. Exchange issues almost always occur with iOS updates and we’ve seen folks run into battery life issues with their work phone on days when problems are unacceptable.

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Those who are using an iPhone as a work phone may want to hold off until iOS 8.1.1 bugs can be established and until a company gives the go-ahead to install the software, something that may not necessarily come on day one.

We recommend talking to IT before making any moves to new software, if you have an IT department to talk to. If your IT department is smart, they might be using the iOS 8.1.1 beta to test the software ahead of time so that it can work out and relay any issues it might have with company software.