iOS 8.4.1 for iPhone & iPad: 10 Things to Expect

This week, Apple confirmed yet another iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch dubbed iOS 8.4.1. The iOS 8.4.1 update is still shrouded in mystery and that’s why we want to help set your expectations accordingly. Here’s what we expect from the iOS 8.4.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

On the last day of June, Apple finally released the iOS 8.4 update that it confirmed back in April and the Apple Music service it confirmed in early June at WWDC 2015. The two products arrived side-by-side for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in the United States and around the globe.

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iOS 8.4 is a substantial update for iOS 8 as it brings new music features, enhancements to iBooks, and a number of bug fixes for lingering iOS 8 problems. And while many believed it would serve as the final piece of the iOS 8 bridge to iOS 9, we now know that won’t be the case.

iOS-8.4

Earlier this week, Apple released a surprise iOS 8.4.1 beta for developers ahead of an unknown release date for the public. In typical fashion, Apple failed to release a full change log for the update and it also failed to confirm a specific release date as the update pushes through testing.

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With iOS 8.4 problems emerging for iPhone and iPad owners and an iOS 9 release date rumored for September, there are sure to be a lot of questions about iOS 8.4.1 between now and its inevitable release for iOS 8 powered devices. Apple’s beta and rumors might answer some of these questions but that’s certainly not guaranteed.

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While we can’t answer every single iOS 8.4.1 update question, we can help set your expectations with some educated guesses about the contents of the update and the iOS 8.4.1 release itself. Here’s what we expect from Apple and its iOS 8.4.1 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Limited iOS 8.4.1 Beta

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Limited iOS 8.4.1 Beta

Don't expect the iOS 8.4.1 beta to last very long. With an iOS 9 release looming on the horizon and the iOS 8.4.1 seemingly nothing more than a bug fixer, we'd be surprised if this beta process dragged on. 

We'd expect this to be similar to the iOS 8.1.1 beta that Apple unleashed earlier this year. That update only went through one beta release before it was released to the public.

One iOS 8.4.1 beta wouldn't shock us, neither would two. Three iOS 8.4.1 beta releases before a public roll out would be surprising though. And we'd expect no more than one beta release for the public if there is even one at all. 

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