iOS 8.1.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 update delivers bug fixes and performance enhancements to iPhone and iPad users. According to iPhone and iPad users, it also delivers iOS 8 problems. With iOS 8.1.1 problems a topic of discussion amongst iOS 8 users, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the issues plaguing Apple’s latest iOS update.

Two months ago, Apple rolled out its brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, and a new keyboard.

Like any software update, the iOS 8 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental upgrades. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1 but it caused more harm than good. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. And then, last week, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

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iOS 8.1.1 is Apple’s latest iOS update and like the updates before it, delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. Over the past week, we’ve seen numerous iOS 8.1.1 problems emerge for iPhone and iPad users. And these problems have many users, particularly those thinking about making the move from iOS 7 to iOS 8, on edge.

With iOS 8.1.1 issues swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves, potential fixes, and a look at what the future of iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch looks like at the moment.

iOS 8.1.1 Problems Continue

iOS 8.1.1 problems continue to plague iPhone and iPad users in the days after the iOS 8.1.1 release. While we’ve pointed out a number of those issues already, we’re starting to see a growing number of problems emerge on Apple’s Discussion Forum. iPhone users are complaining about gesture problems, home button issues, abnormal lag, problems with email, the usual complaints about battery life and battery drain, lag in Notification Center, and more. These just scratch the surface as the forum is littered with complaints about iPhone and iPad iOS 8.1.1 problems.

We ourselves are also experiencing some problems on the iPhone 5. The speed of the aging former flagship has taken a hit after Apple’s iOS 8.1 upgrades and at the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a permanent fix for the issues. The software is choppy and far less fluid than the iOS 7.1.2 update that pushed out earlier this year. This is the one iOS 8.1.1 update that we don’t recommend.


We point these out for a reason. iPhone and iPad users, even those of you that have owned a device for a long time, need to be cautious when it comes to iOS updates, even small ones like iOS 8.1.1. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these iOS releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can least try.

Not Everyone is Having iOS 8.1.1 Issues

There are reports out there that suggest that the iOS 8.1.1 update continues the “crisis” that is the iOS 8 update. Rubbish. iOS 8.1.1 is certainly causing problems for some iPhone and iPad users but iOS 8.1.1 is, in our estimation, the most stable version of iOS 8 yet.

We’ve spent some quality time with the iOS 8.1.1 update on an array of devices and for most part, the update is solid. It fixes some of the more annoying issues on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6, it’s very stable on our iPhone 5s, and the iOS 8.1.1 updates for iPad 3, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 are all working out nicely post-iOS 8.1.1 release.


Every single iOS update, every single software update for that matter, comes with its own set of problems. And from what we can tell, iOS 8.1.1 does present a number of different problems for iOS 8 users though most of them appear to be isolated rather than widespread. Our iOS 8.1.1 reviews will help you get started but we suggest diving into other materials before making the upgrade.

Yes, there are problems but there is no reason to panic, especially when you consider the fact that there are potential fixes for many of the iOS 8.1.1 problems you might encounter if you do decide to install the update.

Fixes for iOS 8.1.1 Problems

If you are dealing with iOS 8.1.1 problems, we’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common bugs. These fixes, which range from solutions for battery life problems to fixes for installation problems, aren’t going to work for everyone but they’re worth a look if you’ve jumped up to iOS 8.1.1 and you’re having issues on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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We also suggest taking a look around. Apple’s Discussion Forums typically provide a number of potential fixes for serious issues and the MacRumors community is solid as well. Note these so that if you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.1, and you may, that you’re ready to fix whatever is plaguing your device. Usually, there’s a solution out there.

You Can Go Back to iOS 8.1

It’s worth noting that there is still a way to go back to iOS 8.1 if you aren’t satisfied with iOS 8.1.1 or if you want to jailbreak your phone or tablet. iOS 8.1.1 is not currently compatible with the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. It’s not clear how long this opportunity will last, Apple will likely close it up at some point, but if you do want to move back to iOS 8.1, we’ve got you covered with a detailed guide.

iOS 8.2

Finally, you should know that if you’re dealing with iOS 8.1.1 problems, you’re on your own for the foreseeable future. Apple’s released an iOS 8.2 update into its beta program though the company has yet to attach a specific release date to the software. Our guess, at the moment, is that it will roll out in and around the Apple Watch launch this spring. Even then, it’s not guaranteed to be the savior iOS 8.1.1 users are looking for.

Apple could roll out an iOS 8.1.2 update down the road but that’s not guaranteed to happen either. iOS 8.1.1 is very stable on several devices and despite the assorted issues, there’s no real incentive to release another big update. Many of these problems can be solved using various fixes and don’t require Apple’s attention.

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So, instead of sitting around moping, you should be proactive if you discover iOS 8.1.1 issues on board your device. Apple will likely roll out more bug fixes in the future but for the moment, it’s not clear when that might happen.