iOS 8.1.1: Everything You Need to Know Right Now

Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 release for iPhone and iPad is still in the company’s beta program. With no iOS 8.1.1 release date in sight, we want to take a look at everything we know about Apple’s next iOS 8 update so that when the company does decide to take the update out of beta, you iPhone and iPad users will be ready for its release.

Back in 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 and it stands as the company’s current version of iOS.

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.

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iOS 8.1.1 might be the remedy iPhone and iPad users are looking for. The update is currently toiling in Apple’s beta program as the company, and its developers, poke around for bugs and issues that might cause harm to iPhone and iPad. The update is widely expected to be next in line though without a concrete announcement from Apple, we’re left to wonder about its release date.

We’ve been taking a deep dive into the iOS 8.1.1 release in an effort to help prepare iPhone and iPad users for its arrival. Today, we want to offer an in depth look at our coverage so that when the iOS 8.1.1 release date does arrive, iPhone and iPad users will be well equipped to deal with iOS 8.1.1’s features and its potential problems.

iOS 8.1.1 Beta Hasn’t Moved

As it stands, the iOS 8.1.1 update currently sits in Apple’s beta program as iOS 8.1.1 Beta 1. Apple hasn’t released a second beta nor has it revealed any new details about the update that could, and should, fix several iOS 8 problems. The update is still being signed by Apple which means that an iOS 8.1.1 release date may not be imminent.

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The iOS 8.1.1 beta is significant because it’s one of the first betas that we’ve seen for an incremental update of iOS 8.1.1’s size. It’s also significant because it means that those of you with a developer account can install the update right now and see if it solves some of your iOS 8 problems. It’s a relatively minor update, bug fixes and performance issues are on board, but it’s worth a download for those of you experiencing issues.

We’re still not sure if we’re going to see a iOS 8.1.1 beta 2 arrive or not though given that the iOS 8.1.1 beta’s been out for a couple of weeks now, we could see some movement starting this week.

iOS 8.1.1 Release Date MIA

There was a rumor going around last week that the iOS 8.1.1 release was imminent. Apple has not released the iOS 8.1.1 update to the public and it’s not clear when it will do so. As we’ve pointed out many times, Apple almost never announces incremental iOS release dates ahead of the actual roll out which means that we probably won’t hear anything credible ahead of the public release.

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We should note that iOS 8.1.1 activity has increased in our site analytics in recent days, a sign that it’s probably in testing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Typically, when we see spikes like this something is either close or getting closer. This release is dependent on the testing process and so far, we’ve heard and seen good things.

iOS 8 Problems

iOS 8 problems and iOS 8.1 problems persist for iPhone and iPad users. On our end, it’s the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 that are encountering the most trouble. iOS 8.1.1 is expected to deliver bug fixes and performance enhancements (the change log says that these enhancements will be for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s) but we’ve outlined some fixes for those of you that simply can’t wait for iOS 8.1.1 to arrive.

We’ve taken a look at some of the more common iOS 8.1 problems and offered some possible solutions for those iOS 8.1 and iOS 8 problems. These fixes have worked for us, and many others in the past, and if you’re dealing with issues and can’t stand to wait any longer for iOS 8.1.1, we suggest taking a look there for a remedy.

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There’s a good chance that the iOS 8.1.1 update will alleviate several iOS 8 issues but remember, there’s also a good chance that it won’t. We might also see some iOS 8.1.1 problems arrive in the days and weeks after the roll out as well. You can never be too sure with these incremental upgrades. Just look at Apple’s failed iOS 8.0.1 update, the probable cause of the iOS 8.1.1 beta.

iOS 8.1.1 Release Date Tips

iOS 8.1.1 isn’t going to be a major update though that doesn’t mean that iOS 8 users shouldn’t prepare for its arrival. In fact, with the release date missing, you have ample time to get your iPhone and iPad setup for its release.

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We’ve outlined eight things you should probably do before the iOS 8.1.1 release. You don’t need to absorb all of these tips but we think that the more prepared you are for the iOS 8.1.1 release the better. Keep them in mind as we progress deeper into the fall, closer to the iOS 8.1.1 release. They’re going to help make the transition from your current operating system to iOS 8.1.1 extremely smooth.

Why You Should/Shouldn’t Install iOS 8.1.1 on Release Day

As a reminder, we’ve outlined some reasons why you should, and why you shouldn’t, install the iOS 8.1.1 update on day one. There is going to be temptation to install the second the iOS 8.1.1 is released. We understand that temptation, especially if you’re dealing with iOS 8.1 problems and performance issues. Many of you will want to install the update on day one. However, there is definitely reason to wait.