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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.



  1. Doug Desenberg

    11/25/2014 at 12:29 am

    Maybe you guys should take a look at your website. I’m running a very fast macbook pro, latest generation and your pages jump all over the place. Very annoying. I won’t be back

    • SikOfApple

      11/27/2014 at 3:38 am

      It’s probably a bug in your “fast MacBook Pro”. This type of behavior, on sites that work for 98% of users but “jump” on really fast PCs, means the software code is buggy and doesn’t compensate for faster performance. Go complain to Apple about it. Maybe a less expensive Windows laptop for half the price will run things much better…. And you wouldn’t need to worry about your “fast MacBook Pro” becoming obsolete and useless in two years, either.

  2. Si Hartgroves

    11/26/2014 at 11:22 am

    I am *totally* dissatisfied with the recent IOS updates installed on my iPad 3 (like a bloody fool I have installed sequentially everything up to 8.1.1 in the vain hope that the bugs had been eradicated from the various stopgap ‘fixes’ during testing): It is now no longer possible to cut and paste from Notes directly into a web browser box (Safari, Chrome, Coast etc – none of them accept text from the clipboard); additionally individual Notes will often duplicate their titles, with the same title appearing against two different Notes – and, while still on that inbuilt app, imported text will now often be displayed in double spacing – there is no option to change the formatting (this is a random event, but it seems insoluble). Delays are now built-in to keystrokes (as I am typing this, letters are being displayed up to half a second after each keystroke). Hard resets and restores make not a blind bit of difference. How can a company, once so brilliant at responding positively to user’s requirements, continue to foist off sub-standard and inadequate updates on their gullible and once slavishly-evangelistic-about-Apple-products customer base?

  3. Yoma

    11/26/2014 at 1:30 pm

    My problem is with downloads from bbciplayer, which load but will not move into the folder for later viewing. Anyone else with the same problem since update to iOS 8.1.1?

  4. Jean

    11/26/2014 at 2:24 pm

    I am so fed up with this Apple update strategy! Each new release is draining the battery more and more. But iOS 8 and later is A MASTER OF DISASTER!!!!! You Apple freaks give us users possibility to roll back to version that was still on acceptable level! iOS 6 the best or iOS 7.1.2. If you aren’t experienced enough in proper beta testing and you force users with this dodgy update, NO THANK YOU! I charged the phone at 3PM on 100% and at 7 PM after occasional email checks and iMessage replies battery ended up on 5%!!! I have disabled all background activities except “Find my iPhone” and all notifications, but battery drainage is still very heavy! 1,5 year old iPhone 4S is a piece of shit after your iOS update!

    Instead of focusing on how to kill jailbrake holes, focus on proper functionality!!!

  5. SikOfApple

    11/27/2014 at 3:34 am

    I used to be an Apple Mac guy long ago. A year ago, I finally got an iPhone 5c instead of an Android phone, as all my IT tech support friends recommended (oh, I’m an IT Manager, by the way).

    This article, Apple’s indifference to any device more than a year or two old, and my own experiences with the iPhone 5c have taught me: never again an iPhone. Android will be the next phone.

    I’m tired of iTunes and it’s Gestapo-like control over my content. Heck, I can’t even put my OWN personal music I create on the darn thing and change computers without Apple making me lose my music and re-load it – rubbish. They’re just protecting the wealthy content owners more than me and my stuff.

    So in your article, 8.1.1 is working well on the 5s, the most recent and powerful 64-bit system next to the 6, where it solves “most” of the problems? Again, rubbish. So Apple just don’t give a darn about anything less powerful than a 5s? Then I don’t give a darn about them.

    Too bad, Apple – your pretentious marketing attitude that only hardware made in the last year or two matters to you is killing you – your LOSING market share, aren’t you? So be it. Start making products that have a shelf life over one or two years and you may have something.

    Meanwhile, at least making your crap work properly after a few months of updates would help.

    • SikOfApple

      11/27/2014 at 3:45 am

      Incidently, I want to THANK the operators of this web site for helping to convince me (more than I had already been convinced): I’m sticking with iOS 7.1.2 on my iPhone 5c! I recommend ANYONE with ANYTHING less that a 5s (4s, 5, 5c) just blow off iOS 8 – I think it ain’t NEVER gonna work – like MOST Apple products, requires power that only the latest, greatest products released in the last year have. If your Apple product is more than a year or two old, FORGET iOS 8!! Thank you for this article!

  6. F Robert

    11/27/2014 at 12:19 pm

    My last update has my I pad air flashing blue border square

  7. Alex

    11/27/2014 at 12:23 pm

    My problem is that I don’t have any signal at all. I have a job where I need my phone to communicate with coworkers, boss and family of course. Someone recommended going back to iOS 7.1.2 .. How exactly do I do this ?

  8. Ron

    11/28/2014 at 7:21 am

    This is such a poor article. It claims to be an article detailing issues with iOS 8 but it gives very few details as to what those issues are. Don’t waist your time reading it.

  9. Mr_ID_UX

    12/14/2014 at 10:26 am

    I am DISGUSTED by Apple’s amateurish OS ‘update’ rollout! Because there was zero testing or Warnings given to users of older hardware.. I have to conclude it was a cynical, money-grubbing ploy to force users to upgrade their hardware.. Well – never again will I waste money on anything made by Apple! They have destroyed the performance on my iPad2 and they also PREVENT users from Reverting The OS to 7.x – which worked extremely well! So.. Screw you Apple and screw all of the idiotic product managers .. Right up to the CEO that oversaw this DISASTER.

    .. And while I’m at.. I’m also pissed off with the lame-ass penchant of Apple in forcing users to upgrade to non-standard hardware adaptors – like Thunderbolt! I work in a shop surrounded by Mac Powerbook Pros.. Everyone has the video adaptor to conect to a standard DVI monitor… And they ALL fail after 3-6 months! I wonder how long the silly Ethernet adaptor I was forced to buy to plug into ‘the worldwide standard for Ethernet connections’ will last as well!

    .. I have many other issues with Apple software and hardware.. Apple had better get it’s act together FAST or it is toast!

    • Can I kick yo ass

      01/22/2015 at 5:51 pm

      Listen fagboy fanboy,

      Snapple make some of the best gay products on the gay market … Steveo died from being butt rammed my Timmy “long tooth”.

      Now take yo big fat belly to the grocery store and buy another bag of jelly donuts


      Willy wanker

  10. Bay

    12/25/2014 at 11:01 pm

    I wouldn’t totally agree with the “fixes” strategies, but the new update has pretty much ruined my iPod touch, the lag is awful and my screen randomly goes blank for a few seconds to a minute sometimes, I always have my brightness down and my apps closed but either way it drains my battery… Don’t update if you haven’t already.

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