A couple of betas of iOS 8.1.1 have already been released, but it’s said that the official iOS 8.1.1 release could arrive at some point this week.
One Reddit user, who claims he is an “Apple Associate,” says that he’s been informed of the upcoming iOS 8.1.1 update that will arrive sometime this week.
This isn’t too surprising, considering that the update has spent the last couple of weeks in beta form, so it’s only a matter of time before the public release finally arrives for everyone to download.
Unfortunately, it’s not said which day the update will arrive, but based on past history of Apple iOS updates, we should expect the iOS 8.1.1 update to roll out at some point in the afternoon Eastern time.
The update will be a crucial one for owners of older iOS devices, as the update will most likely come with a ton of performance improvements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. The iPhone 4s and the iPad 2 are two devices that have seen degraded performance with iOS 8, but the new upcoming update could fix many of the issues that these older devices are experiencing.
Many owners of older iPhones have been reporting slowdowns ever since updating to iOS 8, mostly because the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is aimed at newer devices. The iPhone 4s is the oldest iPhone that iOS 8 supports, so it’s no surprise that users who have this phone are complaining about performance, as it was just like this last year when iOS 7 was released for the iPhone 4.
As for what exact performance improvements will come with the update, it’s not clear, but users should at least look forward to experiencing a much quicker user interface on the older devices.
Until the update releases, though, iPhone 4s users don’t necessarily need to suffer that much. There are actually things you can do and settings that you can adjust to increase the performance of your iPhone 4s running iOS 8, most of which are fairly easy to change.
Usually the biggest culprits for sluggish performance on older iPhones are the animations and pretty effects that make iOS 8 look really good. However, if you have an older iPhone, they’re only making things worse. Your iPhone 4s’s processor probably can’t keep up with everything that’s going on, so it’s usually a good idea to turn off animations and get rid of those pretty effects.
On top of the performance improvements in iOS 8.1.1, the new update has patched up the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak, meaning that devices that will run iOS 8.1.1 will be unjailbreakable until Pangu can find a workaround for it.
This really isn’t too surprising, as Apple has been known to patch up jailbreak exploits with the next iOS update, and luckily the update is still in beta and hasn’t been released to the public yet.
If you haven’t already updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8.1, it’s a very good idea to do that now so that you’ll be locked in and will be able to jailbreak even when iOS 8.1.1 releases. Why do this? Because once Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to the public, they’ll stop signing iOS 8.1, which means you won’t be able to update to iOS 8.1 and will be forced to update to iOS 8.1.1, making your iPhone or iPad unjailbreakable.
Pangu released the iOS 8 jailbreak last month. It’s the same dev team who was responsible for the iOS 7.1 jailbreak that released earlier this year, and it essentially came out of nowhere. Now they’re back with an iOS 8-iOS 8.1 jailbreak, which experienced a bit of a buggy launch, but is back up running healthily now.
If you haven’t yet updated to iOS 8.1 and are interested in jailbreaking, it’s crucial that you update to the latest iOS version right now before iOS 8.1.1 releases.