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iOS 8.4.1 Release Time: What Not to Expect



Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 update is confirmed but the company hasn’t announced a specific release date or release time for its next upgrade. We want to make sure current iOS 8 users are as prepared as possible and today we take another look at the unannounced iOS 8.4.1 release time.

At WWDC, Apple confirmed tons of new iOS details. There, the company outlined its iOS 8.4 update and its upcoming iOS 9 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In late June, Apple released iOS 8.4 and its Apple Music platform. Many believed that the iOS 8.4 update would serve as the final piece of the bridge to the iOS 9 release in the fall. That won’t be the case it seems.

Apple’s confirmed another iOS 8.4 update called iOS 8.4.1. iOS 8.4.1 is currently sitting in the company’s developer beta program for developers and it will remain there until the company feels comfortable releasing it to the public. Unfortunately, we don’t know when that day will arrive.


While we wait, we’ve been trying to set the expectations of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users who are new to iOS and Apple’s release protocol. Veterans of iOS updates likely have some idea about what to expect from Apple’s next iOS release but those who are just joining us may not.

With an iOS 9 release date confirmed for the fall, the iOS 8.4.1 release date could come at any time. We have some theories about the precise iOS 8.4.1 release time but at this point nothing is confirmed. Today, we want to take a look a few things you shouldn’t expect from the iOS 8.4.1 release time. Keep this in mind as we push into summer towards the company’s unknown release date.

iOS 8.4.1 Release Time Surprises

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 8.4.1 release date or iOS 8.4.1 release time and we don’t expect it to. You’ll most likely be in the dark all the way up until the iOS 8.4 update is released. We wouldn’t expect any surprises from Apple though.

Don’t expect the company to all of a sudden release the update for devices at different times. It will almost certainly arrive all at once like all iOS updates. Don’t expect the iOS 8.4.1 release time to stray from Apple’s usual 9-10AM PST release window. It’s what iPhone and iPad users have come to expect and Apple doesn’t like to disappoint its customers.


This is a small update and we don’t expect to stray from the script. This will more than likely be a straightforward release with a straightforward release time. The update will land sometime between Monday and Friday with a release in the morning for users on the west coast of the United States.

iOS 8.4.1 Installation

As for the time it will take you to install the actual update, don’t expect it to take long.

If you are looking to install the update the second it comes out, don’t expect to run into any server problems. Server problems are typically reserved for monster iOS updates like iOS 7, iOS 8 and perhaps iOS 9.

Once you’ve got the update moving, don’t expect the installation process to take a long time. It’s clear that iOS 8.4.1 is going to be a very small update, a bug fixer, and we’d expect it to take no more than 20 minutes to install on your device.

So if you want or need iOS 8.4.1 right away for its fixes, you should be fine to install right at the initial iOS 8.4.1 release time. If you don’t need the update, you should wait a few hours for the smoke to settle.

Early iOS 8.4.1 Problems

If you don’t need the iOS 8.4.1 update right away, you’ll want to wait beyond the initial iOS 8.4.1 release time. We’re not expecting major iOS 8.4.1 problems but there will almost certainly be some initial hiccups that emerge immediately after the update’s release.

Typically, those include minor installation issues, perceived battery drain, and connectivity problems. We wouldn’t expect the iOS 8.4.1 update to be immune.


We wouldn’t expect early iOS 8.4.1 adopters to run into major issues though. This is a small update and one that’s cruising through Apple’s beta program so the extra testing should help Apple and its developers eradicate the software’s biggest issues before its release.

While we expect there to be some feedback immediately after the software’s release, most of the feedback will probably come a few hours after the iOS 8.4.1 update’s release. Don’t expect to have a clear view of iOS 8.4.1 and its problems until a few hours, or maybe even a few days, after the initial release time.

To Be Stuck on iOS 8.4.1

If you install the update right when it comes out, don’t expect to get stuck on iOS 8.4.1. If you install the update and you decide that it’s not worth it, you should be able to downgrade to iOS 8.4 immediately after the iOS 8.4.1 update’s release.

Apple typically signs off on its older updates for a week or two before cutting off support. We don’t expect anything different from the iOS 8.4.1 release. The downgrade process should be available immediately after the update’s release.

iOS 8.4.1 Jailbreak

Don’t expect jailbreak developers to be silent around the iOS 8.4.1 release time. With an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak up in the air, they’ll likely be vocal about whether or not the iOS 8.4.1 update is safe to install. They might also announce an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak if we’re lucky.

iOS 8.4.1 could break the iOS 8.4 jailbreak so you’ll want to be extremely careful. So if you’re jailbroken or thinking about jailbreaking, you’d be wise to hold back around the iOS 8.4.1 release time.

What’s New in iOS 8.4

Apple Music Streaming

Apple Music Streaming

The new Apple Music app includes the new Apple Music streaming service designed to take on Spotify, Pandora and other services. The iOS 8.4 update enables this new app and includes a free three-month trial of the Apple Music service.

With Apple Music you can pay $9.99 a month for an individual or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six members and enjoy full albums on demand and save music for offline playback.

Apple Music uses your musical tastes to pick new music that you might enjoy listening to in a new For You section of the music app that will help you find new music to listen to. The video above shows how this works.

This new app replaces the Music app from iOS 8 and earlier. Apple is not adding another app you cannot install from the iPhone or iPad, just updating one that is already on your device.

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