Its been nearly two weeks since Apple released its iOS 8.4.1 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And in that time, we’ve seen several new and important details emerge. With the month coming to a close, we want to take a look at a few things we learned about the iOS 8.4.1 update in the month of August.
Last month, Apple confirmed yet another iOS 8 update. The update, iOS 8.4.1, is a follow-up to the iOS 8.4 update that the company released to iPhone and iPad users in late June. iOS 8.4.1 is a small update but an important one because it delivers some crucial fixes for the Apple Music platform that the company delivered alongside iOS 8.4.
The iOS 8.4.1 update that was released in mid-July was a beta, not a public release. Apple’s public iOS 8.4.1 release took place earlier this month and many iOS 8 users installed the update the second that it was released.
Since its release, we’ve seen a number of key iOS 8.4.1 details for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We’ve also heard more about the update that should follow the iOS 8.4.1 update in just a few short weeks. Today, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the iOS 8.4.1 update, and its successor, as we make our way into September.
iOS 8.4.1 Performance Holding
The first thing that we learned about the iOS 8.4.1 update in August is that it’s performing quite well across all of our iPhones and iPads.
We’ve been taking a deep dive into the iOS 8.4.1 update’s performance, it doesn’t come with any new features, and so far it’s been behaving itself.
We’ve been testing the update on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2. The only issues we’re seeing are some UI speed problems on the iPhone 5. These aren’t native to the iOS 8.4.1 update and our hope is that the iOS 9 update and its performance enhancements wipe them out.
We expect performance to hold across the board as we make our way into September. Major problems typically emerge within the first two weeks of an update’s release and we haven’t seen any widespread iOS 8.4.1 problems emerge for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t iOS 8.4.1 problems though.
iOS 8.4.1 Problems
We’ve learned that there are iOS 8.4.1 problems plaguing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users though the performance issues that we’ve seen all seem to be isolated.
Since its release, we’ve seen several complaints about bad iOS 8.4.1 battery life, problems with Wi-Fi connectivity, issues with Bluetooth, problems with slow wake on iPad, issues with various Apple and third-party applications, problems with cellular data and more.
None of these are out of the ordinary. These are all extremely common iOS problems and they pop up after every single iOS release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Fortunately, there are some fixes for these common iOS 8.4.1 problems and we’ve put together a list that should help should an iOS 8.4.1 issue emerge between now and the release of Apple’s next iOS update.
iOS 8.4.1 Downgrade Closed
We’ve learned that you can no longer trial the iOS 8.4.1 update.
As expected, Apple’s stopped signing off on the iOS 8.4 update. What this means is that the downgrade loophole that existed since the release of the iOS 8.4.1 update is now closed. So once you install the iOS 8.4.1 update on your iPhone or iPad, you’re going to be stuck until Apple rolls out its next update.
Now that the downgrade has closed up, you’ll need to be absolutely sure that the move to iOS 8.4.1 is the right one for you. As we’ve noted, with the iOS 9 release getting close, you might want to hold off to maintain solid performance on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 8.4.1 comes with security patches and bug fixes but it also has the potential to hamper performance, especially if you own an older device like the iPhone 4s.
iOS 8.4.1 Jailbreak Possible
We’ve also learned that an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak is possible. Pangu, the team behind various versions of the iOS jailbreak, teased an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak over the weekend.
As we’ve noted, the tease is merely a proof of concept and it doesn’t guarantee a public iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak release. In fact, we’d be surprised if the team behind the jailbreak released it to the public at this point.
With an iOS 9 release date rumored to be just weeks away, there’s a good chance that they’re focused on prepping an iOS 9 jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
Anything is possible but we’d temper those expectations.
iOS 9 Release Date
In August, we’ve learned that the iOS 8.4.1 update’s likely successor should be just around the corner. The iOS 9 release date hasn’t been confirmed but we have some solid leads.
The iPhone 6s launch date is heavily rumored for September 9th. The iPhone 6s release date is heavily rumored for September 18th. What this means is that we should see the iOS 9 release date announced on September 9th and an iOS 9 release date fall on September 16th.
Apple always announces iOS release dates on stage next to new iPhones. And standard Apple iOS release protocol calls for an iOS release a couple of days before the iPhone release date.
We’re not expecting an iOS 8.4.2 update at this point so there’s a very good chance that the iOS 9 release date will mark Apple’s next iOS release. So if you’re dealing with issues or simply want to skip iOS 8.4.1, September 16th is a date that you’ll want to keep in mind.
iPhone 6s Release Date Announcement
The first thing you need to know about the iPhone 6s release date is that the announcement should come on September 9th.
Apple will reportedly host an iPhone launch event on September 9th. Invites haven't gone out yet but if the company follows protocol, we could see the company issue them sometime this week. Apple sent out invites for last year's September 9th iPhone 6 event on August 28th.
Apple always confirms specific release date details at its iPhone events and it's there that you should plan on hearing about the official iPhone 6s release date for the first time.
If you're at all interested in the iPhone 6s and its release, this is the date to circle on the calendar. And given the source, it's probably alright to circle it in pen.