Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:51

Apple: New iOS 8.1.1 fixes iPhone 4S iPad 2 performance, OS X 10.10.1 fixes Wi-Fi Featured


Apple has released its latest iOS 8.1.1 update, mainly promising faster performance on the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2, and an update to Mac OS X 10.10.1 for ‘improved Wi-Fi reliability’. 


If you’ve been using an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 with iOS 8.x, you have likely experienced slower performance than both iOS 7.1.2 and iOS 6.x.


It seems to always be the way that when you upgrade to a new version of iOS, and you’re using what is the oldest device, you suffer a performance penalty. 


This should hardly be a surprise, in a way, because the latest OS updates were designed to run on newer, more powerful iDevices, and it always seems to take Apple a little while to optimise performance on older devices that have lower amounts of RAM and what are naturally slower processors. 


So, with iOS 8.1.1 having been promoted across the web by blogs and more as being set to deliver performance improvements for these older devices, the question will be whether they actually do deliver on this promise. 


Well, we’re going to have to wait and see. I have seem some comments at blogs that indicate performance is improved, but as I haven’t yet updated my own iPhone 4S, I can’t yet state whether this is the case, although I will dig up my iPhone 4S and give it a shot. 


In the meantime I am downloading iOS 8.1.1 to an iPhone 6 and to a 6 Plus, with the OTA (over the air) update around 64 megabytes in size, which is good to see compared with the couple of gigabyes for the initial iOS 8.0 update. 


Of course, if you’re still using iOS 7.1.2 on any older iDevice that is compatible and you try an OTA update you’re likely to see that the update is still gigabytes in size, as you’re yet to make the leap to the iOS 8.x reality. 


You might also still face space issues for OTA updates, so if you want to update without needing to clear gigabytes of space first, updating via iTunes is recommended. 


Then there’s Mac OS X 10.10.1. 


It has been in beta for the last two or three weeks, and although I’m part of the OS X Beta program, I’ve resisted the urge to upgrade until the final version was available. 


Well, it is now here, and it promises to improve Wi-Fi reliability (which I had luckily not experienced on my MacBook but which a range of users had complained about), alongside improved reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server, improved reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers, and improved reliability when connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac. 


The OS X 10.10.1 update reports that it is 311MB on my 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina.  


Both updates are available to download right now!


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