iOS 8.1.1 Now Available — Improves Performance on Older Devices

Apple has released the iOS 8.1.1 update, which is now available for download. It fixes some minor bugs, but more important, it improves the performance of iOS 8 on older devices, such as the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s. Many users of older devices regretted upgrading to iOS 8, especially those with an iPhone 4S. Hopefully iOS 8.1.1 will take care of the performance problems people had been experiencing.

iOS 8.1.1 can be installed on the iPhone 4S and later, the iPad 2 and later, all models of the iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

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As always, you can install the update via Wi-Fi by going to Settings > General > Software Update. And you can also update your device by connecting it to your desktop computer, booting up iTunes, clicking on the icon for your device in the row of icons at top left, selecting Summary in the left menu, and then clicking on Check for Update. 

If you have very little free space on your device, you may not have the option of updating via Wi-Fi, and will have to either free up some space or update via iTunes.

Be sure to back up your device before installing the update.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.