iOS 8.1.1 is now available, as the first update since Apple’s launch of Apple Pay on the platform. It includes a number of bug fixes, improved overall stability, and, most importantly, performance improvements for older devices including the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. These devices, while technically supported with iOS 8.0, suffered a performance hit according to some as a result of the demands of the new OS, and this update should help make life easier for those who’ve already upgraded.
Apple doesn’t elaborate any further on just how these improvements work, but even just word of something potentially better should be welcome news to iPhone 4s and iPad 2 owners. We’ve also downloaded and tested the update on newer hardware, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and thus far, there haven’t been any major problems like the cellular connectivity bug that affected 8.0.1. It also seems to resolve problems some were having with iCloud Drive and apps including iWork for iOS.
The update can be found by navigating to “Settings > General > Software Update” and should download relatively quickly, as it’s a lightweight delta. Grab it now, especially if you’re dissatisfied with the performance of your older device under 8.0 and later.