Here’s What’s New in Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Updates

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Apple released the iOS 8.1.1 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 updates to the public on Monday to address several software bugs and improve the overall performance of both operating systems. The public release of the iOS 8.1.1 update comes barely two weeks after Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers earlier in November. The update should be welcomed by owners of Apple’s older-generation devices since it includes “bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.”

The iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 are the oldest models in Apple’s smartphone and tablet lines that can run the latest iOS 8 operating system. However, as reported by Ars Technica in September, both the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 seemed to struggle with rendering certain animations in iOS 8. Both devices also saw a noticeable drop in speed when it came to launching and closing apps. According to the iOS 8.1.1 release notes, the latest update should improve the software’s performance on both devices.

The iOS 8.1.1 update is compatible with all the iPhone and iPad models that were released after the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, as well as the fifth generation iPod touch. The update can be downloaded immediately via iTunes or directly over-the-air to compatible iOS devices by selecting the Software Update option under the iOS 8 Settings menu. Apple also issued the Apple TV 3 software update version 7.0.2 today, which is compatible with both of the third-generation models of its set-top digital media player.



Besides releasing another update for its mobile operating system, Apple also issued the first update for its OS X Yosemite desktop operating system since it became available last month. OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 features several stability, compatibility, and security improvements, including a Wi-Fi connectivity problem that some OS X Yosemite users have encountered. In addition to fixing the Wi-Fi bug, Apple said the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update also:

  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers
  • Addresses an issue prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac
  • Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Notification Center settings to not be retained after a restart
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep
  • Resolves an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese

The update also features several improvements for enterprise customers. The OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update is available for free from the Mac App Store. Apple recommends that users back up their systems using the Time Machine function before installing the update.

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