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How iOS 8.1.1 looks on Apple iPhone 5

Updated on November 22, 2014

Apple iPhone 5 is finally updated with iOS 8.1.1. The version update is aimed to improve performance, increase stability and bring bug fixes. Since the release of Apple’s new mobile operating system version, iOS 8, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users encounter some glitches which prompted Apple to release a number of updates - versions iOS 8.01, 8.02 and 8.1, to address the problems. However, the versions also have brought their own issues.

The most recent iOS 8 iteration, iOS 8.1.1 was released for developers early this month. Though it may appear like a mere patch, it is the first time Apple seeded a beta patch in the history of iOS. This fix will also address the issues of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and battery life, as well as bring iPad 2 and iPhone 4S back to operation after they have been badly affected by iOS 8.

The iOS 8.1.1 has been initially reviewed by Gotta Be Mobile’s Adam Mills in iPhone 5. The initial impressions are generally fine, detailed as follows.

Download and installation

According to Mills, the installation process run about 15 minutes for downloading and installation, which was notably 10 to 15 minutes in the verifying process alone of the previous versions. Speed looked satisfactory, though this can vary since there are factors to be considered, such as the apps installed and used.

Apps, battery and connectivity

The apps are working fine and there were no battery problems. It was observed, the iPhone 5 delivered solid AT&T LTE data speed, stable Bluetooth connection and solid Wi-Fi connectivity. This is great, because if there are connection issues, they usually show up immediately after an update.

Bugs and performance speed

Initially, there were no bugs found in iPhone 5 as iOS 8.1.1 may already have obliterated them. This again is a good sign as bugs typically emerge immediately after an update. Mills shared iOS 8.1 gave a slow experience in his iPhone 5, but it was fast with iOS 8.0 and 8.0.2 on board. The speed iOS 8.1.1 is satisfactory, but not as fast as during the days of iOS 8.0 and 7.1.2.

Mills pointed that his initial review of the iPhone 5 with the new iOS patch was just a few hours after the update and there might be some changes to happen as he goes along, though he remains optimistic. Now, it is up to iPhone 5 owners to get the 8.1.1 patch on their handsets, but Forbes noted it is a significant update and might as well be grabbed.

For iOS device users who are not prompted with iOS 8.1.1 yet, they can go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. It should be noted the device must be 50 percent in battery capacity to download and install the new patch.

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