Last week, after a month long beta, Apple released the iPad iOS 8.4.1 update for all tablets capable of running the company’s iOS 8 operating system. iOS 8.4.1 is small but important and today we want to take a look at the important things to know about the iPad iOS 8.4.1 update.
In July, just a few short weeks after the iOS 8.4 release, Apple confirmed an iOS 8.4.1 update for arrival. The company dumped the update into its beta program for developers though it failed to confirm a specific release date or any of the iOS 8.4.1 update’s contents.
In late July, Apple released another iOS 8.4.1 beta for developers, a sign that the update was getting closer to public consumption. Last week, without warning, Apple pulled the iOS 8.4.1 update out of beta and delivered it to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
The iOS 8.4.1 release is here and it’s available for all devices that can run Apple’s current iOS 8 operating system. For the iPad that means the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, and iPad 2.
The iPad iOS 8.4.1 update isn’t as big as the iOS 8.4 update that came before it but it’s still an interesting update and one that many iPad owners remain curious about as we push deeper and deeper into the month of August.
Since its release, we’ve seen several new iOS 8.4.1 details emerge. We’ve also been testing the update on several different iPad variants. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the iPad iOS 8.4.1 update and tell you about a few things you should know as we press onward toward the iOS 9 release date.
iPad iOS 8.4.1 Performance
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The first thing that you need to know about the iPad iOS 8.4.1 update is that we've been taking a look at its performance on the iPad Air and the iPad mini in the days since its release last Thursday. And what we've found is a capable update that will serve as a quality bridge between iOS 8.4 and Apple's iOS 9 upgrade.
We'e been testing the update on the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 and we haven't found any major problems. Battery life is holding up, connectivity is strong, the UI is still extremely fast, and app performance has been nothing short of outstanding. We expect performance to hold on these devices in the weeks ahead.
We haven't been able to take an extensive look at iOS 8.4.1 for iPad 2, iPad Air 2 or any of Apple's other slates so if you're in need of feedback, we suggest poking around Apple's discussion forums and social media to get details about performance.