Apple is no doubt focused on its current and upcoming product lineup, but Cupertino hasn’t forgotten about those still using older devices. This has been made evident with the latest update to iOS 8 which primarily focuses on improving performance and stability on dated hardware.
According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 8.1.1 provides bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. Digging deeper into the notes on Apple’s website reveals a total of eight security issues that are patched but the bigger story here is likely the performance improvements.
As we’ve seen in the past, older Apple devices tend to slow down when next generation software is installed on them.
On one hand, it’s reasonable to expect some slowdowns as the updated version of iOS are written with faster hardware in mind. Consumers, however, are often ticked off by this practice (and understandably so) as they feel it’s done at least partially on purpose in an effort to get them to buy the latest model device.
Release notes indicate the update enhances Wi-Fi reliability, improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server, sending Mail messages when using certain e-mail service providers and when connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac.