Apple releases iOS 8.1.1, and OS X 10.10.1

SoftwareUpdateIconXApple has released updates for both its latest iOS and OS X operating system software, which bring about improved Wi-Fi reliability as well as addressing problems users have had with Mail after upgrading. The update, which is available via Apple’s Software Update service, should be announced to you through Notification Center along the right-hand side of your Mac’s display, but can also be accessed by choosing the App Store option from the Apple menu. The iOS update can be applied by going to the General > Software Update settings on your iOS device.

The updates bring a number of bug fixes to Apple’s flagship platforms, but also include other fixes. These include the following:

For OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server
  • Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available
  • Addressed an issue that could cause Notification Center settings to not be retained after a restart
  • Addressed an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates
  • Addressed an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep
  • Resolved an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups
  • Addressed an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese
  • Allows you to append search domains for partially qualified domain names when performing DNS lookups
  • Addresses an issue where the Mac App Store might offer an update to Apple Remote Desktop when the latest version is already installed

For iOS 8.1.1:

  • Improvement in performance for devices running A5 chips (iPad 2 and iPhone 4s)
  • Improved support for Apple Pay in iPhone 6 systems
  • Access to iCloud Photo Library Beta
  • Improved SMS messaging support for iPad and Mac systems

As always, be sure you fully back up your systems before applying these or any updates. For OS X, be sure you have your Mac set up with Time Machine, attach your Time Machine drive, and then invoke a backup from the Time Machine menu. For iOS devices, you can go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and then enable this and tap the “Back Up Now” option, or you can attach the iOS device to your Mac and use the option in iTunes to back up your device.

When done, you can apply the updates (for iOS devices you must have 50% of your battery charged, or have your device plugged in) and be able to restore from your backup in the event something goes awry. So far most updates are working fine, though if you have any problems be sure to use the contact option to the right of this page and report any issues.

11 thoughts on “Apple releases iOS 8.1.1, and OS X 10.10.1

  1. darrenoia

    Not sure what it fixes, but on my 2009 iMac, it seems to break Bluetooth. Menubar app says “Not Available” (even though my mouse and keyboard are working to input). Magic Trackpad isn’t recognized at all, and scrolling on the mouse doesn’t work.

    1. WhiteDog Enterprises

      You backed up your boot drive before installing the update didn’t you? It’s simple enough to revert the system if you did so. If you didn’t back it up, well, now you know why you should have done so.

      1. darrenoia

        I did, and I’ve already restored. But you know, it’s quite a pain and hours of waiting to do it. By the way there are scores of people with the broken scrolling/gestures complaint on Apple’s forums. It seems that more and more people are expressing a desire for Apple to take a “Snow Leopard” moment and fix things with iOS/OSX.

  2. juanfal

    I don’t understand what the is for. I sent a clear and well documented explanation on a annoying bug Yosemite introduced in Mail. It doesn’t update intelligent folders as you delete items from it. Very annoying. Apple told me the bug was already filled and duplicated, (!?). Then the update, Mail 8.1, with same bug still there.

    1. JBoy

      It’s for exactly that purpose. But it’s not a promise to fix reported bugs. All software companies prioritise bug fixes according to criteria that outsiders rarely if ever see. So all this means is that your bug wasn’t high enough on the list. I’m told there are bugs in OS X that were first reported several years ago. Annoying, but that’s life.

  3. MC

    Would be great if one could actually download the update. 2-days of trying now and each attempt results in a message advising Software Update Unavailable.

    Inept. Seems to be a new hallmark of Apple

  4. Fred Bloggs

    Mail was working OK in Yosemite until I downloaded the 10.10.1 update today. Now it has several glitches and even crashed and required Force Quit to shift it. Great stuff Apple, what a load of rubbish.

  5. Dave

    While I will say that 8.1.1 did improve the ipad2 performances to a level that comes close to pre iOS 8 performance, it completely buggered up the Bluetooth. Seems to have broken the iPhone 6+ Bluetooth all at the same go. I don’t run a Mac, but my coworkers do and they all are seeing the same problem. Seems that 8.1.1 broke Bluetooth in every Apple device.
    If Apple keeps going downhill in this fashion it’s going to be the modern day Compaq. Perhaps HP will buy it and salvage something. Or not.
    Either way I’m becoming very disheartened, disillusioned, disturbed and disgruntled.

  6. Mark Jones

    I had a disappointed grandson today when I could not get my laptop Bluetooth connection working to my LEGO robot. It worked fine on 10.9 until I installed 10.10.1 two days ago. Apple certainly broke Bluetooth for that application, much to our disappointment.

    I could go back, but increasingly the updates to the other Apple software that I use such as iPhoto were saying they require 10.10.1. That was what pushed me into the upgrade (downgrade) in the first place. I am not a current Apple developer, so where at Apple can I go as a consumer to register my displeasure with this rollout?

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