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Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1 updates cure performance and Wi-Fi problems

New iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite updates fix Wi-Fi and stability issues on older devices

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Apple has issued a pair of updates to its two operating systems. The OS X 10.10.1 update is the first one to hit Yosemite since it launched in October. Meanwhile, the minor iOS 8.1.1 update arrived for iPhone and iPad users. Both updates offer minor fixes to common problems experienced by users.

The update to OS X Yosemite includes the following bug fixes:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers
  • Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac

Perhaps the most important update for Yosemite users is the improved Wi-Fi reliability. Many users reported dropped Wi-Fi signals and other problems connecting to the Internet. OS X 10.10.1 should resolve that issue on most devices. The new version is available in the Mac App Store under the Software Update section.

Apple’s update to iOS 8 is even smaller, but for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users, it could be a Godsend. iOS 8.1.1 aims to increase stability and improve the overall performance of the OS on older devices, including the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. Nearly every iPhone 4S and iPad 2 user cited poor performance, short battery life, and other issues on their device, shortly after downloading iOS 8. The hardware inside older iPhone and iPad models isn’t necessarily equipped to handle the latest OS, so it’s unclear just how much better iOS 8.1.1 will perform on these devices, but it’s worth a shot.

The latest version of iOS 8 is available as an over-the-air update via Settings > General > Software Update or on iTunes.

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