Apple has started seeding iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers, just two weeks after it generally released iOS 8.1 globally.
iOS 8.1.1 beta packs a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. Apple hasn’t specified in detail what all the update contains and considering that it is going to be a minor update, we won’t be seeing any ground-breaking things added to the mobile OS.
One thing that does come out strongly is that Apple has disabled the display of blood glucose data temporarily in its Health app. This move seems to be in line with Apple’s efforts to add compatibility with devices that display the metric in mmol/L – a standard way of measuring such levels.
Apple may take a few more days – probably a couple of weeks – before it rolls out iOS 8.1.1 generally, but it seems that Cupertino has settled in with the iOS 8.1 series for now.
iOS 8, which was released on September 17, did have a host of new features and enhancements, but the mobile OS had a fair share of its issues and bugs. Just a week after its release, Apple was forced to release 8.0.1, which it claimed had resolutions to all the issues. However, that turned out that the update was even more problematic because of issues related to Touch ID, wireless connectivity and even cellular connectivity in some cases.
Then came iOS 8.0.2 that intended to resolve the issues left over by iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.1, which it did resolve – well most of them – but some users were still complaining about Bluetooth connectivity failures among other things. To address this and other issues, Apple released iOS 8.1 on October 20, but the update brought in new Wi-Fi issues, bad performance of Safari browser, and the usual battery drain.
iOS 8.1.1 is expected to resolve most of these issues.