Apple has already released a new iOS 8.4 update — Apple iOS 8.4.1 — last week on August 13th, 2015.
If you look at the date of this post, you will realize I am a week late in updating you. Let’s just say that life interfered and I was caught up with some personal things.
But the good news? Is that I have been using iOS 8.4.1 for sometime on my iPhone now, and I can clearly tell you what’s right and wrong with this new update.
Some of the users have also downgraded from iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 8.4 because they feel the battery drains a lot and the WiFi gets disconnected randomly. But first, let’s talk about the positive:
What’s New in iOS 8.4.1
We said that iOS 8.4 will be the final update after which Apple is going to release iOS 9 firmware. This iOS 8.4.1 update, as you can guess, is a minor release that focusing on Apple Music.
iOS 8.4.1 update improves and fixes Apple Music.
It resolves the iCloud Music Library issue that many were facing on older firmwares, and brings back the option to go through your music collection even when Apple Music is offline or not connected to the Internet.
Then, of course, the Love button when you use in the “Connect” section now works with iOS 8.4.1 firmware.
Believe it or not, as Apple Insider points out, data theft was possible on enterprise iOS devices running older firmwares. No one knew this. And fortunately, Apple fixed this theft issue with the iOS 8.4.1 firmware.
Here’s the complete changelog / features of iOS 8.4.1 taken directly from the Apple’s website:
Problems With iOS 8.4.1 Firmware
Now to talk about the iOS 8.4.1 problems.
And the number one problem? Apple users believe is related to the battery. With iOS 8.4.1, your iPhones / iPads battery drains quickly.
Then there is this WiFi issue that stops your device from accessing the Internet. It is not about the router or broadband connection you have (or even the range) – but for some reason, iOS 8.4.1 seem to make connecting to WiFi network a real pain.
This issue was also visible on older iOS 8 firmwares.
Next, we have more problems related to Apple Music – as in it crashes or there are problems accessing songs and so on. We have listed all the iOS 8.4.1 problems in a separate article that you may want to look into.
Note that iOS 8.4.1 doesn’t support TaiG jailbreak but you can still downgrade from iOS 8.4.1 to iOS 8.4 easily.
With that said, let’s see how to get iOS 8.4.1 on your iPhone / iPad:
Updating To iOS 8.4.1 Firmware
Make sure your device is compatible with iOS 8.4.1 – you can check this compatibility list to know more. Next, to upgrade to iOS 8.4.1 firmware, you have three options:
- OTA Update: From your compatible iOS devices, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update section to install iOS 8.4.1 via WiFi [Tutorial].
- IPSW Update: Download the iOS 8.4.1 IPSW file on your computer, then transfer / restore this file via iTunes [Tutorial].
- iTunes Update: Connect your compatible iOS device to your computer. Now use iTunes to download and install iOS 8.4.1 over the Internet [Tutorial].