Many boast that Apple’s support for legacy devices is better than its competitors, and in a way, we could say that is true. You can walk into any Apple Store and notice customers still getting support for Macs and iPhones that are years old, which is great, but that doesn’t mean that Apple doesn’t try to convince you to upgrade through some planned obsolescence. Many complained that even though the legacy iPhone 4s and iPad 2 were still supported by iOS 8, this slowed their devices to a crawl, and it seems that Apple has decided to address that.
Apple has just launched iOS 8.1.1, which we reported as being in beta a couple of weeks ago. Cupertino claims that the update does include some bug fixes, but the main reason for this update is to improve how legacy devices running Apple’s A5 chip will work. At the moment, the update only mentions that the update improves your experience on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s, but our “planned obsolescence” claim is mainly because the existing iPod Touch and first-generation iPad mini that are still on sale were not really affected by these issues.
We’re currently updating our old review units to confirm that these improvements are true, but be sure and share your experiences in the comments.