Apple has just released the first developer beta preview of its next update to its mobile operating system, iOS 8.1.1.
According to its release notes, iOS 8.1.1, which is labeled with the build number 12B432, “includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.”
It’s also expected to remove blood glucose tracking from the Health app, as has been planned by Apple since the feature was discovered to be incompatible with standard measurement units in certain countries.
As noted by 9to5Mac, iOS 8.1.1 beta marks the first instance in recent history of a beta release for a minor sub-point update to iOS. Presumably, Apple has been doubling down on quality control, with the help of registered developers, since the disastrous distribution of iOS 8.0.1.
The upcoming iOS 8.1.1 is the follow-up update to iOS 8.1. Released a couple of weeks ago, iOS 8.1 introduced major new features including Apple Pay, Continuity, iCloud Photo Library, and the restoration of the Camera Roll.
The first beta of iOS 8.1.1 is available through Apple’s iOS Developer Center, which also includes a new beta for Apple TV.
Earlier today, Apple also begun seeding the first developer preview of the beta version of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite.
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