Apple has released the latest update for its iOS operating system, which includes several bug fixes and solves a problem that meant downloaded ringtones could be wiped from iPhones.
The iOS 8.1.2 update is just 16.6MB in size for those already on iOS 8.1.1, which was released last month in a bid to improve performance on older iOS devices, specifically the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
The latest update appears to be more basic, as Apple has mentioned only one specific improvement relating to the missing ringtones. The update offers a link to restore any missing downloads, which requires iOS 8.1.2 to be installed to run.
No security updates have been included in the update, as Apple reported that it has the same "security content as iOS 8.1.1". Apple has not revealed the other "bug fixes", although they are likely to be minor.
The update is available for all devices running iOS 8, which include the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus and the iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air and iPad Air 2.
The release follows new data from Apple showing that 63 percent of iOS device owners are now running some version of iOS 8. This is an increase of three percent over the last time the stats were updated.
Around a third of owners remain on iOS 7. These are likely to be iPhone 4 owners and those still using the original iPad, which cannot upgrade to iOS 8. The final four percent are on iOS 6 or before.
Apple will be pleased to see that uptake of iOS 8 continues to grow, although perhaps not as fast as it would like, especially given the rush to iOS 7 in 2013.
V3 awarded iOS 8.1 a four out of five star review, noting that, while Apple is playing catch-up to some extent with the latest major revision to the platform, the support for third-party keyboards and widgets, and updated Mail, Camera and Continuity features, are all great improvements.
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