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Apple iOS 8.1.1 aims to revive older iPads, iPhones

Older Apple iPads and iPhones that were sluggish after being 'upgraded' to iOS 8 are expected to perk up a bit with the latest update.

iOS 8.1.1 targets iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

Older Apple iPads and iPhones that were sluggish after being "upgraded" to iOS 8 are expected to perk up a bit with the latest update.

Apple says its iOS 8.1.1, released Monday, includes "bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s."

While the original iPad Mini and fifth-generation iPod Touch aren't mentioned, they are also expected to work better with the update, since they have similar hardware, technology, Ars Technica reported.

A number of technology websites reported that after installation of iOS 8, many older devices didn't work as well as they did with iOS 7. For example, Mashable reported issues with load times, responsiveness and animations.

The update is also expected to fix WiFi, battery life and Bluetooth problems related to iOS 8, according to Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly, who said iPad and iPhone users should "rush to get" it.

'It helps a little, sometimes'

However, Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham reported late Wednesday that the update didn't lead to significant improvements in the performance of iPad 2 and iPhone 4s in a series of tests compared to the previous update, iOS 8.1.

"It doesn't hurt anything. It helps a little, sometimes," Cunningham wrote. "But if you were hoping for an iOS-7.1-on-the-iPhone-4-style shot in the arm, this unfortunately isn't it."

The release of iOS 8.1.1. is the fourth upgrade in the two months since Apple introduced iOS 8.0 on Sept. 17