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Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV 7.0.2

If you’ve harbored any illusions about how completely Apple is trying to integrate its operating systems, these updates should dispel them. In one fell swoop, Apple today updated OS X Yosemite to 10.10.1, iOS to 8.1.1, and Apple TV to 7.0.2, with many of the same security fixes in each.

OS X Yosemite -- The 311 MB OS X 10.10.1 Update is available via Software Update, and should be available soon from Apple’s Support Downloads Web site. OS X 10.10.1 does the following:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability

  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server

  • Resolves an issue that could prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers

  • Addresses an issue that could prevent connections to remote computers using Back to My Mac

  • Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets, and Actions may not be available

  • Addresses an issue that could cause Notification Center settings to be lost after restart

  • Addresses an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates

  • Addresses an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep

  • Resolves an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups

  • Addresses an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese

In addition, security fixes in 10.10.1 include better cache clearing after leaving private browsing mode, stripping of approximate location information uploaded to the Spotlight Suggestions server before a query was made, removal of unnecessary cookies sent to Apple’s servers when viewing About This Mac, and improved memory management in WebKit to prevent potential exploits.

After updating, you’ll be prompted for your iCloud password, asked to agree to the usual legalese that no one has ever read, and see a screen that claims it’s setting up your Mac.

iOS 8 -- Release notes for iOS 8.1.1 are sparse: “This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.” Performance improvements for those older models — and hopefully the similar iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod touch — will be welcome. We’ve also heard that Share sheets no longer lose the user-specified order of extensions.

You can install the iOS 8.1.1 update either via connecting to your computer and using iTunes or wirelessly via Settings > General > Software Update. The update is reported to be anywhere from 64 MB to 364 MB, depending on iOS device model. In general, for small updates like this, it’s fine to update directly on the device; for major updates like the jump from iOS 7 to iOS 8, it’s better to install via iTunes. Either way, make sure you have a backup first, either to iTunes or iCloud.

iOS 8.1.1 also includes a number of security improvements:

  • A change in caching behavior to preserve private browsing mode privacy

  • A fix for an issue that could let a local user execute unsigned code

  • Prevention of arbitrary code execution by malicious applications

  • A fix for a workaround that would allow an attacker to exceed the maximum number of failed passcode attempts

  • A fix for an issue that could allow anyone to access your photos while the device is locked

  • Stripping of approximate location information uploaded to the Spotlight Suggestions server before a query was made

  • Improved memory management in WebKit to prevent potential exploits

After updating, just as with OS X 10.10.1, you may be prompted for your iCloud password, along with a few other housekeeping questions.

Apple TV -- The Apple TV was also updated to version 7.0.2 with a few security fixes that prevent an attacker from running malicious code on the streaming media device. We aren’t aware of any other changes at the moment, but if you find any, let us know in the comments.


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Comments about Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV 7.0.2
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Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-11-17 17:41
The problems do appear to be affecting a lot of people, but none of the machines anyone on staff uses or interacts with, so there's nothing we can add to the discussion. Seems that there are a few possible situations:

* You haven't upgraded to Yosemite yet. If so, there's no hurry, and if you're worried about this, just follow the advice in "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" so you can downgrade easily afterwards.

* You just upgraded to Yosemite and are seeing problems. If you followed Joe's advice in "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite," you can downgrade easily.

* You upgraded to Yosemite a while ago, and can't downgrade because of that, but are having Wi-Fi problems. In that case, you should certainly install this update and see if it helps. If it doesn't, you're no worse off. Downgrading at this point is probably possible, but may be difficult.

* You upgraded to Yosemite but aren't having Wi-Fi problems. It's worth updating after making a backup so you can restore if need be.
I have an Apple TV 3 that had a known issue that affected some ATVs such that they would hang when coming out of sleep. The 7.0.2 update seems to have fixed that.
84MacMan  2014-11-18 02:15
Isn't this an historical first? Has Apple ever released all the updates on one day? I remember when updates for the Performa and the Mac IIcx were months apart for the same rev. I think today's events are the real news.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-11-18 09:22
I think it is a first, though with fairly minor updates. Even Apple couldn't do the initial releases of iOS 8, Yosemite, and Apple TV 7 at the same time. :-)

The increased integration among them is what's driving this - things like iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Sharing only work when you have all three.

It does make life really hard for those of us doing coverage. :-)
I think Apple's got some control over the strain put on their servers during updates with the "update requested" feature. I'm fairly confident they could handle all 3 concurrent releases
Benjamin Lowengard  2014-11-18 08:23
So I go to update my iPad Mini and it says I need 2g of space to install...I look and i have 648 m available. So I plug it in to iTunes, and the update happens (and it backed up etc...) And iTunes now says I have 3.68g available. ?? I look in usage on the iPad and it says i have 1 gig available. This is terribly confusing. Ever since 8.0 came out managing data has become very inconsistent. comments anyone?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-11-18 09:24
The "Other" category reported in iTunes is the big mystery with iOS device storage, because there's no way to know or control what's stored there. In the past, Messages attachments were an issue there, and I've seen reporting that watching movies can use space in Other, but allow it to be reclaimed later.

I think Apple's goal is for people to not have to think about space at all, which is why there wasn't much reporting in earlier versions of iOS. But that's fine only until you really do run out of space, at which point things get awkward.
Benjamin Lowengard  2014-11-18 15:17
well now I have to think about space all the time! The cloud was supposed to fix this for me - but it doesn't. (insert sad emoticon here) I'm a fairly progressive computer user and this is not progress! Accurate allocation reporting is really needed.
Frans Moquette  2014-11-18 18:38
Probably Apple pushed an iOS update over the air to your iPad mini. After you updated through iTunes that update was deleted freeing up the space it previously occupied.

In iOS 8 (and 7) you can manage your storage via Settings > General > Usage and then under Storage, Manage Storage. You can also delete any iOS update that was pushed to your device over the air by Apple here.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-11-19 11:23
We've now heard that iOS 8.1.1 also resolves some issues with pairing and connecting to hearing aids. Plus, other apps like Camera and Voice Memos had problems when the hearing aids were connected, and those issues were resolved for one reader too.
xandra  2014-11-19 14:51
Is it true that iPhoto Mac via USB will no longer sync with iOS devices as of iOS 8.1X?
Frans Moquette  2014-11-19 17:24
I would think not. All my iPhoto albums were transferred to my new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 and both are on iOS 8.1. My Mac is still on Maverics.
Dennis B. Swaney  2014-11-21 10:48
Same here with my iPad Mini 3 and iPhone 6; I'm using Lion (10.7.5)
Jennifer Donofrio  2014-12-08 14:00
After 8.1.1 on iphone 5S none of my Apple Issued adapters works. 30 pin to lightning, HDMI etc.
These are NOT 3rd party. They are Apple Adapters. Anyone having same issue?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-12-08 14:12
I've not heard of that before. I presume you've restarted the iPhone (hold down both Wake/Sleep and the Home button until it restarts)? Barring that, you may need to visit an Apple Store or call AppleCare. Sorry!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-12-10 15:01
Just wanted to add here that everyone running Dropbox and Yosemite should make sure to upgrade to 10.10.1, since it fixes a bug that causes problems with Dropbox. Dropbox said:

"OS X Yosemite may occasionally cause some programs to crash when you open, save-as, or first save a file. These crashes are rare but happen when an application, such as Dropbox, uses Yosemite’s official Finder integration — and if that program crashes because of this interaction, unsaved changes may be lost."
Phil Davis  2014-12-25 14:26
Forgotten by the author on purpose is that iTunes NO LONGER displays your ipod in iTunes a glaring mistake that should have been seen but Geeks at Apple are too much in a damn hurry to get stuff out