iOS 8.1 Update Causes Dim Screen Issues on iDevices

iOS 8.1 Update Causes Dim Screen Issues on iDevices

Recently, my son encountered a peculiar problem with his 5th generation iPod touch after upgrading to iOS 8.1. The device’s display became noticeably dimmer, and no standard troubleshooting steps—like resetting or reinstalling the software—made any difference. It turns out, as CultOfMac reports, this issue stems from a new feature in iOS 8.1 that adjusts screen brightness using the home button, but also defaults to a dimmer setting than before.

Our troubleshooting confirmed that the dimness was not due to a hardware defect.

iOS 8.1 Update Causes Dim Screen Issues on iDevices

Activities like inverting colors, taking screenshots, and rotating the Messages app temporarily restored the brightness, indicating a software-based dimming filter. To resolve this, navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom and turn off the Zoom feature. This action should restore the screen’s brightness.

While this setting offers an alternative method to adjust brightness, bypassing the Control Center, it can be frustrating when such changes are not clearly communicated by Apple. This lack of transparency can lead to dissatisfaction with technology updates, as unexpected alterations can significantly impact user experience. It’s crucial for tech companies like Apple to keep their users informed about such changes to avoid potential frustration.

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Mark is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing insightful and engaging content to Apple enthusiasts around the world. With a deep understanding of Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, Mark’s articles offer readers valuable tips, news, and reviews. His expertise in the tech industry, combined with a knack for clear and concise writing, makes him a trusted voice in the Apple community. When he’s not writing, Mark enjoys exploring the latest apps and software updates, always staying ahead of the curve.