iOS 8.1.1 will give your iPad back about 500 MB of storage space

iOS 8.1.1 not only provides bug fixes and performance improvements, especially for iPhone 4s and iPad 2, but it also comes with a nice surprise for all iPad owners — it returns about half a gigabyte of storage space.

After hearing about it from several readers last night, I tested it on a couple iPads in my possession, and in both cases post-update storage availability grew considerably. My iPad mini 3 it went from 7.5 GB remaining to 7.9 GB remaining. My iPad Air 2 went from 40.9 GB to 42.8 GB.

It sounds like 500 MB is the average size of return, and while that might not seem like much, it's a fair amount of extra songs, apps, and photos — especially on a 16GB iPad. And when it comes to storage, more is absolutely more.

Whatever Apple did to clean up, clean out, compress, and/or otherwise make svelter the iPad version of iOS 8, it'll no doubt be appreciated by many, especially those already tight on space.

If you've got an iPad, don't wait. Update and get your storage boosted now!

(If you're so tight on space that you can't download iOS 8.1.1 over-the-air via Software Update, you can update via iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC instead.)