Apple iOS 8.1 Update now Available!

As promised during the recent Apple event last week, the company has starting seeding the iOS 8.1 update which carries with it a few new features and enhancements to iOS 8.

One major change to iOS 8.1 is the inclusion of Apple wireless payment feature called Apple Pay. Initially available to U.S. residents, Apple Pay offers a convenient and secure way of payment wirelessly using an NFC supported iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.

Another inclusion to this update is the ability to send and receive messages from your iPhone using your iPad or Mac screen using the new Continuity feature.

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iOS 8.1 Changelog

iOS 8.1 Update

Below is the official iOS 8.1 changelog as reflected on the iDevice’s update screen:

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only)
  • Photos includes new features , improvements and fixes
    • Adds iCloud Photo Library as a beta service
    • Adds Camera Roll album in Photos app and My Photo Steam album when iCloud Photo Library is not enabled
    • Provides alerts when running low on space before capturing Time Lapse videos
  • Messages includes new features, improvements and fixes
    • Adds the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS and MMS text messages from their iPad and Mac
    • Resolves an issue where search would sometimes not display results
    • Fixes a bug that caused read messages to not be marked as read
    • Fixes issues with group messaging
  • Resolves issues with Wi-Fi performance that could occur when connected to some base stations
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent connections to Bluetooth hands-free devices
  • Fixes bugs that could cause screen rotation to stop working
  • Adds an option to select between 2G, 3G, or LTE networks for cellular data
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play
  • Adds AirDrop support for Passbook passes
  • Adds an option to enable Dictation in Settings for Keyboards, separate from Siri
  • Enables HealthKit apps to access data in the background
  • Accessibility improvements and fixes
    • Fixes an issue that prevented Guided Access from working properly
    • Fixes a bug where VoiceOver would not work with 3rd party keyboards
    • Improves stability and audio quality when using MFi Hearing Aids with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
    • Fixes an issue with VoiceOver where tone dialing would get stuck on a tone until dialing another number
    • Improves reliability when using handwriting, Bluetooth keyboards and Braille displays with VoiceOver
  • Fixes an issue that was prevent the use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

For those of you who are curious, I have already updated my iPhone 5s and so far I did not encounter any major issues with this update. For more Apple updates, be sure to subscribe to this blog or ‘LIKE’ or official Facebook page to get the latest tech news.



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