Apple releases iOS 8.1

Apple today released iOS 8.1 which 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 Stream 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 preventing 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.

Available via iTunes or OTA.

58 Comments

        1. I have to find a place to use it first. I read that Walgreen’s will have it, but I don’t need a prescription.. That’s going to be in the future I guess.

          1. The Apple Store app and website should accept this right now. And Jason Snell of Macworld just tweeted a photo of a lunch he bought with Apple Pay at his local Whole Foods.

            Just be patient. This will take weeks and months to take hold. The CIO of McDonalds stated that their stores have the necessary NFC readers in place to start ASAP. It comes down to whether a merchant has the equipment in place and have set up their back end systems for Apple Pay. It will happen sooner than we might imagine. But be patient. It’s a huge change, and the rollout will take place over months, even years.

          2. just got back from walgreens. paid for my rx with pay. set up was painless. ask for my PIN because i set it up without thinking as a debit card. guess to streamline further, i need to go back and set the same card up as a credit card.

            another one of those “it just works” things.

  1. … could not be contacted!! UGH!!!

    Maybe Apple should reconsider offering it’s updates at 2am again. That might soften the initial impact on the servers, as only the  geeks like myself would be up that late putting the initial stress on the server.

  2. I tried setting up a CC for Apple Pay. Two credit and two debit cards, and they all said the issuer doesn’t support it. So far, this isn’t working out so well…

      1. I was already able to make purchases in iTunes with my card on file. When I click to add a card, I add the card number and security code, but it says it’s not supported. Amex, Visa, and MC options. None worked.

    1. Worked great for me. Added my BofA Debit card via a picture (amazing). Given an activation number to call BofA. Ansered call in 1 minute and card is now activated.

    2. Set up mine with Chase in about a minute.

      Used camera to get card number, entered the code on back, have to verify (I used email) got code, entered. done!

      FYI, when you enter the code… you can’t see it. the keyboard comes up and hides the box from view.. minor detail that Apple will fix soon I bet.

      Now.. I need a Walgreen’s/McDonalds/Etc run to use it 😉

      1. USAA has always been “coming soon.”

        Hopefully it’ll be real soon – I do all my banking with a local bank but I happen to have an account with USAA also. That’s likely the only card I have that’ll work in the near future.

  3. Now can’t get through to server to download on other devices…..gee who knew the servers would be jammed for ApplePay and 8.1……..will try again later……

    GLTA

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