Monday, October 20, 2014

iOS 8.1 Rolls Out Adding New Features to iPhone, iPad


Earlier today Apple released iOS 8.1 for all current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

The new features included in the iOS 8.1 update are:
  • Apple Pay for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • Photos app now includes the Camera Roll
  • Enables support for the iCloud Photo Library (beta service)
  • Enhancements to Messages for iPhone users to send SMS and MMS messages from an iPad or Macintosh running OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Fixes for Wi-Fi performance issues when connected to certain base stations/access points
  • Fixes and issue connecting to some Bluetooth hands-free devices
  • Fixes an issues that can cause screen rotation to stop working
  • Adds an option to select between 2G, 3G or LTE networks for cellular data
  • Enables HealthKit applications to access data in the background
The iOS 8.1 update on both of my iPhone 6 units (Sprint and Verizon) ran about 30 minutes from start to finish.  The update package was 126MB.

All current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices already running iOS 8 can upgrade now, for free, to the iOS 8.1 release.

Earlier this month, Apple released iOS 8.0.1 that caused some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers (about 40,000 customers in total) problems with using their phone to make calls.  iOS 8.0.2, which corrected the problem and iOS 8.1 do not suffer from the same issue as the original iOS 8.0.1 update did.  In other words, iOS 8.1 is safe to download and install.

For more information, see Apple's support website.
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