Apple officially released iOS 8.1

As scheduled, Apple officially released the major update for its mobile operating system to iOS 8.1. The update comes with a ton of new features such as Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 plus (US only), iCloud Photo Library, Camera Roll and My Photo Stream album, the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS/MMS text messages from iPad and Mac, and more.

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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 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

Apple officially released iOS 8.1