Apple initially introduced the iOS 8.1 along with the announcement of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 during their event last October 16th at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Today, the company officially released the iOS 8.1 and it is now available for download.
Apple Launches iOS 8.1. It is Now Available for Download

What's new with iOS 8.1?

Apple's iOS 8.1 update brings us new features such as Apple Pay, which was initially expected to debut with iOS 8, access to iCloud Photo Library beta, support for SMS messaging on iPad and Mac and Instant Hotspot. Aside from the new features, it also includes improvements, bug fixes and the return of camera roll.

Here's the official iOS 8.1 changelog
  • Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only) 
  • Photos include 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 on from their iPad and Mac 
    • Resolves an issue where search would sometimes not display results 
    • Fixes a bug that caused read messages not to 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 
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play 
  • 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 6 Plus 
    • Fixes an issue with VoiceOver where tone dialing would get stuck on 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:

Apple Launches iOS 8.1. It is Now Available for Download


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