Apple Launched iOS 8.1 – Let’s See What’s New and How to Install & Download

iOS 8.1 update new features

Apple launched the new iOS 8 update iOS 8.1 to the public and now you can download it on your supported iOS devices (iPhone 4s and later, iPad 2/3/4, iPad mini/mini 2, iPod touch 5 included).

We have had a preview of the iOS 8.1 before it really released last week. Now it is launched and available to download. The update log unveiled what’s new on the new update. Let’s have a closer look at the iOS 8.1.

What’s New on iOS 8.1?

>> Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Users (Restricted to US Only)

It is a long-rumored payment platform and finally arrives on iOS 8-running devices with the 8.1 update. After adding a bank card to Apple Pay and verification from your bank, you can access your card and use the fast payment Apple Pay by checking the so-called Passbook where your card is added using an iPhone 6 or 6+.

When making payments in the future, just tap the iPhone at a credit card terminal with support for NFC. However, specific retailers and specific banks, not all are supported. Owners can quickly open their card Passbook to use in retail stores, a finger confirmation to your Touch ID sensor can complete the purchase. Isn’t it very convenient?

Apple Pay support is also available for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 and will arrive on the Apple Watch as well.

Video: How to Use Apple Pay at the Point of Sale

Texts on Your Mac OS X Yosemite (SMS Relay)

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With your iOS 8.1 iPhone and Mac OX X Yosemite, you can respond text messages on Mac. This is only available for iMessages until iOS 8.1 update but the Continuity feature, SMS Relay makes it possible for text messages.

Instant Hotspot

No WiFi connection? It doesn’t that matter with an iOS 8.1 iPhone. Provided your Mac and iOS 8.1 iPhone 6 located near one another, you can open your iPhone Hotspot and it appears as a network on your Mac’s WiFi dropdown menu. Once connected, you can even see your phone’s battery life and signal strength from the top of the WiFi menu on Mac. When you quit browsing, hotspot disconnects automatically.

Beta iCloud Photo Library

It is available as a beta service on iOS 8.1 and looks and functions similar to the Photo app on iOS. It is available for the browser on iCloud.com. You can switch it on by going into Settings> iCloud > Photos. Remember to backup your pics before enabling this feature since it is still a beta service.

Other Features and Fixes (Quote from iOS 8.1 update changelog)

• Fixes an issue that prevented Guided Access from working properly
• Fixes a bug where VoiceOver would not work with third-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

How to Install and Download iOS 8.1 and What Should be Noticed?

Two choices for iOS 8.1 update: One is to update via OTA, and the other is to update on iTunes.

OTA update: Go into Settings > General >Software Update. The wireless OTA update sized about 100MB but you need to make away more than 2.2GB to free up the update package. Users who hold an 8GB or 16GB device may have not enough space, then you need to delete some files and apps. Learn how to backup iOS files before deleting to free up space here.

Update through iTunes: If you really can’t make away enough space, update through iTunes. Open your computer (Windows or Mac), launch iTunes, there will be update messages pops up once launched.

1. Never forgot to backup iPhone before update to avoid data and restore iPhone from backup
2. Jailbroken device can’t turn on normally after update, also, your will lose your jailbreak after update. For the device that can’t turn on normally, you need to update with DUF mode on iTunes after backup.
3. iOS update stuck on “connect to iTunes” screen, please refer to this article to fix it.

Lost data and can’t restore from backup? Please try iPhone Data Recovery software to recover data from iPhone without backup after update.

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