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iOS 8.1 launches on Monday; here is what you should expect

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iOS 8.1 launches on Monday; here is what you should expect
Apple iDevice users are looking forward to Monday, when they can download and install iOS 8.1 on their iPhone or iPad. The update will help correct some of the bugs that have been afflicting users of iOS 8. The most talked about new feature coming with the new build is Apple Pay. This is a mobile payment system that allows you to use your NFC enabled Apple iPhone 6 or Apple iPhone 6 Plus to tap a pad near the point of sale at a participating retailer, to make a payment.

The update will also bring back the Camera Roll, which had been removed with the release of iOS 8. At the same time, the iCloud Photo Library will be available so that you can save all of your pictures and video to the cloud. The feature ties in to your iCloud account and uses your available iCloud storage space. A smaller version of the pictures are stored on your iOS device, in order to use up less memory.

Another new feature, Instant Hotspot, requires a Mac with OS X Yosemite, to turn on the hotspot feature of an in-range iPhone running iOS 8.1. With SMS relay, iPads and Macs can receive SMS messages routed through an iPhone. While the Mac and Apple's tablets can receive iMessages, SMS messages have been limited to Apple's smartphones.

Among the bug fixes that iOS 8.1 will fix, is one that makes it difficult for an iPhone to pair with a Bluetooth device. While the update is expected to be disseminated on Monday, Apple has not yet released a time when we will start seeing notifications pop up on iOS devices.


source: MacRumors via RedmondPie

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posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:24 4

1. f35hunter (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Hope it come without problems for iFans .

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:43 8

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Do you really hope that?

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:16 3

10. tacarat (Posts: 726; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Only apple can get away with such bad software glitches and other problems yet have return customers. I hope it rolls out well too, if only because I don't want to help random strangers with manufacturer inflicted phone problems.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:58 9

18. f35hunter (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Yes i hope so , Although i hate Apple's policies but i know what the meaning of getting bad OS's major update when you thought it will be great one , like just when Sony release the 4.4 KitKat to xperia z1 & z1c when we thought it will be the best update but when it come it was nothing but a massive catastrophe until Sony fix this mess with the 4.4.4 update .
I am neither a blind fan nor blind hater but a normal consumer who likes simplicity.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:09 5

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You've earned my respect, great post. +1, and respect earned.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:50 9

16. D.Lamore (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


ios 8 is 2 years behind android lollipop ,a very good way to stay limited in mobile tech

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:10 5

23. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


In what aspect?

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 02:10 1

77. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Every aspect.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 20:55

52. AlikMalix (Posts: 5039; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Behind on what? I can do all you can do, but I can do it better....

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 22:05 6

55. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Can you transfer file over bluetooth???
Or connect with other devices through nfc???
Or just copy paste file to your phone...
And these are just basic things...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 22:15 2

58. Leo_MC (Posts: 1036; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


BT is a bad method to use when you want to transfer files (do you still use infrared for that, too?!); cloud is better.
Why do that?
Cloud, I don't need cables.
Next?

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 22:22 3

59. AlikMalix (Posts: 5039; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Ok, transfer files over bluetooth? why? I use iCloud, been using for since it was out..

I connect to devices just fine, I use BT, why NFC?

Copy Paste file to my phone, why, we use Cloud... plus therewas alaways something called Personal Cloud Harddrives (like WD MyCloud) that enables you to move files in and out without wires... and now there's iCloud - which is absolutely the best way to take files with you or access them ANYWHERE!!!

The things you mentioned are old ways of doing things.. welcome to 2014...

Dude, you just asked:
Can your horse pull a carriage? The answer: why, we have cars...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 23:42 3

62. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


You are such a smart guy! Talking about the mighty iCloud and how you can manage your files there now. You have YOUR answers for everything. Like you said: "Welcome to 2014". Android was there long time ago (I reall can't remember when).

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 23:55 1

64. AlikMalix (Posts: 5039; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That's it? I'm not "such a smart guy"... I use what works... But instead of enjoying and sharing our best here on tech, we redicule those that prefer something different.

I dont go off talking trash for the sake of talking trash... my experience is with iOS and it is a great experience. Some things iOS incorporated later than Android, some things it did before. I guess people choose what is more important to them.

So when you read my posts, pay attention to what I wrote - it is not to bash any platform, but to put those that say things like "iPhones are useless" or "welcome to 2012" or "people buy it because of great advertizing" or many other whatever it is reasons - when in fact it is just as useful, and capable as any, and in many things it's ahead of the curve... Android has different ways of accomplishing a task, some may be easier for some people, some find it requiring more difficult to use. There are forums after forums full of people that enjoy these products... But there are many hear that trying their best to discredit that - and I have no idea why...

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 07:13 1

85. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I have like 250gb if files...and I use must them often..
cloud is not answer for my needs..for me it's still in beta and costly over local storage..

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 13:02

87. AlikMalix (Posts: 5039; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Well how do u fit 250 gigs on your phone? Do you really use them slow and unreliable sd cards? It is a little unreal to need that much data on your phone, but try Western Digital My Cloud external HD.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 12:51

95. epdm2be (Posts: 471; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


When are sdcards slow?
They're still way faster than the supposed clouds which require FAST cellular connections to be really usefull.

The majority of population are more on 2G/3G than anything else despite the flashy 4G adds all around us.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 02:09

75. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Well, with jailbreak, yes you can. Of course not NFC (on older models). It's not out of the box functionality, but intalling jailbreak is buttery smooth and easy and doesn't void warranty or what so ever.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 16:27

90. akinng (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2014)


yes to all of them.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 02:10

76. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


iOS 8.1 launches on Monday then iOS 8.something and then .something will launch over the next weeks to fix bugs.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 06:59

84. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iDon't, iHope Apple remains consistent, as it has year-over-year, and releases a bug-riddened OS that disables everything from iAlarm, to Email iSync, to iMessage and iFingerprint scanner; not to mention iHeart monitor. eTcetera, eTcetera, iEtc!!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 11:48

92. ToastyFlake (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


What a jerk.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 16:20

93. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Android fan-twats are all the same dude...Just let them geek out, it's fine...I'll continue to use the superior product..

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 19:06

96. Nimbler (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Oct 2014)


You Sir, are a DOUCH !

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:29 1

2. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Can't wait to install in my iPhone 6 the new update of iOS 8.1

I know everything will be fine even many bad things happen in Apple bendgate. But doesn't stop me using my iPhone 6 and putting in my pocket. I love my new iPhone 6 :-)

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:46 1

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm loving my 6+ aba, hopefully iOS 8.1 gets rid of a few bugs. Other than that it's a beast of a beautiful phone. The features are insane, and the battery just will not die. Loving it, worth the camp out. My wife won't even put hers down, she's a tech rookie now lol, she's got the mini 2 also. The LTE version, I think she's hooked.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:36 7

27. Topcat488 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


He said the "features are insane". Hahaha, compared to what 2011.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:39 6

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


IDGAF what they're compared to. I live in 2014, and my wife and I enjoy the hell outta our iPhones. Now compare that fool.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 20:24 2

46. raza972area (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


So 2004 lambo isn't fun?

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 02:40 1

78. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


I'm hoping that too darkkjedii, because I'm loving my iPhone 6. I'd notice that sometime the Wi-Fi is slow connection and yes hoping to be fixed within this week.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 07:53

86. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I have clear wireless 4G home wifi, and it's terrible across the board, so I can't say for sure I have wifi issues lol. Looking forward to some 8.1 goodies and fixes. My wife and I adopted a kitten yesterday, and I've got some awesome time lapse, and slow motion vids of her at play, and pouncing on stuff. The camera is awesome. My 6+ rocks.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:36 5

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


apple has alot of problem with its update... should do something about it.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:16 3

11. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)


Isn't that why Apple is release an update Monday? At least Apple gets updates, android users have to wait on the manufacturer and the carrier..

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 18:38 2

42. sachouba (Posts: 151; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Actually, Android smartphones can pair with Bluetooth headsets without any bug and pay via Google Wallet...
Smartphones that work don't really need updates every week.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 18:51

44. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm paired up perfectly with my LG Tone Pro's and with my 06 RT Hemi charger. No issues bruh.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 22:07

56. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


We get updated weekly through google play services...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 22:08

57. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


We get updates weekly through google play services...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:37 12

4. T.Law (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 May 2014)


More bugs in your Apple, that's what you should expect.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:15 4

9. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)


How long did it take you to come up with that one? Cause you failed

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 00:21 2

71. T.Law (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 May 2014)


You mad bro?!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 16:24

94. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


12 fandroids geeked out with the thumbs up button...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 15:05 1

32. blingblingthing (Posts: 522; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


8.1.1 is what you can expect to be announced shortly.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 02:44

79. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


I don't see and I don't experience any problem in my new iPhone 6. Sometime slow Wi-Fi connection only but for lag, never have since I get my iPhone 6 last week.

Maybe only in your country have lots of bugs and lags. But here in Philippines never have experience about it!

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:09

7. palmguy (Posts: 502; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Don't do it!

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:13 4

8. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Because iOS 8 was an obvious failure...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:17 5

12. gregoryyy3 (unregistered)


How so? My iPhone 6 runs great on ios8

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 13:49 4

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So does my 6 Plus. Ignore this troll.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:30 1

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I have seen some issues that were not present on iOS 6.1.4. For example, the telephone keypad is non-responsive while a call is in progress. It doesn't happen with every call, but when it happens, it is quite annoying. Another issue is the already mentioned failure to pair with Bluetooth devices (like car stereo systems so you can take calls while driving). Good ole Safari has at least one issue - if you have multiple windows open, touch response is slower as more windows are open. Safari hasn't crashed for me, but its response to touch actions slows down. Last of the issues I have experienced, is a bug within the App Store where if you are checking reviews of a particular app, you can only scroll through the first 30 reviews. This bug can be reliably demonstrated.

The response from the Genius Bar staff person I showed the above items to was to wait until 8.1 is released. When I told them that I heard similar stories with iOS 7, they agreed, and said that 7 only recently got stable to the point they would use it for other than web content with Safari. At least they were honest.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:43 2

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I've yet to experience any of those.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 15:10

33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Before I went to the Genius bar, I reset (press and hold the power switch, then power down) the phone to make sure I could demonstrate the issues. Another issue that is annoying is when ending a call, after pressing the red end call button, it takes like 2 seconds (one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two) before the dialer keypad is displayed. With 6.1.4, the dialer keypad would be displayed before you could say 'one-thousand'. This is another item that I can reliably demonstrate.

Hopefully 8.1 fixes these items. VZW hasn't shipped my Note 4 yet, so I don't know if the Note is going to have similar teething items.

At this point, the 6+ is a meh experience for me.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 21:13

53. AlikMalix (Posts: 5039; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


What phone are you using - I have iPhone 5 (wifes), iPhone 5s, and iPad 3 - I have an 2007 Audi A6 with bluetooth, I have not had any issues you pointed out - I even tried opening 22 taps on safari, and, nope no lag, no response lag, no scrolling lag even on iPhone 5. iPad 3 there is a noticable jitter sometimes when scrolling web pages like this one but that's after about 15 tabs open and loading the same time...

What iDevice you're testing this on?

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 15:08

89. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


6+ with 16Gb of storage. One week into the Worry-Free Guarantee period. If v. 8.1 doesn't fix the issues, it is back to the store.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 23:48

63. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


How do you know? Reading about it on tech sites? Start dooing some job with it and you will see.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:10 3

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So does my 6+, and my wife's.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:20 2

24. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Not everyone has the latest iPhone, you know...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:41 2

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 19713; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Didn't say they did, nor did anyone else in this particular thread. Your post made no sense, yet some fool liked it.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 16:57 1

38. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


My point is that iOS 8 may run well on the latest generation iPhone, but people with previous generation iPhone had many issues with it, and many didn't even bother to update because of those problems with lag and whatnot...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 21:17

54. AlikMalix (Posts: 5039; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


iPad 3 (which was released with iOS 5, now running iOS8.0.2), iPhone 5 (which was released with iOS 6, now running iOS 8.0.1) and iPhone 5s (which was released with iOS7, now on iOS 8.0.2)

NO ISSUES... two of these are more than 2 years old...

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 22:23 1

60. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


And iPhone 4S has major issues, while still being forced to update...

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 03:08 1

80. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


My 2 year old iPad Mini without any issue on iOS 8.

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