iOS 8.1 is available now, brings back the camera roll and enables Apple Pay

iOS users, rejoice! Apple has just released iOS 8.1, so if you're an owner of an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPad mini, or anything newer than these, be sure to visit your Settings app today in order to get what could be considered the first major update within the iOS 8 release.

Among the most notable additions and improvements brought by iOS 8.1 are support for Apple Pay, the company's new payment service, iCloud Photo Library, and SMS support for iPads and Macs. And, as promised, iOS 8.1 also brings back the good old Camera Roll, which was replaced by the weird "Recently Added" feature in the previous iOS version.

Starting today, users of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can take advantage of Apple Pay by visiting one of the 220,000 enabled stored scattered across the US, and simply waving their mobile device next to the terminal for contactless payments, and then putting their finger on the Touch ID sensor to authorize a purchase. There are many chains and stores supporting Apple's new payment service, with some of the more notable ones being Mc Donalds, Nike, Subway, Macy's, Disney stores, and more. In order to use Apple Pay, though, users will first have to register a debit or a credit card in their iPhone's Passbook application.

In case you're wondering why you can't use your still-fancy iPhone 5s for contactless payments, even though it also has Touch ID, it's because the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the only iPhones thus far to sport an NFC (near-field communication) antenna. Yep, the way the iPhone communicates with the payment terminals is exactly though the NFC antenna. But don't worry, starting sometime in early 2015, you'll be able to carry out such payments with your iPhone 5s, provided that you get the Apple Watch (which has an NFC antenna). Still, there's one more side to Apple Pay, and that's the fact that many third-party apps are going to support it as a purchase option. Utilizing the Touch ID sensor for authorization, users with any Touch ID-equipped device will be able to purchase things easily and safely from within compatible third-party apps. Examples of such apps include Uber, Target, and Panera Bread.

Next up, iCloud Photo Library is much more straightforward - it let's you store your photos in iCloud, leaving more free space for other content on your device. Your iCloud Photo Library will be accessible from your other Apple devices, as well as the website. Plus, any changes you make to an iCloud Photo Library photo on one device will be immediately visible on all other connected devices. Still related to the Photos app, users will be glad to know that the Camera Roll is making a return, allowing them to easily browse all of their photos, not just their most recent ones.

Another major enhancement coming with iOS 8.1 has to do with Continuity - the way a user's iPhone, iPad, and Mac all work together. With iOS 8.1, it'll now be possible to work with SMS messages directly from an iPad or a Mac, saving you the need to reach for your iPhone. In addition, the new Instant Hotspot feature will make enabling the use of internet tethering a piece of cake. Actually, once they set it up, users won't have to do anything - internet tethering between their iPhone and iPad or Mac will work instantaneously, whenever a Wi-Fi network isn't available.

As you can imagine, the iOS 8.1 update also takes care of many bugs and other issues that have plagued the early versions of iOS 8, including Wi-Fi unreliability. Hopefully, this latest release will finally bring Apple's newest mobile platform to a more mature and stable state.

You can install iOS 8.1 by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update on your iOS device, or by connecting your iPhone or iPad to a computer with an up-to-date iTunes.



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Last big update for 4S - such a good phone. Jailbreak, come!

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Downloading as soon as I finish back training

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Ok, we all know that you update your phones after workout, but haven't you thought if it's really so interesting for other people to write about it all over web?

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't actually care what they or you think. We post what we want :D

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

dark is that a charger or a mustang in your pic? Plus how's your wife (she's the one with the 6 right?) liking it? i kinda like it actually, plus i realllllly want those apps i paid money for

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My 06 Hemi V8 Charger bro. Furbal, Rebelwithoutaclue, Smurf, and I were having a conversation so I made mine my profile pic. The wife actually went with the 6+, she loves it. Thanx for asking bro, try it out.

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

I'm just hoping it goes on sale soon, your car is sick i miss my challenger after i got my brz but can't complain, its a head turner and 30mpg sure doesn't hurt ;)

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Challengers rock, the C7 Vette rocks too. Thanx for the compliment, I love my ride. I call it the "Big Dawg" lol

35. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I need to have a Challenger Hellcat. Seriously, I friggin' need that beast.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Downloading it right now. :)

11. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

The update went rather smoothly on the 5 iPad/Pad Minis in my house and with the wife's iPhone 6/64gb Verizon but... My iPhone 6 Plus/128gb Verizon Has Been A Nightmare... After the download/verification it immediately went into RECOVERY MODE and I'm now attempting to restore it from an iCloud backup I did last night. My only hope is that IF this thing ever successfully restores, iOS 8.1 will solve the constant re-booting issues my iPhone 6 Plus/128gb has suffered from since launch day... It's Been Completely Unusable. My local Apple store has replaced it TWICE already, so it's obviously a software + iPhone 6 Plus issue, though things did improve a bit when I changed the Display Mode to ZOOMED as it appear that iOS 8.0.X simply couldn't properly scale existing apps to 1080p without crashing. So much for Apple's 'It Just Works' Nonsense.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ummm yeahhhhhhhh...

15. Manti

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

darkkjedii, if you didn't have your head so far up Apple's butt that it's cut off the circulation to that excuse for a brain you have rattling around there you'd probably know that the iPhone 6+ rebooting issue is something that a lot of people have been dealing with. It's all over the official Apple forums and turning on zoom in the display settings does seem to help. People like you with your stupid fanboy snark truly suck.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ummm yeahhhhhhh

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My 6 Plus never rebooted except for today for some odd reason. I've been running on zoomed view the second I got service on my phone.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As much as you've demonstrated an intense hatred of Apple/iOS/iPhone, why on earth would you buy a 128 gig 6+. It just doesn't add up dude. You sound like you just wanna bash Apple, but not look like the typical hater, that does it without actually using their products. Constant reboots, recovery mode, not being able to scale apps, which it does perfectly, these haven't been mentions anywhere on the web dude. Hmmmm...

24. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

darkkjedii, believe whatever makes you feel comfortable in that Apple RDF, though you should realize that there are those of us who for whom these devices, Apple iPhone etc included, are nothing more than appliances, NOT some kind of ridiculous cultish object to idolize... as you so obviously do. I buy/own gadgets/devices from any/all manufactures/platforms I desire... SANS your biased, tainted and worthless input. Here's a shot of my Apple iPhone 6 Plus/128gb Verizon, (accompnaied by iPad Mini/R 128gb Verizon) still installing apps/media (from my MacBook Pro) AFTER I had to do a complete restore due to a failed iOS 8.1 installation. http://​rderiPhone6Plus128gb.jpg Like Apples? Hope You Like Those Apples!

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Update went smoothly. No problems whatsoever.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Majorly improved mine Smurf, wife's is preparing update now, then on to the iPads.

33. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Just finished download bro. I like it and yes much better and running smooth and fast.

34. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Glad to hear, now I can do my pads

3. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I have installed it on my 6 Plus from Verizon and AT&T. So far all is good. Some updates already needed to be updated like Staples and Apple Store to enable Apple Pay.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Just tried to download the update to my 6+, but no go - the phone won't pair with my WiFi network, and it won't download the update absent a WiFi network to pair with. What a PoS! :-( Off to the Apple store I go.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You can always update it through iTunes. I'm updating mine right now and it already downloaded the update but is stuck on 23 seconds remaining. EDIT: Update went through.

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Update: The Genius Bar staff did an update from iTunes, because they could not get the WiFi router at the Apple Store to be recognized by iOS v 8.0.2 on the 6+. Then, I had to erase all content and settings before I could restore content and settings from a backup I had made on iCloud. While there was an ultimate resolution, it shouldn't have been as hard as it was. iOS v. 6.#.# on my iPad was nowhere near as difficult (for every one of the updates that were rolled out up to v. 6.1.4). Net-net, 8.1 seems to have addressed the issues I have experienced. If I keep the phone, I will be hesitant to do further upgrades until I have checked the support forums to confirm no issues with the upgrade that is being released. Cautious optimism at this point.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Immediate difference, working sooo much smoother and faster now. Text message bug is no longer there. Much better

22. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Anyone update iphone 4s, , is there any problems like does the update make the phone slower than before. Please anyone share some experience.

25. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

I have been testing the beta of iOS 8.1 for over a week. It runs a lot smoother. It was so awful before, because they introduced a new system that was meant for their faster processors. But, I'm pretty certain this is the update that fixes the compatibility with our outdated 4s phones. I have tested it for awhile, so I am confident to tell you it's a ton better.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wifi is connected with in two seconds of turning it on, attaching pics/vids from within messages would sometimes crash it, now it does it super fast n smooth. So far all the bugs I made note of are squashed.

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