Just a few days after it released OS X Yosemite, the latest version of its operating system for the Mac, Apple is making a major update to its mobile operating system available for download Monday, with new features including Apple Pay and improved performance for older devices. It also comes with the Continuity feature, changes to the way iOS stores photos in the cloud and the ability to use the iPhone as a hotspot.
Monday's release of iOS 8.1, first announced Thursday at Apple's media event unveiling new iPad and iMac models, comes on the heels of the rocky September launch of iOS 8.0. Users reported problems with that update including problems running in landscape mode, inability to connect to Bluetooth devices and loss of cellular service, ultimately forcing Cupertino to scramble to release an interim fix days later.
One of the most anticipated new features included in the iOS 8.1 update is Apple Pay, first announced at Apple's September keynote in which it introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, alongside the Apple Watch. With Apple Pay, users will be able to securely store their credit card information on their iOS device, which they can then use to make in-store payments.
However, although the latest operating system will be compatible with the iPhone 4s model, users will need the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to make use of the payment service. Models in the iPhone 5 line will eventually be able to make use of the payment service next year, if they are paired with the Apple Watch.
The update also introduces a suite of features collectively known as Connectivity. One such feature, Instant Hotspot, lets an iOS device act as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its Internet connection with other Apple devices. Another Continuity feature, SMS Relay, lets users use their Macs to send and receive SMS and iMessages, or to continue conversations begun on one device on another. Several of the Continuity features first appeared last week when Apple pushed out the latest version of its desktop and laptop operating system Yosemite.
The iCloud Photo Library, which replaces Photo Stream, is another hotly anticipated new feature. The service allows users to upload photos and videos directly to their iCloud accounts, rather than store them locally on their devices. And Camera Roll, the popular way to view photos taken with the iPhone that Apple discontinued with iOS 8.0, makes its triumphant return after a massive outcry by iPhone users.
Apple also is promising iOS 8.1 will be easier to run on older iPhone models, such as the 4s or iPad 2. Although the new system was ostensibly compatible with those devices, several media outlets urged users to avoid upgrading to iOS 8.0 when it first launched, thanks to reports that the system ran intolerably slow on older processors.
Posted: 2014-11-07 @ 6:53am PT
I am not liking the update. My keyboard screen keeps popping up and I am having a hard time removing it from my screen. Very annoying.
Posted: 2014-11-04 @ 7:18pm PT
With iOS 8.1 -- terrible battery life & Safari connectivity/usage on both iPad mini & iPhone 5. Waiting for yet another update to correct these major issues.
Posted: 2014-11-04 @ 12:20pm PT
I have an iPhone 4s. I'm having an issue with my Wi-Fi -- it can't be connected. Please tell me what I should do.
Posted: 2014-11-04 @ 4:19am PT
Since updating to iPad 8.1, the map app is not allowing me to use it. Instead, it insists I use a map from the app store. Now, the app store apps stays on screen covering my old map app. I cannot make it disappear from covering my old maps app. I tried 'cancel' to no avail. Even when I close all, the store app remains covering old maps.
Posted: 2014-11-03 @ 9:20pm PT
Similar problems with ipad2. Very frustrated - had to reconfigure and lost some data. Suggest Apple come up with some fix for frustrated and unhappy users. Advise older iPad users to stick with what works
Posted: 2014-11-03 @ 4:18pm PT
The iPad2 should have never been included in that update. And Apple should allow iPad 2 users to return to iOS 7. Why would I want to purchase another iPad in the future when they cannot fix these issues? PLEASE ALLOW US TO GO BACK TO iOS 7. Shouldn't having happy customers be a number 1 priority?
Posted: 2014-11-03 @ 2:03pm PT
Don't do it! I upgraded my iPad 2 when the iOS 8 first came out. Really messed it up. Many apps no longer work. Response time is now sluggish. I like some of the new features, but the problems far out weigh any enhancements. I, too, would like iOS 7 back. I will not upgrade my iPhone 4s because I cannot afford to mess it up!
Posted: 2014-11-03 @ 2:56am PT
All good for me on iPhone 5 and iPad Air.
Posted: 2014-11-02 @ 6:46pm PT
After upgrading to IOS8.1, my 4S got wifi connectivity issues and I am not able to connect my phone to wifi. Please do not upgrade your 4S to IOS8.1. Hope Apple will fix this issue on their next ios upgrade.
Posted: 2014-11-02 @ 2:49pm PT
Have upgraded my iPad to iOS 8.1 for, but it wrecked half of my programs. Every time Apple asked for my ID and password, it says ... for the past 5 years. How to fix it? I can't use it anymore. Please help. Even my iPad Mini keeps asking VPN for new iOS. I haven't upgraded it yet.
Posted: 2014-11-02 @ 11:47am PT
Is it going to solve the draining battery problem of the 4s?
Posted: 2014-11-02 @ 8:29am PT
Considering I am a happy user of an iPhone 4S and an iPad 3, I believe I will stick to iOS 7.1.2 for a while. Thanks a lot for your comments!
Posted: 2014-11-02 @ 7:03am PT
My phone has crashed since updating to 8.1.
Posted: 2014-11-02 @ 1:46am PT
I'm so glad I didn't update to iOS 8.1. When I updated to 8.0.2, it crashed my phone and my SIM card for iPhone 5c. I had to get a new phone and a new SIM card. I had no cellular service for 3 weeks!
Posted: 2014-11-01 @ 11:23pm PT
The Apple 8.1 update is terrible and has caused major problems with my iPhone 4s. I am experiencing problems with connectivity to cell service, wifi as well as problems with messaging and voicemail.
Posted: 2014-11-01 @ 9:26pm PT
I had just updated to 8.1 on my iphone 6 and it CRASHED!!! WTF???
Posted: 2014-11-01 @ 8:16pm PT
Did the update and having many issues on my iPad 2. Much higher Battery usage, slow to sometimes no response in flipping screens. Losing connections etc. Wish I had not upgraded. Much happier with IOS 7
Posted: 2014-11-01 @ 6:15pm PT
I've found there's still a lot of issues with 8.1. Might be better to wait for 8.1.1 for those who haven't updated yet and don't have an iPhone 6.
Posted: 2014-11-01 @ 4:30pm PT
This update crashed my phone-5s-which is 32days old --- so annoyed --- my advice would be not to update just yet.
Posted: 2014-11-01 @ 1:04pm PT
This update corrupted my iPhone 5c. I tried downloading it on the "Software Update" and there was an unknown error that occurred. Then my iPhone was unusable as it showed the picture of the power cord with an arrow pointing to iTunes. After plugging it in iTunes, the only option I have is to do a clean restore. This is completely not what I had expected to happen.
Posted: 2014-10-31 @ 2:28pm PT
I just downloaded ios 8.1 today on my mini iPad 16GB and hope this will be better than iOS 8 I had downloaded a month ago. I just did not like it as many things including typing was so darn slow. Too many problems! I just wanted the older version back previous to the iOS 8. It worked just fine for me. I do not like the idea of words appearing as I am typing. Very annoying and sometimes as I am typing a word would replace one that I am typing. If I was searching for anything specific and started to read the site over, it just may disappear for no reason. Frustrating indeed! iOS 8 used 5.8 GB of my data and ICloud messages came up saying I did not have enough storage. I had just over 1 GB left. Pictures take up a lot of space...I had around 900 pictures and removed half of them. Now I will use my camera more and transfer pictures from there in order to email pictures. I ended up getting an extra 20 GB for $.99/month. I now have enough for the time being and hope I will be happy now. Thank you and I hope this will help.
Posted: 2014-10-30 @ 9:11am PT
I have iOS 8.1 on my iPhone 4s and it makes it slower. For example, when turning it on, it'll have the Apple logo as the loading thing, and then it goes, and after about minute after that, it'll actually turn on. I hope they'll sort it out before they discontinue the updates for iPhone 4s's, because it is really annoying.
Posted: 2014-10-22 @ 5:45am PT
Did not like it! Where is iCloud on my mini iPad? where? Lost all my pics from iPhoto! What's going on Apple?
Posted: 2014-10-20 @ 6:41pm PT
Keynote is not loading because of this new versión.