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ios_logoWASHINGTON, PA – Today Apple released the latest version of iOS. Version 8.1 is available for all devices that are compatible with iOS 8 and is a free update. This update provides an assortment of bug fixes as well as some major features. The major feature added with this release is that Apple Pay now works on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2. This update also introduces iCloud Photo Library that allows the storage of all pictures and videos on iCloud and for them to be shared across all devices. Another feature is that the “Camera Roll” has been restored due to customer feedback.

The update can be installed now via your device or by connecting it to iTunes. If you do not have sufficient space on your device to perform the update, it will work via iTunes.

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The complete release notes can be found below:

iOS 8.1

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:


  • Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only)
  • Photos includes 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 from their iPad and Mac
    • Resolves an issue where search would sometimes not display results
    • Fixes a bug that caused read messages to not 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
  • 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 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
  • Fixes an issue that was preventing the use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates
  • Bug fixes

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

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