Apple has announced that iOS 8.1, the first major update to its iOS 8 mobile operating system, will be released on Monday, October 20th.
Some of the features in iOS 8.1 have already been introduced by Apple before, but for some reason, they were not included in iOS 8 when it was released back in September this year. For the soon-to-be-released update, the tech giant is planning to put back the Camera Roll album seen in iOS 8 so that users can take advantage of it in searching for their most recent photos.
iOS 8.1 will also include a beta version of iCloud Photo Library, which allows users to either back up their photos to iCloud, or use the library as their default storage when clearing up space in their Apple devices.
The latest iOS 8 update will also come with Apple Pay, the widely anticipated mobile payment system developed by Apple and slated to be used on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and other future Apple devices. Apple Pay can facilitate more secure payment transactions by letting the iPhones safely store credit card data in a Secure Element, which also contains a Device Account Number made specially for each iPhone unit. Users can then make purchases by using the stored credit card data, authenticated via their iPhones' Touch ID fingerprint reader, and transmitted through near field communications (NFC) technology. What is safe about the whole system is that the credit card information is never exposed to either the store or to the device (which masks the credit card data by generating a one-time only Device Account Number in lieu of the card numbers).
Another thing to expect from iOS 8.1 is that it will also include support for SMS Handoff. When activated on your iPhone, devices that run on iOS 8.1 (as well as Macs that run on the recently released OS X Yosemite) will be able to receive and reply to standard text messages and iMessages.
As expected in any software update, iOS 8.1 will also come with its own share of bug fixes and system enhancements. Careful not to repeat the iOS 8.0.1 fiasco, Apple is understandably more cautious with this latest update, and is urging users to provide feedback as soon as they can.
iOs 8.1 will be available for download on Monday, October 20th via iTunes, or as an over-the-air update for devices with iOS 8 including all iPhone models starting at 4S up, all iPads except for the first-generation edition, the fifth generation iPod Touch, and the third generation Apple TV.
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