Apple announced iOS 8.1 at the iPad event last week, and the update is set to roll out later today and is likely to become available in India at around 10.30PM. The update will bring a plethora of features including support for mobile payment option Apple Pay, and also bring back the popular Camera Roll.
iOS 8, which was announced and released last month, was quickly followed by iOS 8.0.1 and iOS 8.0.2 updates. The former was supposed to fix the bugs found on iOS 8, but instead caused issues like call drops and TouchID failure for many users. Apple immediately released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the botched update.
With iOS 8.1, Apple is set to bring in several features including support for Apple Pay, Instant Hotspot, SMS relay, and return of much requested Camera Roll. For a refresh, Apple Pay enables users to make online payments with hundreds of retailers with a tap on the Touch ID on select iPhones and iPads. It no longer requires users to take the credit card out of their pocket in order to pay for the bills. However, this feature won’t be functional in India for quite some time.
The Instant Hotspot feature will allow users to remotely turn on iPhone’s Personal Hotspot capability via Yosemite-powered computers. Users will also be able to see useful information like the iPhone’s network status, and battery availability among others without ever taking the phone out of their pockets or bags.
The SMS relay feature will allow users to reply to the messages from either one’s Mac or iPad. Users will no longer be required to find their phones to respond to their messages. The iOS 8.1 update will also bring back the Camera Roll feature that Apple had removed after the release of iOS 8 update. And as one would expect, several bugs will also get squashed with the new update.
Check your phone at 10.30PM tonight for the availability of the new update. It should automatically show up in the Software updates section in the Settings tab, and you will only be required to give green signal before the phone downloads and installs the update.