Apple Delivers Bug Fixes and New Features With iOS 8.1
After putting their heads together for months, developers at Apple are said to have finally fixed all the bugs reported in iOS 8. Apple has now released the first major update to its latest mobile operating systems. The iOS 8.1 update supports new features like Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and some additional Continuity features.
Using the TouchID sensor and NFC embedded in latest iPhones, users will be able to pay for purchases without ever needing a credit card. This feature is called Apple Pay. In addition to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, users can also use Apple Pay through their iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 within supported apps.
Apple Pay is supported by Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards with American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo as launch partner banks. Apple Pay payments are currently accepted at over 220,000 stores and the number keeps on increasing.
If you are concerned about security of your bank account, you shouldn’t be. Apple Pay stores your credit and uses NFC technology for payments. The credit card number is stored locally on your phone and it is never synced with iCloud. It is removed when you perform a factory reset.
Do you own an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s? If yes, then you will have to wait till 2015 when Apple Watch will be released. You will be able to use Apple Pay with your iPhone 5/5c/5s when paired with the wearable device.
iOS 8.1 comes with another new feature called the iCloud Photo Library which allows users to host photos in the cloud through their iCloud storage. Users will be able to save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device so that they can see them anywhere, anytime.
iCloud offers 5GB of this storage for free, with addition storage space coming at $3.99 per month for 200GB.
Meanwhile, iOS 8.1 has also brought back the Camera Roll, which was mysteriously missed in iOS 8.0 update.
Continuity features (one of the best features for me) are also available in the latest update. These include SMS Relay and Instant Hotspot. Using SMS Relay, your iPhone can forward your text messages to your Mac and iPad, and you can even answer from those devices. Instant Hotspot connects your iPhone with Mac in few taps.
Introducing new features is never an easy task. Apple has introduced many new features in iOS 8 so their rapid updates are justified. It is also reported that iOS 8.2 and 8.3 are already being tested at Cupertino.
Will there be more features in upcoming releases or will they be just bug fixes? Tell us what you think about it.