Today Apple has released iOS 8.1, the next major update for the latest iteration of its mobile platform, which was first unveiled back in June this year. The new software brings a couple of new features to all supported devices. Apple formally announced at its event on October 16th that iOS 8.1 will be released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models on Monday, October 20th. Perhaps the biggest feature that comes with it is Apple Pay, which goes live across the U.S. today as well.
Apple Pay is a new payments service that was shown off at last month’s event. It is already supported by major retailers and banks in the country with support for more coming in the near future. Apple Pay can be used for point-of-sale transactions as well as online purchases on Apple’s own content stores as well as other portals.
Apart from enabling support for Apple Pay in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8.1 also brings back the beloved Camera Roll, which makes its return upon popular demand. The iCloud Library feature goes live as well, albeit in beta mode, it allows users to access their photos across multiple devices and seamlessly syncs any updates made to those photos and videos to all devices.
iOS 8.1 has started rolling out over-the-air. You should receive a notification on your device when the update goes live in your region. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of days for the update to go live across all regions.