Last week, as part of their Special iPad-centric event, Apple informed everyone that they would be releasing their first major revision to iOS 8. That wasn't a big surprise, as several beta versions of iOS 8.1 had already been circulating with developers for the past couple of weeks. For those who are unaware of what to expect with 8.1, though, here is a summary...
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iOS 8.1 available Monday, October 20th–here’s what’s to expect

iOS-8.1

Last week, as part of their Special iPad-centric event, Apple informed everyone that they would be releasing their first major revision to iOS 8.  That wasn’t a big surprise, as several beta versions of iOS 8.1 had already been circulating with developers for the past couple of weeks.  For those who are unaware of what to expect with 8.1, though, here is a summary…

First and foremost, Yosemite users will now have full functionality of Continuity available to them and their iOS devices.

SMS Relay

Now you can SMS with all your friends, regardless whether they have an iPhone or not, right from your Mac. You can now choose to reply from either your Mac or your iPhone.  All of your Messages will appear on both devices, so you can start, continue or finish the conversation on the device of your choice. You can also start a conversation on your Mac as easily as clicking on a phone number  in Safari, Contacts, Calendar, or Spotlight.

SMS-Yosemite

 

Instant Hotspot

Now with Instant Hotspot your Mac can remotely use your Personal Hotspot functionality from your iPhone or iPad.  As long as they are in close proximity your Mac can automatically activate the feature on your iOS device and when it senses that Wi-Fi is unavailable and then simply disconnect from the hot spot when it senses you are no longer using the feature so that it can save the battery of your iOS device. The process repeats itself the next time there is no available Wi-Fi for your Mac, all the while the menu bar is displaying the battery and signal strength of your iPhone or iPad.

Instant-Hotspot-Yosemite

 

 Pay

One of the most anticipated features of iOS 8.1 is  Pay.  Apple first introduced the concept behind  Pay during the iPhone and  Watch unveiling last September.  We fully anticipate Apple’s take on the mobile payment scene to leave a lasting impact on how we pay for services moving forward.  iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and  Watch users with older model iPhones will be able to pay for goods and services backed by hundreds of retailers and participating banks beginning this week.

Apple-Pay

Other changes said to be included in the iOS 8.1 update include the ever-popular bug fixes for things like Bluetooth pairing issues for some users, the triumphant return of the Camera roll to iOS devices and access to beta iCloud Photo Library.

Keep checking back throughout the day tomorrow and we will let you know when 8.1 is available, and how you can download it, too.

 

 

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