iOS 8.1 Released With Apple Pay, Bug Fixes & More

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At its big press event last week, Apple announced that it would launch Apple Pay on Monday, and it has with iOS 8.1 now available for download.

Let's hope this update goes off without a hitch. Its first iOS 8 update (8.0.1) launched to immediate complaints about the disabling of Touch ID and problems connecting with cell networks. That was quickly followed by 9.0.2, which fixed the issues, and came with an apology from the company.

It would appear that iOS 8.1 is a successful launch based on early reactions.

In addition to Apple Pay (for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), are MMS/SMS Handoff support on Macs, some new Photos features and new Messages features. There's a new option for selecting between 2G, 3G or LTE networks, AirDrop support for Passbook passes, and an option to enable dictation in Keyboards settings. It also enables HealthKit apps to access data in the background.

The update includes fixes for Wi-Fi performance and Bluetooth connection issues. It also fixes a screen rotation bug and a few other things. iMore has a rundown of all the fixes and features here.

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