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Top 3 Questions on What's New in iOS 8.1 and How to Upgrade to iOS 8.1

July 19, 2016 12:11 pm / Posted by Jerry Cook to iOS 8
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When iDevice users are suffering a lot from various bugs and problems of iOS 8, some are even considering downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.x, the release of iOS 8.1, which includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, is like refreshing rain after a long drought. Now, before you upgrade to iOS 8.1, this article focuses on top 3 questions that iUsers are most concerned about. Please take a while to read this article and know more about the improvements in iOS 8.1, and something about iOS 8.1 upgrade.

Question 1: What's New in iOS 8.1?

Compared with iOS 8, Apple developers have taken user feedback into account, and added impressive new abilities, as well as fixes for iOS 8.

ios 8.1 improvements

Apple Pay

The most hyped feature to iOS 8.1 is Apple Pay, a new mobile payment solution built into iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch-compatible devices (iPhone 5 and later models), iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. (U.S. only) With it, owners can quickly open their passbook to use in retail stores and pay by tapping their phone at NFC payment terminals, after they add a card to passbook. A finger confirmation to your Touch ID sensor completes the purchase.


Another win for iOS 8.1 is that the returning of Camera Roll, which was replaced with a Recently Added in iOS 8, does eliminate the confusion about where to find photos in iOS 8. In addition, the iCloud Photo Library will be available starting as a beta in iOS 8.1, enabling users to save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device.

ios 8.1 settings


Apple adds the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS, MMS text messages from iPad and Mac. But you should note that your iPad and Mac should be update to the latest version, for example, you should update Mac to OS X Yosemite.

Other new features

Add an option to select between 2G, 3G, or 4G LTE networks for mobile data
Enable HealthKit apps to access data in the background
Add an option to enable Direction in Settings for Keyboards, separate from Siri

Bug fixes

Fix a bug where VoiceOver would not work with third-party keyboards
Revolve an issue where search would sometimes not display results
Fix issues with group messaging
Improve stability and audio quality when using MFi Hearing Aids with iphone 6 and 6 Plus
Fix an issue that was preventing the use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates

Question 2: Can I Upgrade to iOS 8.1? Which Device will Support iOS 8.1?

iDevices which support iOS 8.1 includes:

iPhone iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s
iPad iPad 4/3/2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad Air
iPod iPod touch 5th generation
Note: Not all the above-mentioned devices will share same using experience after updated to iOS 8.1, since iOS 8.1 may not act as smoothly in old models as in the latest ones.

Question 3: How to Upgrade to iOS 8.1?

There are 2 ways for iOS 8.1 upgrade: over the air, and using iTunes.

Over the Air: This is the simplest way to update your device. Just tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then tap Download and tap Install once the download finishes. Make sure your device is connected to be both Wi-Fi and a power source during the whole process.

upgrade to ios 8.1

Using iTunes: Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer and connect your device with it. In iTunes, select your device and click "Check for Update" in the Summary pane. At last, click "Download and Update". If you meet any error message while updating, you can turn to Apple's official website: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1275 for help.

how to update to ios 8.1

  • Even though these 2 ways may not cause data loss during the upgrading process, we strongly advise you to backup data before upgrading to iOS 8.1/9.3, just like you do during iOS 8 update.
  • iOS 8.1 will need about 126MB of free space on your device. Make sure you clear up your device to free up enough space for the upgrading. You can remove these junk files with iCareFone(iPhone Care Pro) without losing important data.

    clear space for ios 8.1 upgrade

In summary, while iOS 8.1 fixes some bugs of iOS 8, it also improves functions like photos and messages, and add new feature of Apple Pay. What's more, it improves the collaborative capacity of iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, which brings convenience for iDevice users owing more than one Apple device. You can consider iOS 8.1 download on your iDevice.

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