iOS 8.1 will apparently arrive later this month with lots of exciting features

It’s no secret that iOS 8 adoption rates are rather low at the moment, whether that’s due to the highly publicised issues or if people think it’s not worth it isn’t clear. What is clear is that Apple is hard at work on the first major update, iOS 8.1, that will come with a number of new features and is expected to be released later this month.

Ars Technica has listed the new features that are apparently coming with iOS 8.1, but the main ones include bringing Apple Pay functionality to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (not that that is helpful to us here), Handoff features that will let Mac users with OS X Yosemite deal with text messages from their computer, and fixes to iCloud Drive which hasn’t been getting the best press recently either.

Some of you may have noticed that it’s rather soon for the first major update to the system, and you’d be right. Apple tends to hold off on the major updates for a few months, so to have iOS 8.1 coming less than two months after iOS 8 launched is a big thing. It could be that Apple is trying to increase the number of users using the new OS, or it could just be how its doing things now. Honestly we don’t know.

None of this has come from Apple, but the majority of it sounds fairly realistic. Apple Pay is set to go live in the US within the next month, so it would definitely require a hefty software update, and the sooner the issues with iCloud Drive get fixed the better. We’ll let you know if we hear any more.


Tom Pritchard