Reminder: iOS 8.1 arriving for iPhone and iPad later today (Update: Here!)

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UPDATE: iOS 8.1 has rolled out. Let us know how you get on installing it, and if you have any issues. Also, if you try Apple Pay. I’d love to hear how well it works, before it rolls out on my side of the pond. 

If you have an iPhone or iPad on T-Mobile’s network, remember that a pretty major “dot” update is coming your way today. iOS 8.1 is expected to land within a few hours.

Perhaps the biggest update in 8.1 is the availability of Apple Pay. From today, with the update, the new mobile payment service will be available to U.S. consumers, and a number of stores are supporting it at launch. The payment system uses the bespoke NFC antenna built in to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores, and Touch ID for online purchases. It’s supported by all the major national banks, as well as hundreds of regional ones and has the backing of credit card companies like VISA, AmEx and MasterCard. Some will be available to add from today, others will be later this year. Find out more about Apple Pay on the Apple site.

Second in the major updates list is the addition of SMS handoff . In short: Users with Macs running Yosemite will be available to send SMS messages from their computer providing the iPhone is within Bluetooth range or connected to the same wireless router. It also brings the instant hotspot feature. So you’ll be able to connect to your iPhone from a Mac/iPad and use it as a hotspot without having to use a password. Note: You can only do this between your own devices. No need to worry about other iOS users being able to piggy-back on your data allowance without authorization.

Third, is iCloud photo library which stores all of your photos, that you take, in the cloud and shares them across all your devices. Unlike Photo Stream, the number of files isn’t limited to your most recent 1000 images. And in an unusual back track, Camera Roll is back too. Seemingly, the new “Collection” and “Moments” organization was confusing to many iOS users who demanded the easy-to-find Camera Roll return.

The update will be available later today. Knowing Apple’s history, I’d guess at a release ETA between 1pm-3pm Eastern/10am – 12pm Pacific. But it could land at any time Apple decides to push the button. It should be available as an over-the-air download, but be sure to back up your device before updating. You never know what could go wrong when Apple releases a software update these days.

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  • Mr. Mister

    LMAO. That last sentence is golden.

  • Android_God

    I’m sure the iSheep are happy!!!

    • Linus Trivol

      You mad bro? Not apples fault most androids don’t get updates. No need to hate the world because you prefer an inferior OS. It really is considering the security risks, lack of coordination between the OS developers, phone manufactures, and carriers and that each new version requires more and more power just to run it.

      • Android_God

        You iSheep will suck down just about anything from the Apple tit.

        • Linus Trivol

          And you android groupies will keep your heads bobbing on googles “tip” not realizing how that evil corporation is just head screwing you lol. I forgot to mention the privacy issues with that OS… Oh I remember why. There is none to be expected.

        • Android_God

          Google’s tip tastes like a delicious lollipop! Shouldn’t you be out charging your iPhone you sheeptard?

        • droidP

          AG, keep your head bobbing, keep your head steady bobbing. skeet skeet…

      • Jerry Rich

        Yeah “bro”, try running IOS 8.x on a iphone 4.x and see how much lag you get. Android inferior to IOS? What you smoking “bro”? The only thing IOS can do properly is task switch. Compare multitasking on a Icrap 6+ vs a Note 4 and you’ll see the difference.

      • Jerry Rich

        So you delete mine and leave this pro apple crap up?

      • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

        How much is Apple paying you to post that?

        • Yeah, they mad…

          The hurt is strong with this one…

    • Your God

      Android is for peasants who cannot afford Appld products. Fact.

      • Android_God

        my other comments got deleted so I will give up here. You win

        • thepanttherlady

          More than yours were deleted. There is no need for lewd and disgusting comments on a tech blog.

        • Gulf 1 Vet

          It’s not the first time android_dog has been disgusting or lewd. I saw his messages, and although I’m not homophobic – I don’t care what lifestyle he opts to pursue, his comments were inappropriate for a carrier fan blog. Strange indeed.

          Thank you pantherlady. I know you were not passing judgement on android_dog’s orientation, just to be clear, but censoring his not funny quips and retorts. It’s not like the android OS doesn’t have some okay things about it, I imagine, that he could have discussed, but some people choose to take the low road. Thanks again for setting them straight. I like your blog.

        • thepanttherlady

          He wasn’t the only user participating in that particular conversation which is why they were all deleted.

          Thanks for the compliment but this is Cam’s blog. I’m just along for the ride. :)

        • Mike Palomba

          Agreed

        • TBN27

          Say it again! I am so disgusted at they people insult each other over this subject matter. I have heavily reduced my comments here and completely stopped on other sites because others become immature, insulting and personal over a smsrtphone choice and people’s expressions.

        • thepanttherlady

          I, too, get tired of the “my phone/os is better than yours”. It’s ridiculous and childish in my opinion. Some people either don’t know how to play nicely with others or didn’t get enough hugs growing up.

        • Mirad77

          I agree with you. The thing is sometimes some of us want to use our personal experience as a general factor for an OS which is just true. Others don’t have mutual respect and to agree to disagree.

        • TBN27

          Yes agree to disagree but do not berate each other over light subjects such as this. Sharing reasons for our OS choices shouldn’t verbal WWE smashfest. I wish for monitoring on these sights to stomp them out.

        • Medion

          If you’re really going to give up, well, that was the intent of deleting your post :)

      • Anon

        Not necessarily true. The pricing on the Nexus 6 is keeping me with Apple products. Had it been priced at below $400 same specs and below 5 inches screen size, I would have given it a try. Oh well, missed opportunity for android considering it’s almost not a Beta OS and ready for prime time.

    • donnybee

      And the Android Herd are here to play it looks like! Hating on Apple because the “cool kids” say so..

  • kev2684

    mobile payments will finally be mainstream. can’t wait to use Google Wallet in more places!

  • notyourbusiness

    I’d forgotten that iOS 8.1 was being released today. Actually checked my iPod touch 5th gen. for updates last night but something made me close out of Settings before it could finish searching. I definitely plan on updating it later. Glad that Camera Roll is returning with this update.

  • B Tilley

    Still remains to be seen if Apply Pay is any more convenient than using a credit/debit card.
    I’ll give it a try.
    To use Apple Pay I suspect that you will need to wake up your phone, start an apple pay app, select the desired credit card, and then tap the machine while pressing the home button.
    I bet that the card method may actually be quicker.

    • Apple Guy

      Actually, when you get in range of an apple pay station, your credit cards will appear on the front of your phone and you just have to use your fingerprint.

      • B Tilley

        I hope it will be that simple!

        • donnybee

          Let us know! That’s exactly how it was designed, so it’s supposed to be the easiest form of payment, along with the safest on market. Win/Win!

        • B Tilley

          I tried to use it at BJ’s today. Looks like this location was not yet set up to accept it.

  • Aurizen

    I have an iphone 5 so I’m just hoping for some bug fixes lol

  • Matt T

    Update is live

  • meanie

    im almost done with update took 40 min. so cal

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    • Roberto Jaimes

      Shut up

  • Cam Bunton

    Let me know if you try Apple Pay! Would love to hear how convenient it is/isn’t before it lands over here.

    • Erik Knudsen

      my guess is that it will be just as convenient as google wallet has been for a couple years now

      • Cellularcrazy09

        Except Google wallet wasn’t easy or convenient. It was a hassle and was very limited in its support. I had the Galaxy nexus for that reason and couldn’t use it. At least Apple has support of capital one and Bank of America, not just Amex.

        • Erik Knudsen

          Sucks for you I guess. I use it pretty much everywhere with 3 different bank accounts. Couldn’t be simpler.

        • donnybee

          Actually it could be, with Apple Pay, which doesn’t even require you to unlock the phone.

          Also, couldn’t be more secure, with tokenization that’s much more secure than any other current form of payment. Best solution for those who care about personal privacy and ease of use. Plus backing from most major banks in the U.S.

        • Mirad77

          Just ask yourself what the fingerprint does? If you prefer this solution then fine but don’t speak volume of what you know little.

        • donnybee

          Is this a real question?

          Do I know that the fingerprint secures the transaction? Question is…do you?

        • Mirad77

          I thought we were thought to answer questions when asked, not answering the question with another. Try that and see how it works.

        • donnybee

          ..and I thought we were taught to spell correctly. Guess that was only some of us…

          I’ll tell you what, I have no problem explaining to you what the fingerprint sensor does. But don’t come on here acting like we don’t know what we’re talking about just to get us to explain it to you. If you want to learn, then ask. That’s how society works. So if you’d like me to explain it, you can try to ask the way a learned person would or you can go to Google and look it up. Either way works.

          Have a great day.

        • Mirad77

          I see the only thing you did well is pick out my misspelled word ( thought instead of taught ). Thanks for that. Nevertheless, you couldn’t recognize my question nor answer it then beat around the bush to finally refer me to our beloved Google. It says much.
          Thank you and have a great day too.

        • Chris

          Apple pay doesn’t require you to unlock the phone? That sounds like a security risk written all over it.

        • donnybee

          No, it doesn’t require you to unlock the phone. In a step by step process:

          1) you hold the iPhone up to an NFC receiver and the black screen turns on to display your cards (all card information is replaced by asterisks and you still can’t get intk the phone without it being unlocked). Once the device is pulled away, Passbook closes.
          2) you pick the card you want to use
          3) hold a registered finger on the TouchID sensor to activate payment
          4) take newly purchased product home

          Okay, that last step will vary.. BUT the other three are just that simple. No information on the card (including name and expirarion) is given when the device is locked; no card info can be taken and used for virtual payments. Even when you’ve unlocked the phone it still won’t show all the card info. To authorize a payment you need the specific fingerprint recognized locally on the device. It’s literally less than 10 seconds from pulling the phone out of your pocket and paying using the most secure transaction to date. No fiddling with apps or codes or holding the phone in abnormal ways.

        • Chris

          Google Wallet has been doing tokenization since it came out. If you use it over the web for online stores that are using it. If you use it through NFC, same thing.

        • donnybee

          Tokenization isn’t a new thing by any means, but the implementation of it is now different with Apple Pay. Tokenization thus far has been handled by a token vault maintained by the payment gateway. Apple Pay changes this by moving tokenization over to the bank’s side of the chain. This means not even merchants will have any idea who you are or have access to/see any of your information. At all. Ever. This is a new form of tokenization previously unseen in the industry.

          It’s exciting stuff actually! This should help increase the amount of locations able to accept NFC transactions. That’s good news for everyone! Especially good for Apple Pay users who will have the extra comfort of knowing they are as secure as possible and banks will have extra incentive to support Apple Pay to reduce litigation and fraud in their business.

        • Mymemo90

          Cool story bro. My friend works for First Data and it was a good month if he could sign a single merchant to use this cumbersome hardly standard payment system. Not sure who’s at fault but the Google people did a crappy job of rolling this out…

        • kev2684

          Google Wallet is easy and convenient in my case. Nexus 5 using visa. no errors or anything. it just works everytime. hess, subway, mcdonalds, kangaroo, cvs, gate, walgreens, etc. just some places you can use it.

        • Mirad77

          Just speak of your experience and don’t generalize. I had no such hassle like you.

        • Jerry Rich

          Maybe because you had no clue how to use it?

    • TBN27

      So far I installed 2 cards. One has an issue getting a verification code, but that is the fault of Citibank. The chase card was installed with no hiccups. Now going to try it tomorrow at a merchant that is accepting Apple pay payments

  • Just Curious

    Anybody know what Carrier Update 18.1 added?

    • Mike Palomba

      I didn’t get a carrier update. What kind of iPhone do you have?

  • Pj

    Updating right now!

  • Got it

  • Sweedy

    unable to switch to 3G 4G or LTE on iPhone 5 iOS 8.1

    • Jonathan Villicaña

      the only reason im updating is to force it to edge on low signal areas. so it isn’t working ?

      • Mike Palomba

        I hadn’t seen edge on my iPhone 6 until I updated to 8.1

  • popechops

    ipad2 totally bricked after ios 8.1 upgrade!

  • meany

    must suck for people who want to download this update but don’t have their iPhone 6s & +’s yet hahaha

  • Kgb

    Battery at a1% rate every 2 minutes WTF!!!

    • Me

      What kind of device did you update? My iPhone 6 is plugged in now but I updated my old 4S and after 54 min of usage it’s still at 90% battery. A huge improvement over iOS 8.

  • Mike

    Anybody else notice battery drained at a rapid pace!!

  • EEE

    my 6+ is still at 100% after I was browsing through panera and new target app for a good 10mins

    • tomnewtn

      Updating my 6+ now. Battery life has been very good with heavy use. I find the fingerprint ID isn’t very quick much of the time.

      • Cam Fas

        is your wifi calling disabled?

        • tomnewtn

          I don’t use it.

  • Cam Fas

    I pad and iPhone both work waiting to see if the screen studders on the 6plus looks like the update may have fixed that issue

  • Mirad77

    8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.1…. in only a month? My iPad must be wondering what’s going on with all these update?

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    So how does this relate to T-Mobile? I don’t see any specific T-Mobile related items listed in the update.

    Once again we have an article that has nothing to do with T-Mobile. Shouldn’t this be on the iPhone blog?

    • notyourbusiness

      Because there are a lot of T-Mobile users who own an iPhone or iPad?

    • Yeah, he’s mad

      Damn, he is mad!

    • Cam Bunton

      Funny, I never see these complaints when I post about Android software updates.

      • daguy

        Android update ms are almost always carrier specific

    • Mike Palomba

      It doesn’t matter because 1. Can runs this blog and can post what he wants. And 2. A lot of T-Mobile users own an iPhone

  • Sorudeee

    wifi fixed
    Touch id fixed
    Love my 5s

  • skippy

    first time I tried the update my iPhone 5 froze, second time its stuck on the “Connect to iTunes” screen and won’t respond even when i plug it into my computer… completely useless.

  • Cam Fas

    Battery life on my6 plus is better and it was already real good

  • Cam Fas

    Usually by this time in the day I’m around 60-50% right now im at 72% after all day plus 4 Netflix episodes

    • tomnewtn

      78 at 820pm

    • monkeybutts

      I was doing the usual stuff I do on my phone all day yesterday plus a few hours of games battery never hit the 20% warning like it usually does. 31% didn’t charge it last night

  • gokul

    when will ios 8 update come for iphone 4 ?????………..

    • Mike Palomba

      Never

  • Cam Fas

    I noticed it seems like wificalling is disabled on the 6Plus after the update

  • Cam Fas

    after a reset my wificalling works again