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Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 with a few bug fixes

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As anticipated, Apple released the first minor update to iOS 8.1. It can be downloaded over-the-air from the Settings app (General –> Software Update) or on iTunes.


While there are no new features introduced in this update, Apple confirms that it brings a few bug fixes and performance enhancements for iPhone 4S and iPad 2.  Of the bug fixes, two were immediately noticeable: the order of the icons on the share and action sheet are now consistent throughout iOS and the iCloud crashing/hanging bug is gone.

Apple is rumored to be working on iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, two major updates to iOS 8, to be released next year.

New features of iOS 8.1

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Apple released the first major update to iOS 8 yesterday called iOS 8.1. This update kills a lot of bugs that were accidentally brought in with iOS 8 and includes a few features:

  • Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only
  • instant hotspot when connected by the Lightning cable to a Mac running OS X Yosemite
  • adds iCloud Photo Library (beta)
  • changes “Recently Added” album back to “Camera Roll”
  • alerts you when your device is low on space before capturing a new time-lapse movie
  • SMS and MMS relay to Mac running OS X Yosemite and iPad running iOS 8.1
  • adds option on some carriers to switch between 2G, 3G and 4G LTE for a cellular connection
  • gives you the option to enable or disable Dictation in the Settings app
  • enables HealthKit apps to access data in the background
  • fixes numerous bugs

You can download iOS 8.1 via iTunes (connect your mobile device to the computer) or over-the-air (Settings app –> General –> Software Update –> Download & Install).

Note: Apple Pay only works on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. When the Apple Watch is released in early 2015, then iPhone 5/5s/5c users can use Apple Pay. Here’s a quick video to show you how to set up Apple Pay on your iPhone 6/6 Plus:

iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay coming Monday, October 20th

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Apple Pay was first announced in September at Apple’s second media event of the year alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.  At this past Thursday’s event, Apple revealed the release date for Apple Pay would be Monday, October 20th.  The first major update to iOS 8, called iOS 8.1, includes Apple Pay and a few other improvements.


Not all devices that can upgrade to iOS 8.1 will be able to use Apple Pay. Since it is a new technology, it will be limited to newer smartphones like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and new tablets like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  It will also be available on the Apple Watch when it launches in 2015. The iPhone 5, 5s and 5c will be able to use Apple Pay in-store, but it must be connected to the Apple Watch.  The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can use Touch ID (Apple Pay) to purchase products in apps and in-store, with or without the Apple Watch.  The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are limited to using Apple Pay to purchase products in apps.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini by themselves. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c require Apple Watch.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini by themselves. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c require Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works simply by securely storing your credit card information on your iPhone and using Touch ID with NFC to purchase products in store on in apps. For example, if you are at Walgreens purchasing a candy bar. The cashier will ring it in (say $1.50), just touch your finger on Touch ID and hold the phone near the card reader. The phone will vibrate and beep when the payment has been made.

Retailers display this icon when they allow Apple Pay.

Retailers display this icon when they allow Apple Pay.

Although Apple Pay is not a new concept, many retailers need to allow their systems to accept payments with it.  Android smartphones have used this technology, NFC, for years so retailers have the procedures already in place.  Apple Pay also stores your credit cards in the Passbook app. Major credit card companies and banks have to allow their cards to be stored virtually on your phone. For the initial roll-out, major credit card companies (like Visa, American Express and MasterCard) and major banks (like Chase, Capital One and Bank of America) have signed on.  Major retailers, like Aeropostale, McDonald’s and Panera Bread, will allow Apple Pay starting Monday.  Other retailers, like Target, Staples and Groupon, will only allow Apple Pay for now to purchase products in their apps. For a full list of banks and retailers who have signed on, check out Apple’s website.

In addition to Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 includes a few more improvements (these are based on the first two developer betas of the software):

  • Notification Center widget icons are larger in “Edit” view
  • Dictation is optional and can be turned off in Settings
  • “Recently Added” photo album has been renamed to “Camera Roll”
  • iBooks icon matches Bookmarks icon in Safari
  • small changes to app permissions screen
  • bug fixes

iOS 8.1 can be downloaded over-the-air starting Monday, October 20th at 9am PST. It can also be downloaded via iTunes.

iPad event expectations

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There are less then 12 hours remaining until Apple’s next special media event where they are expected to announce the next-generation iPads, updated Macs, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay release dates and a surprise product.


credit: Martin Hajek

An iPhone 6-inspired concept for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It is no surprise that there will be new tablets announced at Apple’s event today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which are the confirmed names, will feature a similar design to their predecessors and a few new updated components.

For the iPad Air 2, rumors have suggested it will be a little thinner, but still have mostly the same design.  New external features, like single row of speaker holes and recessed buttons, will help the tablet to lose a few millimeters.  Apple is also rumored to move the microphone from the top center to the left side, next to the camera. The mute/sound switch may be taken off completely.  For internal specs, we expect 2GB of RAM, A8X processor with M8 co-processor, 8MP camera, Touch ID Home button and more updated internal components.

The iPad mini 3 will have the same design as it’s predecessor and only gain internal upgrades. Besides the new Touch ID sensor on the Home button, not much else is known about the tablet.



The current iMac, credit: Apple

The current iMac, credit: Apple

Although we typically only focus on mobile devices on Device Geek Blog, we can’t ignore that Apple is planning on announcing a few new Macs at their event. The 27-inch iMac is rumored to get a 5K Retina display, which would double its current resolution, we will find out the release date for OS X Yosemite and other software like the new Photos app for Mac and iLife and see an updated Mac mini.


iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Leaked internal documents for some of the retailers who will support Apple Pay showed the release date for their store. Walgreens said it would be on Saturday, October 18th and Panera Bread said it would be Monday, October 20th.  Regardless of when stores will start allowing it, this means that Apple will likely launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay immediately following the event (or within a few hours).


Surprise Product

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

On the event invitation, Apple wrote “it’s been way too long.” It is believed that this line is referring to the Mac since it has been a while since the Mac mini or iMac have been updated.  The invitation also uses the apple outline from when Apple celebrated 30 years of Mac so this screams Mac.  There are other products, though, that haven’t been updated for a long time. For example, the last major update for iPod happened alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPod touch is still rocking the single-core A5 processor. For comparison, the iPhone 6 has an dual-core A8 chip, which is a lot more advanced, has 64-bit architecture and comes with a M8 co-processor. The Apple TV also hasn’t been updated since March 2012 at the iPad 3 event.  It has the A5 processor as well. Apple, finally, may also be launching new Smart Covers for the iPad Air and iPad mini in new colors. Although it’s not as exciting as the iPod or Apple TV.


iPad Pro? Retina MacBook Air?

We likely won’t see either of these until 2015. Apple may hold an event in the beginning of the year, like they did in January 2012 when they announced textbooks on iPad.  The event may be focused on education as well, aiming the new hardware to educational institutions, students and professors.

iOS 8.1 Beta 2 Released to Developers

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On Tuesday, the second beta version of iOS 8.1 was released to developers. Unlike the first beta, which was released about a week ago, this one doesn’t provide any user interface changes. Based on what Apple put in their notes and after scrubbing the software, there are only bug fixes in this update.  It appears that some developers can run a modified version of iOS 8.1, though, and are able to see the new Apple Pay system setup.


Developers running a modified version of iOS 8.1. have discovered that credit cards added to Passbook go through a similar method as when users want to add passes or tickets to the app.  Credits cards can either be added manually or scanned in with the user’s camera. Unfortunately most developers don’t have access to Apple Pay because testing is likely still being done behind the scenes.  Once Apple announces the release date for the public version at their event, they may also announce that developers can start using Apple Pay immediately (with a third beta version of iOS 8.1).

Developers can download the update over-the-air on their registered devices or from the developer portal.

iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay Rumored to Launch October 20th

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On September 30th, Apple released the first major update for iOS 8 to developers so they can prepare their applications.   The update, called iOS 8.1, includes new features like a redesigned iBooks icon and optional dictation, but it will apparently also be adding Apple Pay later this month.  Apple has not confirmed that Apple Pay will come with iOS 8.1, but code found within the software and a report by Bank Innovation say otherwise. The tentative public release date is set at October 20th.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Bank Innovation based their report on numerous sources close to Apple that have confirmed October 20th will be the release date for iOS 8.1. Their sources also confirm that the update will include Apple’s new payment system.  MacRumors recently found hidden code that confirms Apple Pay will be a part of iOS 8.1.  The hidden code allows Apple to test the system with their own private beta version. However, the report does mention that the timetable is still up in the air for Apple Pay. Ideally it will roll-out on the third Monday of October, but due to the massive demand in the first few days, Apple will make sure it is 100% ready before launching. It may come as early as now or as late as early November.

Apple has already confirmed Apple Pay will be coming in October and since they just released iOS 8.1 to developers, it seems obvious that the two go hand-in-hand. Apple Pay will allow users to pay for products at brick-and-mortar stores like McDonald’s with their iPhone 6/6 Plus in conjunction with Touch ID instead of using a traditional wallet/purse.  The phone stores all credit card information on the phone in a secure location that Apple does not have access to.

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iOS 8.1 Released to Developers

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While Apple was busy dealing with the bugs in iOS 8.0.1, they were also busy preparing the major next update to iOS 8.  This version, which is called iOS 8.1, will bring more new features and bug fixes to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  The update was released to developers late Monday so we have the scoop on what it includes.

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Major updates like this one bring new features to the operating system and many bug fixes.  We expect that this update will provide us with Apple Pay next month.  Apple will likely release a few betas of iOS 8.1 and then the public version will be released in October (around the time of the iPad event) with Apple Pay.  Although Apple Pay is limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus until the Apple Watch is released in early 2015, iOS 8.1 will be available for the same devices that could update to iOS 8.

9to5Mac lists some of the changes:

  • Notification Center widget icons are larger in Edit view
  • Dictation is optional and can be turned off (or on) in Keyboard Settings
  • “Recently Added” photo album has been renamed to “Camera Roll”
  • iBooks icon matches Apple’s promotional images
  • Small design changes to app permissions screen

We will update this list as more changes are discovered.  iOS 8 brought us a plethora of new features, which you can learn all about here.

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How to Update to iOS 9.1

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The ninth-generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch came out in September 2015. In October, we see the first major update to the operating system.  Before you upgrade, I highly recommend that you back up your device in iTunes or in iCloud just in case if something were to go wrong. There are two ways to update your device: iTunes or over-the-air.

Update to iOS 9.1 with iTunes

1. Plug your device into your Mac or PC

2. Open iTunes

3. Click on your device

4a. iTunes prompts you to Download & Install iOS 9.1

OR 4b. Open Summary Tab, click Check for Update

Then you will download iOS 9.1 and update your iPhone.

Update to iOS 9.1 Over-the-Air

1. Open Settings app

2. Tap General

3. Tap Software Update

4. Tap Download & Install

You must be connected to a wireless network and have a battery power of at least 50% in order to update your phone.

The update should take anywhere from 5 minutes to 40 minutes to install, depending on your wireless speed.

Is This iOS 8?

Leaked picture of iOS 8?
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iOS 8 is the next operating system for the iPad, iPod and iPhone.  It is rumored to contain a new app called Healthbook, integration with the iWatch and minor enhancements to the user interface.  The picture below, supposedly a screenshot of iOS 8 on the iPhone 6, was found on Weibo by BGR.

Leaked picture of iOS 8?

Leaked picture of iOS 8?

What We See

The screenshot shows 5 columns of apps by 6 row of apps, then a bottom row of 5 additional apps (total of 35 apps).  This is more than the iPhone 5s has: 24 apps.  The iPhone 6 is rumored to come in both a 4.7″ size and 5.5″ size so they screenshot may be from a larger device.  Most of the apps are laid out in the default position that Apple puts them in (e.g. Messages, Calendar, Photos).  There are some new apps: iTunes Radio (its own app), CarPlay, Healthbook, Watch Utility and Apple’s own purchasable apps like Keynote and iMovie.

The time at the top is 9:41am, which Apple uses in all its screenshots on their website.  There is no cellular carrier listed and the battery is at 100%, suggesting the screenshot is not from an actually device, but one made by Apple to post on their website or other devices.

Here's the default screen for the iPhone 5c.

Here’s the default screen for the iPhone 5c.


Is It Real?

First and foremost, all the apps shown in the screenshot (of the apps that currently exist) line up with what you would see on the iPhone 5s.  The icons are all the same so this provides some authenticity in each app.  Secondly some new apps are present, which line up with current rumors.

  • iOS 8 will bring integration with the iPhone and the iWatch (Watch Utility app)
  • iTunes Radio is likely to be expanded to compete with competitors like Pandora, so it may require it to have its own app (iTunes Radio app)
  • CarPlay has been announced recently, allowing your new car to use iOS.  This may require a downloadable app for use (CarPlay app)
  • Healthbook has been rumored to be a part of iOS 8 to provide a health and fitness focus to Apple’s operating system
  • Perhaps Apple’s other apps are present because they want to fill the Home screen to show the size of the display (but why didn’t they use Find My iPhone or Find My Friends?) This brings us to the next section:


  • Why are Apple’s paid apps listed on the Home screen instead of other important apps, like Find My iPhone?
  • Why is the background an iOS 7 wallpaper, wouldn’t Apple add new wallpapers (or at least a new one to be associated with iOS 8)?
  • Where are the other apps that were leaked like Tips and Preview?
  • In actual screenshots by Apple, the Passbook app is behind iTunes Store and App Store, why is it before it?
  • Where did the user on Weibo get the picture from?

These questions lead me to question the authenticity of the screenshot. Based on my analysis, I believe it is not real.