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It’s official: Apple announces iOS 8.1, release coming Monday

Updated Oct 16th, 2014 1:39PM EDT
iOS 8.1 Release Date
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New iPads and Macs might be the stars of the show during Apple’s big press conference on Thursday, but eager Apple fans had much more on their minds than just hardware. New Apple software was arguably even more hotly anticipated than the company’s new iPads, and while OS X Yosemite certainly features far more changes, iOS 8.1 will be Apple’s most widely used software platform in no time at all.

And now, we know what’s coming next.

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Apple on Thursday announced that it will release iOS 8.1 to the public on Monday. As was the case with iOS 8, the new software will be compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad (third- and fourth-generation), iPad 2 and fifth-generation iPod touch.

iOS 8.1 will add Apple Pay support to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and it will also fix some bugs and enhance iCloud photo features.

Of course, after what happened with Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update, it might not be a bad idea to wait a little while before installing iOS 8.1.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.