iOS 8.1 Release Date Set for October 20

Oct 16, 2014 - 17 Comments

iOS 8.1 iOS 8.1 will be released for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices on Monday, October 20, according to Apple. The update will include new features like Apple Pay, the re-introduction of the Photos app Camera Roll, the ability to interact with Macs running OS X Yosemite, and the update is expected to include many bug fixes and solutions to some of the nuisances that arrived with the initial releases of iOS 8.


Typically Apple releases software updates in the morning, so users should expect to find the download sometime in the earlier half of the 20th. The release date for iOS 8.1 was announced by Apple at the October 16 iPad / Mac Event.

Separately, Mac users can find OS X Yosemite available now as a free download. Mac and iOS users who wish to use the Handoff and Continuity features will need to update their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to iOS 8.1, and their Macs to OS X Yosemite.

As usual, we’ll provide download links to the iOS 8.1 IPSW when they become available. Most users will be better off downloading the update through the Software Update mechanism on their devices, however.

All iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models bought after Monday from Apple will pre-ship with iOS 8.1 installed.

All iDevice users who are currently running iOS 8 or iOS 8.0.2 are going to be strongly recommended to update to the iOS 8.1 release when possible, as it will not only include the new features, but it will presumably resolve most of the complaints and issues that have annoyed a select number of users.

As always, back up an the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to either iTunes or iCloud, or both, before installing software updates.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Karl says:

    I’ve been running my iPhone 6 on an official Beta 8.1 (2) I have to say Bluetooth is still broken between phone and car. Hope more updates are planned for example releasing ios9 soon and forget ios 8 even happened. Come on apple.

  2. Calvin Hobbes says:

    Does 8.1 fix the bend issue 😀😁😂

  3. Bill Paris says:

    8.1 should have been the original release of 8.0.
    Very unfortunate blunder.

  4. Greg Sopcak says:

    Wasn’t there some other software vendor with a version 8.0 and then and 8.1 that no one liked…. Oh yeah, that was Microsoft. Apple should have skipped version 8.x all together. ;)

  5. Shilo Watts says:

    Where is the link so I can download this?!?!?!?

  6. Jack says:

    With the number of issues because of iOS 8, I would have hoped it was trashed and just go to iOS 9.

  7. Jack says:

    One more thing… after the blunder of iOS 8, it will be awhile before I even think of downloading Yosemite.

  8. Wharf Xanadu says:

    iOS 8 is very buggy, but I love my iPhone Plus!!!

  9. Todd says:

    Bluetooth fix for my car? WTF, Apple come on, fix it already! You know it’s a problem. New car, new iPhone, you think they should be able to work together. I guess the jokes on me. Good one Apple.

  10. PWS442 says:

    No problems with my 11 year old car and bluetooth. Running 8.0.2, and will have 8.1 as soon as I can.

  11. Jurgen Poelmans says:

    I had the same problems with the bluetooth in my car. I solved the problem by doing a reset: open Settings and go to General >> Reset >> Reset All Settings.
    You have to reconfigure the WiFi settings after doing this… but it solved the bluetooth issue.

  12. Mark says:

    Don’t moan about Bluetooth not work, get apple NOT to turn it on by default after every update. There is a reason I disabled Bluetooth apple, I don’t want it on.

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