iOS 8.1 Release Date Set for October 20
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.