Every time tech giant Apple releases some new product or software update it seems like the online world erupts into a series of ratings, reviews, and compliments or complaints regarding the latest and greatest from the company that brought you the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. The release of iOS 8.1 is no different, and with 48% of users taking a chance on the new operating system, it seems like it might be a great success already. Apple’s mobile operating system has come with a number of changes including an upgraded messaging application, custom keyboards, and different widgets. However, while it has shown success after its launch, this update for the operating system certainly wasn’t a smashing success right out of the gate, as it actually caused many users to experience dropped connectivity and left some without their Touch ID. With these issues fixed, it’s much easier to focus on some of the good that Apple has brought out in this update.
Apple Pay And The Convenience Of Mobile Technology
If you haven’t heard about Apple Pay yet, it’s time to get online and check out the facts. Since the first glimpse of this feature was provided back in September with the announcement of the iPhone 6, it’s been bringing some buzz in various industries. The said service will work with NFC hardware so that you can store information on up to 8 credit cards on your device and pay at participating stores by tapping with your phone rather than using your actual credit card.
Of course, this does leave a few users with questions in regards to privacy, but Apple has made it clear that there’s no cause for alarm and that every precaution has been taken in protecting customer information. This form of convenient shopping is certainly a huge step forward for mobile technology. As each purchase is made, a 16 digit number is generated through an additional chip to block credit card numbers from being leaked with each use. CNET states:
Besides security at the store, even if a thief physically opened your iPhone to get at the SE, it recognizes someone is tampering with it and automatically shuts down.
This is a revolutionary concept in terms of paying and might even trump other kinds of online purchases in terms of safety and security, making the latest Apple operating system one to be valued. Aside from the other features being offered, this one has already gained quite a bit of positive feedback as consumers get ready to change their methods of buying.
iCloud Hosting With Photographs
Another new feature called the iCloud Photo Library has also been rolled out as a public beta, and will allow you to host photos in the cloud through your iCloud storage to see them, not only on your iPhone, but on any device you have connected to the net. Mashable states:
The iCloud Photo Library will let users save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device. Meanwhile, another win for photos with iOS 8.1 is the return of the Camera Roll, which was mysteriously replaced with a recently Added section in iOS 8.0.
Up to 5GB of this storage is available for free, with additional storage space coming at 99 cents per month for 20GB and $3.99 per month for 200GB. There are larger amounts of storage made available as well, ranging up to 1TB, which might seem excessive, but today’s younger generations are taking far more pictures than they used to, and the iOS 8.1 has brought back missed features like the Camera Roll to play around with, making it even more fun to snap up your favorite shots with your mobile device.
Starting And Finishing Projects
In addition, iOS 8.1 gives users Continuity support, allowing them to begin projects or tasks on their iPhone and finish them on their tablet, or laptop and vice versa. This means that work can be transferred to the smartphone from the home computer without any problem and you could continue a presentation on your way to the office without lugging along additional hardware. The major perk here is that this continuation occurs without interruption, so that you can juggle these tasks between many devices and even receive phone calls from your home computer using the connection through your iPhone via WiFi. Forbes.com explains:
Several Continuity features became available when Apple launched the Yosemite operating system for Macs last week during the new iPad event, but iOS 8.1 is required to support SMS from any device and Instant Hotspot.
There is also an upgrade on texting capabilities, which means that non iOS texts will also be making an appearance and can be relayed from device to device. With this and the ability to turn your iPhone into a hot spot, it seems like 8.1 may be the best operating system update that Apple produced. By selecting personal hotspot from your settings you can make your phone discoverable or personal as a Wi-Fi hot spot using the 4G LTE connection that is provided by your phone. This means that while the service won’t be as fast or steady as a standard internet signal, it can certainly give you that much needed connection in a pinch.
Apple’s iOS 8.1 may not provide as many updates and new features to look forward to as its predecessor 8.0 did, but it certainly makes a world of difference for users who are looking forward to experiencing the above mentioned services now being made available. From instant hot spot creation to Apple Pay and iCloud storage for photographs, iOS 8.1 is giving iPhone users a reason to update their devices. Despite the original bugs that made its launch a bit of a flop, it seems like Apple may have some making up to do to early upgraders who switched over before these issues were completely resolved, but with the new patches and other fixes being tossed into the mix, there doesn’t seem to be a reason to stick with the older technology. Whether you’re new to iPhone and Apple or you’ve been a user for many years, it might be worth a try to check out iOS 8.1.