Today Apple announced that on Monday, October 20, it will release iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay and bug fixes. Apple also announced its new iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite, 27" iMac with Retina Display and an update to the Mac mini.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will arrive in 36 more countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.
At an event today, Apple noted that many changes in iOS 8.1 that were made from user feedback. The update will bring Apple Pay to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iOS 8.1 brings back camera roll for viewing photos. Craig Federighi, SVP Software Engineering gave a presentation on the Apple Campus this morning. Reports from the event sate that the update fixes iOS 8 bugs and other reports suggest it will fix Bluetooth problems with in-car infotainment systems.
One of the main features of the update is sharing and "Continuity" with Mac MacOS X Yosemite and iOS devices. The update enables instant hotspot that lets a Mac instantly connect with an iPhone using its data connection. Instant handoff connects Apple devices to handoff the function to the other device such as web browsing. Mac owners can take iPhone calls right on their Macs or send/receive SMS messages (iOS 8.1 required). In most cases, Continuity features require devices to be logged into the same iCloud account and connected to the same Wi-Fi network, as well as paired via Bluetooth. In other words for all the new features to work Bluetooth has to be working properly.
Apple claimed that iOS 8, is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, "giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including iCloud Photo Library."
It was also a big disaster for many. Apple released iOS 8.01 and had to pull it the same day. Apple then released 8.02 and it still didn't did help car owners who are frustrated, using all kinds of deleting, resetting and other reset methods that can take hours to complete. iPhone owners with Bluetooth issues are very frustrated and complain in forums and websites when they can't get their Bluetooth working. It shows how dependent people have become on Bluetooth when driving in their vehicles. Many reporters have tried to no avail to get Bluetooth working.
Vehicle systems from BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Mercedes-Benz, VW, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai and more have suffered from Bluetooth issues.
There were reports from beta testers that iOS 8.1 would fix Bluetooth issues. Readers from various publications including AUTO Connected Car news have voiced complaints, while some have actually found solutions.