Waiting to download iOS 8.1? Don’t! Especially if you have a newer device, iOS 8.1 greatly increases the features available to iOS 8 devices in three main areas: Apple Pay, Continuity, and, surprisingly, Photos. Let’s start with one of the bigger additions: Apple Pay.
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Apple Pay is a revolutionary new mobile payment system. Basically, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus allow users to import their credit or debit cards into Passbook, Apple’s place for storing tickets, gift cards, and the like. When you want to make a payment on a capable cash register, the phones use NFC-chips (near field communication) to communicate with the registers and simply request your fingerprint through Touch ID to approve the purchase. It seems amazingly simple, easy, and secure with Apple’s new secure element that is included in the new iPhones. This element provides a unique transaction code for each purchase that never is used by Apple or by the company or store you’re buying from. In-app payments are also supported in Apple Pay. Apple Pay is accessible on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and will be accessible on the iWatch, and can be used on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 for in-app purchases only. Several retailers and stores are providing Apple Pay for both their physical locations and their apps with more retailers coming, so I think that Apple Pay will be a huge success.
One of the biggest new features in iOS 8 is Continuity. Basically, Continuity is a process by which you can resume almost everything you’re doing on one Apple device on any other Apple device you own. Basically, if I was typing a document on my iPad, I could pick it up if I approached my Mac, or I could pick up a call from my iPhone on my iPad. This works for so many services and in so many ways that it is remarkable. Since I heard about Continuity, I’ve been really excited for it, and now that iOS 8.1 is available, Continuity is as well. Continuity helps make the transition between iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and more broadly, iOS and OS X, much more seamless and easy to use together.
Last, and somewhat least, we have Photos. Firstly, in response to the great outcry Apple users had about Camera Roll disappearing from the Photos app, Apple has restored Camera Roll! This is actually more important than it may seem. Having photos all in one place makes them easier to access and share and I’m very glad Apple put Camera Roll back in in iOS 8. Secondly, with iOS 8 comes the launch of iCloud Photo Library, a Flickr-like service that allows Apple users to edit, access, and share their photos in full-resolution between devices in iCloud. This service starts at 5 GB of storage FREE, and does increase to $1 per month for 20GB or $4 per month for 200GB. As sort of a photo-centric precursor to the across-the-board iCloud Drive cloud storage service, I’m curious to see how Apple users like this new feature.
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