The iOS 8.1 release date will arrive by Monday to enable Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus according to new training documents that show retailers planning to start taking Apple Pay payments on Monday October 20th.
Apple’s iOS 8.1 update is on the way to all devices running iOS 8 including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with a large number of bug fixes, potentially solving many of the iOS 8 problems and iOS 8.0.2 problems like Bluetooth and more.
Update: iOS 8.1 Release Confirmed
Normally Apples X.1 updates arrive well after the new iPhones and iOS launch, but all signs point to a fast iOS 8.1 release date this year.
We expect to hear confirmation of the iOS 8.1 release date at the October Apple Event starting at 1PM Eastern / 10 AM Pacific today. Apple will announce a new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and other products according to rumors.
Before the end of the event we also expect to hear Apple announce the official start of Apple Pay payments and the iOS 81 release date that will turn this feature on for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There are also rumors that the new Touch ID enabled iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will support Apple Pay.
There is still a chance that the iOS 8.1 release date will arrive on a different date, but it is within a few days at the very least.
Mike Beasley of 9to5Mac shares details about the Panera Apple Pay launch on Monday October 20th, with a leaked training document, including this;
“Now, we are excited to share that Apple is very close to releasing Apple Pay and actually planning to launch on October 20th.”
On MacRumors Julie Clover shares details from a credit card partner of Apple Pay, highlighting the same Monday go live date for Apple Pay. Clover writes,
“Apple Pay credit card partners have already finished their Apple Pay training and have been told that the payments service will be released on Monday, October 20.”
This is important because Apple Pay will not work until the iOS 8.1 release date arrives. It is possible that Apple plans to deliver an iOS 8.1 release before Monday October 20th, which leaves a chance for an iOS 8.1 release date today after the event, on Friday October 17th or on Monday.
There is very little chance of an iOS 8.1 release date over the weekend. Companies shy away from releasing major updates on a weekend due to the chance that an update can break something. The recent iOS 8.0.1 update is a prime example of this, knocking out cell connectivity to 40,000 users before Apple pulled the update.
If the iOS 8.1 release does not arrive today after the event you can count on an iOS 8.1 release time near 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern on Friday or Monday.
There are many iOS 8 problems that users hope Apple fixes with the iOS 8.1 release this month. The list includes;
- Bad iPhone battery life
- iOS 8 WiFi problems
- iOS 8 Bluetooth problems
- iOS 8 app problems
- iOS 8 performance on older devices
- iOS 8 landscape issues
- iOS 8 message problems
- and more.
Thanks to iOS 8.1 developer betas we know that Apple plans to fix a lot of iOS 8 problems with this update. Hopefully the iOS 8.1 release does not bring its own group of problems. The iOS 8.1 update will arrive for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina and iPod touch 5th generation.
The October Apple Event later today will bring new information about Apple Pay and iOS 8.1. It is also where we expect to see a number of new Apple items, and hopefully a collection of other Apple products that it’s been too long for.
Mac Mini 2014
The Mac Mini 2014 release is one that buyers started waiting for back in January when the first rumors of a new Mac Mini appeared.
This summer hints of a Mac Mini 2014 update appeared on Apple.com, but soon disappeared and we are still waiting.
Apple's current Mac Mini is two years old this month, a lifetime when it comes to technology and especially important given the affordable price that makes it an easy choice for a first Mac.
The unconfirmed Mac Mini 2014 specs would likely include Intel Haswell processors, Iris graphics, 802.11ac WiFi and potentially support for 4k displays, though that last one may be a stretch. Apple may choose a new Mac Mini design, but any smaller and it could force engineers to put the power supply on the cord instead of inside.
MacRumors claims the Mac Mini 2014 release is planned for this month based on a source, but they were not able to corroborate this claim.