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By Jason Snell

Apple releases iOS 8.1

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

As promised during last week’s Apple event, Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday at 10 Pacific, the traditional Apple software roll-out slot.

The big change is support for Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. The Camera Roll is also back, and iCloud Photo Library has been added in beta. There are plenty of other changes, so check out the change notes to see if your favorite bug is being addressed. (And if you want to wait to see if the update does something weird to some people’s phones, no one will blame you.)

Here are the change notes:

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only)

Photos includes new features, improvements and fixes

Adds iCloud Photo Library as a beta service

Adds Camera Roll album in Photos app and My Photo Stream album when iCloud Photo Library is not enabled

Provides alerts when running low on space before capturing Time Lapse videos

Messages includes new features, improvements and fixes

Adds the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS and MMS text messages from their iPad and Mac

Resolves an issue where search would sometimes not display results

Fixes a bug that caused read messages to not be marked as read

Fixes issues with group messaging

Resolves issues with Wi-Fi performance that could occur when connected to some base stations

Fixes an issue that could prevent connections to Bluetooth hands-free devices

Fixes bugs that could cause screen rotation to stop working

Adds an option to select between 2G, 3G or LTE networks for cellular data

Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play

Adds AirDrop support for Passbook passes

Adds an option to enable Dictation in Settings for Keyboards, separate from Siri

Enables HealthKit apps to access data in the background

Accessibility improvements and fixes

Fixes an issue that prevented Guided Access from working properly

Fixes a bug where VoiceOver would not work with 3rd party keyboards

Improves stability and audio quality when using MFi Hearing Aids with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Fixes an issue with VoiceOver where tone dialing would get stuck on a tone until dialing another number

Improves reliability when using handwriting, Bluetooth keyboards and Braille displays with VoiceOver

Fixes an issue that was preventing the use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates

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