Apple’s iOS 8.1 was first unveiled last Thursday at the company’s iPad and Mac event. As described by head of software, Craig Federighi, this operating system brings back the camera roll and marks the debut of the iCloud photo library. However, it also provides support to Apple Pay, a new service whereby owners of the latest devices can make online and in-store purchases with the touch of a finger on Touch ID.
Under the direction fo Federighi, along with head designer Jony Ive, the iOS 8 is the second operating system to be released. Last year, iOS 7 with updated typography, a flatter design concept, better color schemes, and a new control center was launched. Although the iOS 8 is not as grand as the iOS 7, it still offers a slew of exciting new features, which focus more on functionality than visual effects.
In addition to new software that handles long-time issues with the notification system, iOS 8 has connections with Apple’s desktop OX X software, as well as native SMS client Messages, and iCloud. Unfortunately, after the September 17 release of iOS 8, consumers begin to complain.
The biggest problem was glitches with Wi-Fi connectivity. However, users also reported major issues with battery drain and slow performance in Safari, as well as a number of other things. Developers also faced a problem of not being able to launch HealthKit applications in the App Store because of an operating system bug.
Released on September 24 was the iOS 8.0.1 update, which was recalled after just one hour of becoming available due to additional problems surfacing such as no connectivity and not being able to unlock the mobile device using Touch ID. To remove the update for users who had downloaded iOS 8.0.1, Apple provided step-by-step instructions.
Then on September 25, Apple released iOS 8.0.2 but adoption has been extremely slow, at just 47% as of October 5, up only slightly from 46% on September 21. In spite of the ongoing problems, Federighi offers a more positive spin on the iOS adoption last week, citing that most Android users run an OS that is over two years old.
Obviously, it is imperative that Apple convince users to adopt the iOS 8.1 software so they can enjoy new services and features. One big change that users are excited about is the return of camera roll, which was eliminated from the previous update version.
With camera roll, users had a folder on their iPhone where photos snapped with the phone were stored but with the earlier update, rather than go to camera roll photos were sent to a folder called “recently added” where literally all photos taken were stored, as well as those deleted within the past 30 days.
Because iOS 8.1 brings back camera roll, users will once again have the ability to separate and delete photos. Also available is the iCloud photo library, which taps into users’ iCloud storage. This feature allows users to edit photos and videos on any of their mobile devices, with changes being reflected immediately and simultaneously on all of them.
As part of the rollout of iOS 8.1, users will pay nothing for the first 5GB of storage, which then goes to up $0.99 a month for 20GB, $3.99 for 200GB, and if preferred, users can pay more for storage tiers that climb up to 1TB.