New in version 8.1.2

December 9th, 2014
  • This release includes bug fixes and addresses a problem where ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store may have been removed from your device. To restore these ringtones, visit itunes.com/restore-tones from your iOS device.

New in version 8.1.1 (November 17th, 2014)

  • Performance Improvements:
  • This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.

New in version 8.1 (October 20th, 2014)

  • 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
  • Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

New in version 8.0.2 (September 26th, 2014)

  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

New in version 8.0.1 (September 25th, 2014)

  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available in the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

New in version 8.0 (September 17th, 2014)

  • This update contains hundreds of new features, including the following:
  • Messages improvements:
  • Tap to Talk to send your voice, a video or a photo with just a swipe
  • Group messaging options to name a conversation, add a contact, remove a contact, or leave a conversation
  • New details view with Do Not Disturb, location sharing and attachments view
  • Photos improvements: 
  • Smart editing tools to adjust light and color with a swipe
  • Fine-tune controls to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more
  • Search by date, location, or album name or use smart suggestions
  • Smart albums for Slo-mo videos, Bursts, Panoramas, and Time-lapse
  • Third-party photo filters and editing tools supported directly in Photos
  • Your photos and metadata from iPhoto will be migrated to Photos. Books, Journals and Slideshows will be converted to albums containing only photos. iPhoto for iOS is not supported on devices running iOS 8 or later.
  • Camera improvements:
  • Time-lapse mode
  • Capture timer
  • Adjust exposure with a simple nudge to lighten or darken a photo prior to capture
  • Burst mode on front facing camera on iPhone 5s
  • Panorama for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display
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  •  QuickType keyboard:
  • Predictive typing personalized to your writing style, and customized based on the recipient and the app
  • Predictive is available in English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Thai
  • Third-party keyboard support
  • Health:
  • New Health app with easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data
  • Ability to share health data with apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness
  • Add a Medical ID with information about allergies, medical conditions, and more with the option to make accessible from the lock screen
  • Available on iPhone and iPod touch
  • Family Sharing:
  • Share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases with up to six members of your family.
  • Pay for family purchases with a single credit card and approve purchases by children with Ask to Buy
  • Easily share family photos, a family calendar, locations and more 
  • iCloud Drive:
  • Store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC
  • Share the same file across multiple compatible apps
  • Edits you make on one device update on all your devices automatically
  • Continuity features so your iPhone, iPad, and Mac work together more seamlessly:
  • Handoff to continue what you’re doing as you move from one device to another
  • Make and receive calls and send and receive SMS or MMS messages on your iPad or Mac
  • Instant Hotspot to automatically use your cellular connection to get online with your other devices
  • AirDrop compatibility with OS X Yosemite
  • Available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)    
  • Spotlight improvements:
  • Displays suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, movies (US only), popular web sites, App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store 
  • Safari also supports Spotlight suggestions alongside Top Hit and search suggestions 
  • Supported for local languages in US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland 
  • Mail improvements:
  • Easily jump between drafts and your inbox with a simple swipe down on the draft
  • Intelligent suggestions for Calendar events and Contacts
  • VIP threads
  • Siri improvements:
  • Improvements to responsiveness, reliability and accuracy
  • “Hey, Siri” option to initiate Siri using just your voice when your device is plugged in
  • Streaming voice recognition
  • Works with Shazam to answer “What song is playing?”
  • Purchase content from iTunes Store
  • Safari improvements:
  • DuckDuckGo search engine support
  • Private browsing per tab
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds in Shared Links 
  • Use Camera to scan and enter credit card info
  • Maps improvements:
  • Flyover city tours
  • Maps place cards in Phone and Contacts
  • Inline map view and travel time notifications for Calendar events
  • App Store improvements:
  • New Explore tab for easier category browsing
  • Top trending searches displayed in Search tab
  • Scrolling search results
  • App video previews
  • Editors’ Choice badges
  • Quick access to key contacts in multitasking view
  • Interactive Notifications for Messages, Mail, Calendar, Reminders and enabled third-party apps
  • New Tips app to help you do more with your iOS devices
  • iBooks app built into iOS, now with auto night mode and new organization for book series
  • Podcasts app built into iOS
  • Battery usage by app
  • iCloud Keychain can use saved website passwords to easily sign in to associated apps
  • FaceTime Audio call waiting
  • Rich text editing in Notes
  • Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
  • Enterprise features:
  • Expanded data protection to Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes in addition to Mail and 3rd-party apps
  • Per message S/MIME email controls
  • Improved UI to make it easier for users to understand the remote management of their device
  • Automatic reply for Exchange
  • Free/busy lookup for Calendar invitations
  • MDM Managed books can be automatically pushed to users
  • Accessibility features:
  • Redesigned Zoom with one-handed control and multiple zoom modes including picture-in-picture
  • Built-in timer and Touch ID support for Guided Access
  • Speak Screen to read out contents of the screen via gesture or Siri command
  • VoiceOver improvements including Alex voice option and Braille input support
  • Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids to seamlessly switch from one paired iOS device to another
  • Features for China:
  • Vector-based maps
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Lunar calendar support
  • Improved predictive input
  • Improved weather data
  • Expanded language support:
  • Dictation support for 22 additional languages: Croatian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • New keyboards for English (India), Bengali, Filipino, Marathi, Slovenian, and Urdu
  • Hindi localization 
  • Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai, Turkish
  • Spanish-English bilingual dictionary
  • Spell check for Turkish
  • Hebrew language support for Text to Speech and VoiceOver
  • New developer capabilities including:
  • Extensibility, giving apps new sharing options and the ability to create widgets, photo filters and editing tools in Photos, and 3rd-party keyboards
  • Metal, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices
  • SpriteKit and SceneKit for improved 2D and 3D games
  • HomeKit, a new way for you to control supported devices in your home using Siri
  • Touch ID support so you can sign in to third-party apps with just your fingerprint
  • CloudKit, offering a complete and scaleable back-end solution helping developers eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers
  • Bug fixes
  • Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

New in version 7.1.2 (July 1st, 2014)

  • Contains bug fixes and security updates, including:
  • Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
  • Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
  • Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments

New in version 7.1.1 (April 22nd, 2014)

  • Contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including:
  • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
  • Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled

New in version 7.1 (March 10th, 2014)

  • CarPlay:
  • iOS experience designed for the car
  • Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
  • Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
  • Control with Siri and the car's touchscreen, knobs, and buttons
  • Siri:
  • Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you're done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
  • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
  • iTunes Radio:
  • Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
  • Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
  • Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free
  • Calendar:
  • Option to display events in month view
  • Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
  • Accessibility:
  • Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
  • Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
  • New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
  • Other:
  • New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
  • iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
  • FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
  • Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
  • Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Improved performance for iPhone 4
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
  • Continued user interface refinements