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Apple just released iOS 8.1, the latest update to its new mobile operating system that includes support for Apple Pay. That's not all the system update offers, in fact, if you've been a user of iOS or if you have OS X Yosemite installed on your Mac, there are a lot of new features to enjoy.

In addition to Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 also brings back the camera roll feature, which was removed in the full release of iOS 8 but has since been requested by iPhone users. Other features include SMS Continuity through OS X Yosemite, which means you'll be able to receive and answer SMS texts  – messages that aren't sent through iMessage – right from your computer. Also, the new update should allow you to establish an Instant Hotspot with your OS X Yosemite computer, allowing you to take advantage of your iPhone's wireless connection whenever you're outside of a Wi-Fi network.

There are plenty of other tweaks, so we've included the full changelog below:

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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