Apple has recently launched the iOS 8.1 beta 1 download for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. The first beta carries the build number of 12B401, and it is available for download only for registered users. The update includes support for Apple and other minor bug fixes.
Along with the iOS 8 update, the Fruit Company introduced a bunch of new features, but in the same time, the new update also brought its fair share of errors and bugs. But, as it was expected, the company has already started its battle against all those problems by bringing the software up to scratch.
The first beta version, which carries the build number 12B401, is packed with a lot of bug fixes and tweaks to features that were not quite ready for prime time with the major iOS 8 update. For instance, HealthKit, one of Apple’s new trial apps, has yet to take off despite being billed as a marquee implementation but now, background delivery of HealthKit data should function as expected, allowing users and third-party developers to finally use Apple’s native infrastructure for gathering this information.
In the same time, the iOS 8.1 beta 1 changelog also suggests other fixes related to the third-party keyboards, which in some cases, disappear when app switches. Alternatively, other users complained about issues related to the Mail, Notification Center and Photos. These problems were also solved within the latest iOS update.
Concerning Notification Center, the update covers the widget selection area with slightly larger icons, and the Settings app now displayed more options for the third-party apps when tapped, rather than making users change various menus to change something.
With the help of the latest update, you can easily turn Siri dictation off any time you want, and more importantly, the camera Roll is back where it belongs, a problem that concerned many iOS 8 users. As you can see, it is mostly an under-the-hood change.
It deals with serious problems such as the Mail and Notification Center problems, as well as the HealthKit improvements. The update is not focused on the visual appearance, but it is meant to solve a few of iOS 8’s problems users have encountered a while after they have updated their devices.
It remains to be seen when the iOS 8.1 will roll out to the public, but, as the latest changes suggest, is seems like Apple is planning to enhance and improve the reputation of its flagship mobile system as soon as possible. Since this is a beta release, it is only available on Apple’s official source to those registered to Apple’s Developer Program, which costs $99 per year. If you want to try out the latest version of Apple’s iOS 8, be sure to sign up and test the update.