Apple seeds iOS 8.1 beta to devs, hints at iPad Touch ID
With the iOS 8.0.1 misfire behind it, Apple’s looking forward to what’s next for its mobile platform. Yesterday we saw some evidence suggesting it wasn’t just prepping iOS 8.1, but also early at work on iOS 8.2 and 8.3. Just what features would all these releases deliver? We’re already getting answers, as Apple makes the first beta of iOS 8.1 available to its developer community.
On the surface, there aren’t yet a ton of new features; we see some finer-grained control arrive for certain phone options, the presence of updated icons, and changes to how certain elements are named. But really, not a lot of big shake-ups, especially none along the lines of what cropped up in our speculation yesterday. Then again, this is just the first beta, and we expect to see plenty of changes before its final release.
But peeling back the layers a little, there is some notable stuff here. One of the more interesting finds to come to our attention concerns Apple’s plans for its next generation of iPads. The jury’s still out on which models might be present at Apple’s next launch event, but whatever does arrive, it’s looking increasingly likely that the hardware will feature Touch ID fingerprint scanning.
We’d been expecting such functionality anyway, but iOS 8.1 beta 1 adds new confirmation, reportedly including text strings describing how users might “pay with iPad using Touch ID” when using Apple Pay.