Apple seeds iOS 8.1 beta to developers [Updatedx4]

iOS 8

Following a report earlier this morning claiming that iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 were currently being tested, perhaps indicating a faster software update cycle, Apple has seeded the first iOS 8.1 beta (build number: 12B401) to registered developers for testing. The pre-release software update is available for download through Developer Center for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, accompanied by a build number of 12B401.

Apple just released the iOS 8.0.1 software update last week with several bug fixes, although the new version ended up breaking cellular service and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and was quickly supplanted by iOS 8.0.2. The initial public release of iOS 8 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models was on September 17, two days prior to the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad (fourth-generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display and iPod touch (fifth-generation). The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is much more open, featuring third-party keyboards, interactive notifications, widgets and more.

Direct download links for iOS 8.1 beta (Note that you need to be a registered developer to download these files):

Update 1:

Updated the post with direct download links.

Update 2:

We’re tracking all the new changes in iOS 8.1 beta in this post.

Update 3:

iOS 8.1 beta expires on December 4th according to iH8sn0w.

Update 4:

iOS 8.1 includes hidden settings for Apple Pay. Code references discovered in iOS 8.1 also suggest that Touch ID support is coming to iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Check our post for more details.

Let us know if you’ve found any new features or changes in iOS 8.1 beta in the comments or send an email to tips@iphonehacks.com.