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):
- iPad Air (Model A1474)
- iPad Air (Model A1475)
- iPad Air (Model A1476)
- iPad mini (Model A1489)
- iPad mini (Model A1490)
- iPad mini (Model A1491)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1458)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1459)
- iPad (4th generation Model A1460)
- iPad mini (Model A1432)
- iPad mini (Model A1454)
- iPad mini (Model A1455)
- iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 5s (Model A1453, A1533)
- iPhone 5s (Model A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530)
- iPhone 5c (Model A1456, A1532)
- iPhone 5c (Model A1507, A1516, A1526, A1529)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1429)
- iPhone 4s
Updated the post with direct download links.
We’re tracking all the new changes in iOS 8.1 beta in this post.
iOS 8.1 beta expires on December 4th according to iH8sn0w.
Today’s iOS 8.1 beta 1 (12B401) released to developers expires on Thursday, December 4, 2014 @ 12AM (GMT). #TheMoreYouKnow
— iH8sn0w (@iH8sn0w) September 29, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.