Now that iOS 8.1 is out, Apple Pay has finally landed in the public domain. The feature will not be screaming at you on the screen, so you will need to do some digging before ultimately setting it up for use. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to do just that.

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The NFC-toting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently the only devices that can make contactless payments at any of the partnered 220,000 retail stores – as identified by Apple – with Apple Watch to join the party in early 2015.

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Thanks to iOS 8.1, Apple Pay is now ready for prime time use, and although many retailers are still readying the hardware in preparation for NFC-based payments, many outlets have already fitted these terminals in advance of the software update. One of Apple’s partners for the new initiative is McDonald’s, purveyor of burgers in buns among other delicacies, and if you’re wondering how an Apple Pay transaction might play out at the renowned fast food chain, then the clip below will give you an idea.

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Apple has just revealed the details of its quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, which covers the three months leading up to September 27th. Bolstered by strong early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales, the figures make for impressive reading, particularly for those with a stake in the company, and with both profits and revenue up on this time last year, things are shaping up very nicely ahead of exciting new products like the Apple Watch.

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Here’s the compete iOS 8.1 changelog for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with detailed outlining of all the new features and bug fixes.

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One of the major announcements at last month’s Apple event – aside from the introduction of two new smartphones and the company’s inaugural smartwatch effort – was that of Apple Pay, a contactless, NFC-driven system that would allow iOS 8 users to seamlessly pay for goods at a wide selection of outlets. As excited as we were about this significant new initiative, Apple did make it clear at the time that Apple Pay wouldn’t be hitting the scene until this month. With iOS 8.1 now upon us, we’re likely to witness a rapid, concerted effort to support the new infrastructure, and this has begun quite close to home today with an update to the Apple Store app.

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So, iOS 8 is out, and many are looking to jailbreak iOS 8, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.1 already on their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Below, we look at the current state of play in an attempt to assess when one might come about.

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This is just in. iOS 8.1 download links are now live by Apple. The roll-out of iOS 8.1 has been on the cards for a while now, and although the central feature of the new release has long been considered as Apple Pay, this rather significant update has plenty of other enhancements besides. Now, after a few weeks wait, it’s been primed and ready for download, and as well as direct firmware links for every single iOS 8.1-ready device, you’ll also find all of the relevant details after the leap.

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Over a month after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale we’re still waiting for some pretty big apps to receive updates that enable them to take advantage of the new, larger screens Apple’s new hardware offers. Those that haven’t yet received updates continue to work for the most part, but they don’t look their best and certainly don’t show extra content as you would expect from new, larger devices.

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As you know by now, iOS 8 download and iOS 8.1 download links for final version are live for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, iPad 2 and over, including the new iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 3, iPod touch 5G. iOS 8 brings a ton of new features to supported devices. More information on the features new in iOS 8 can be found here.

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus it also announced the inclusion of a new chip, the M8. The successor to the M7 that was found in the iPhone 5s, Apple’s M8 is the processor that handles all the data that relates to movement and relative location while using the minimum of power. The M8 is what makes apps like Health and associated utilities possible.

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With Apple set to hit the big ‘GO’ button on iOS 8.1 come Monday one of the features that users will see arrive alongside it is the iCloud Photo Library functionality that has everyone wondering whether Apple has finally given us all somewhere to keep our photos instead of having to rely on third parties. It’s still in beta, but it’s there.

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Here’s how to enable and use Handoff between iOS 8 iPhone and iPad devices and your compatible Mac running OS X Yosemite. Complete with step by step tutorial.

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Personalizing your iPhone is great fun, but we always find ourselves paralyzed by indecision. Do we go for that brightly colored sports motif or a dark and sinister wallpaper that makes us look all edgy while making it possible to actually read what our notifications say?

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When Apple announced its new iPads and the impressive iMac with Retina 5K display it was also wise enough to be candid about the problems that iOS 8 has faced so far, with bugs galore having apparently managed to squeak their way through Apple’s in-house quality assurance. The new iOS 8.1 update has been in beta testing for a little while now, and while developers have been able to work with the software already, mere mortals will be able to install the important update from this coming Monday.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus lines are still stretching down the entire street outside the flagship Apple Store in NYC. As always, eager consumers lined up in massive numbers outside the store on launch date – as expected. However a month later, people are still seen lining up in huge numbers to get their hands on iPhone 6/6 Plus.

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Apple has updated its iWork suite of apps with a bunch of new features for both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The complete set of changes along with direct download links can be found right here.

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Apple’s today’s special event has been expected to carry a number of announcements, including those of the new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, and all the changes and innovations to the Mac lineup. Then there have been announcements like updates to the iWork suite, availability of the iCloud Drive and the OS X Yosemite final version, among various others. Well, significant one among those concerned the public release of iOS 8.1 – the first major update to Apple’s iOS 8.

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Reddit’s popularity as a massively successful social network and information sharing platform is beyond question, and the service has only grown since the day it started. Even though Reddit isn’t a social network as Facebook and Twitter are, users addicted to /r are in millions, and they continue to grow by the day. The one area where Reddit seems to have struggled was its presence across mobile platforms, especially through the lack of quality mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone etc. Recently, we saw the executive team behind Reddit focusing on that area, with improved official apps, more focus on mobile customers etc. Today’s move is just that; one more step towards increasing Reddit’s mobile user base, and the company has aimed to achieve that by acquiring the popular iOS app Alien Blue.

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It’s been a big day for software updates today, and with some very large companies still yet to push out updates to their iOS apps that add support for the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, seeing that little red badge on the App Store is still surprisingly exciting.

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