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7 (plus one) new features of iOS 7.1

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7 (plus one) new features of iOS 7.1
iOS 7.1 has now arrived and, in a typical Apple fashion, it is quickly rolling out to hundreds of millions of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches across the world. Sure, it’s a point update (don’t expect any ground-breaking new features), but it also brings some welcome refinements to iOS' new flat, modern looks.

The devil is in the detail is a saying that applies perfectly well to Apple’s overall philosophy and iOS 7.1 in particular. Apart from the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, minute detail is exactly what this new update is all about.

Apple has expanded the control you have over the system, adding new customization options. Even with this, iOS is still far off what Android offers on that front, but the changes are welcome. From new camera options to slight keyboard tweaks, we have covered the seven (plus one) most notable new features in iOS 7.1. Take a look below.

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posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:47 2

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Debating whether I should update my iPad Mini 2 or not.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:53 6

2. suneeboy (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


Why debate? Jailbroken? The performance improvement is great.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:09 5

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yeah it's jailbroken. All the improvements I like from 7.1 I already have thought Cydia.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:19 7

7. suneeboy (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


I hear you. If you are jailbroken its probably not worth it. But its a must for people on stock. It's flying now.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:56

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:49 3

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3318; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think Cydia is like a beta for features apple will introduce later. I can understand wanting to keep jailbreak, but the security and stability alone is worth updating.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 13:01 4

12. Finalflash (Posts: 1587; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Stability I can understand, doesn't hurt, but worrying about security is stupid. No one cared about getting into your phone before and those that want to still can.

Commenting on the article though, are we now calling anything and everything "new features" now.
1. Apple CarPlay
2. ’Slide to unlock’ has a new highlight, ‘power off’ is
now different
3. New accessibility options
4. Auto HDR (in iPhone 5s)
5. New call options: little call animation, add new contact button
6. Animations are slightly faster
7. Keyboard is brighter, keys are bolder
8. Slightly different icons: a different shade of... green

I think out of all of those number 1 is a feature....number 3 and 4 maybe and the rest are nothing.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:07

18. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


FinalFlash: you're obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed.

In America, the overall population is aging due to baby boomer generation getting into retirement age. These people need better enhancements, such as contrast, to enjoy these smartphone devices. Teenagers and those in their early 20's who are in great health mostly won't get this point.

When you get to be 40 or 50 y.o. -- that's when most people start wearing bifocals.

I noticed the contrast immediately and I didn't like it, but at least I knew why Apple did it. These contrast changes will have to grow on me.

One last thing, don't be a hypocrite when Android decides to copy Apple's contrast enhancements for better visual experience.

- A1

PS I do like the speed pick up. The device has a much faster response time.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:57 2

25. Finalflash (Posts: 1587; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Firstly, Android won't copy Apple's contrast enhancements you can usually change that yourself in a number of ways. Second, I was saying you can't call that a "new feature" that is just optimizing TEXT at that. If that is a feature for iOS users, then damn you people are being played for fools.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:56

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How're you liking it Mxy?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 20:48

27. Diezparda (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


i prefer jailbroken iPad over the latest update then

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:41 2

10. power_x (Posts: 214; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I have an iPad mini 2 (same as yours) and I can notice a difference
If jail breaking is not a must , then update

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 13:31 2

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 801; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Do it, I updated my iPad 4 and loving it, its iOS6.1.3 performance with iOS7 aesthetics, they've done a great job.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:55 2

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My mini isn't jail broken, but I updated it yesterday Smurf, and 7.1 is great. Speed, fluidity, stability, Siri, it's like across the board improvements. You will lose your jail break most likely though yo.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:07 1

3. hike4life (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Dear i just want to say that my ipad air i was noticing so many glitches and lags but when i updated it today to 7.1 its is working like butter smooth and also i have to mention that visuals are also nice so if u are not planning to jailbreak ur device plz upgrade

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:08 1

4. hike4life (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


And updating will take 20 minutes so do it without any fear thats my experience on ipad air

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:18 1

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1713; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


More customization is nice to hear :-)

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:28

8. iampayne (Posts: 231; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


They got rid of the glitch that allowed you to put a folder in a folder.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:35 1

9. nestea (unregistered)


Also a lot of security bug fixes
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6162?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 13:49

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2621; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Gosh, that is a lot!

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 14:21

15. Ikechukwu (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


and to think they claimed that the iOS7 was "secure"! Companies these days(marketting everywhere)

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 15:01 2

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3519; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is a pretty good update, and not to far off from the last... Pretty cool!... It's all about refinement..

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 15:16

17. Brewski (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Does anyone remember that article a while back about clearing a gig of space by deleting OTA updates?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Use-iOS-7.1-beta-3-to-delete-unwanted-OTA-updates-and-save-yourself-a-cool-1GB_id51362

Has anyone figured out how to do it? I'd like that extra space back.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:11

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The source link from PA (RedmondPie) gave a step by step guide.

http://www.redmondpie.com/ios-7.1-beta-3-lets-users-delete-ota-download-file-heres-how/

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:11

19. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I updated to 7.1 and having "problems" with Castle Age HD on iPad 2 and iPad mini. No such problems on iPhone 5S.

I have to admit, I am NOT a big fan of grey background for the icons. A lot these visual changes will have to grow on me.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:53 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10524; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The new feature of holing the button down for continued dictation for Siri is great. Texts, searches and emails are seamless, no matter the length. Very nice update apple, and thus far no crashes. Jedii approved.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 18:03

26. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


posted on 12 Mar 2014, 00:55

28. TuanGugu (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Do you guys think updating iPod Touch 5 to iOS 7.1 is a good idea? I've read there's lots of issues with iOS 7.0.. Like the performance is affected cz of the heavy animations. Will it be different though with iOS 7.1? I really don't want my gaming experience to be affected. Thats what I mainly use my iPod for :/

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 06:59

29. Shinydesert (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I think the battery life is shorter now, even after disabling lots of location services etc... I set it up as a new device.

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