7 (plus one) new features of iOS 7.1

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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28 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

2. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Why debate? Jailbroken? The performance improvement is great.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

7. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 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.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

18. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

25. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How're you liking it Mxy?

27. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

i prefer jailbroken iPad over the latest update then

10. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 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

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

3. hike4life

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 11, 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

4. hike4life

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

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

8. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

9. nestea unregistered

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Gosh, that is a lot!

15. Ikechukwu

Posts: 257; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

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

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

17. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 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.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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/

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

26. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

28. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 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 :/

29. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 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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