Apple releases iOS 7.1

Apple releases iOS 7.1
At last, Apple has released iOS 7.1, which includes a number of improvements and bug fixes including the elimination of one nasty bug that caused users' home screens to crash. The new build of Apple's mobile OS includes CarPlay, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last week. With this feature, and an Apple iPhone 5 or higher, the user can control certain functions on a touchscreen connected to a new car's dashboard. Functionality is limited to mapping and audio at the moment, and the UI is a rather simple version of iOS.

Other changes include a new way to let Siri know precisely when you're done talking to her. In the past, a pause of a few seconds would indicate to the virtual assistant that your question or request was done. Now, with iOS 7.1, you keep your finger pressed on the home button during your entire conversation with Siri. Once you are done, by lifting your finger off the button, Siri knows that you have completed your question or request. In addition, Apple has added new male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, British English, Australian English, and Japanese.

The update to iOS 7.1 also added a new search field for iTunes Radio that allows users to create a station based on their favorite artists or songs. Albums can now be purchased with a single tap, instead of just singles. And iTunes Match can now be subscribed to from a mobile device instead of a desktop machine. A "Button Shapes" option will show you where you can tap on the screen, and there is a new "Darken Colors" option.

The calendar also has received an update with the ability to see daily appointments from the month view. And TouchID has been improved. Apple iPhone 5s users can expect to see fewer incorrect rejections with readings occurring faster than before the update. Lastly, the camera also has been updated, but for the iPhone 5s only. Thanks to that model's A7 processor, the 8MP snapper will turn on HDR automatically when needed. This feature takes many different exposures of a photograph in a split second, to create a composite shot that includes all of the little things that your eye sees naturally, such as shadows and highlights.

The iOS 7.1 update will be sent out OTA to those with the Apple iPhone 4 and higher. Also receiving the new build will be those with the Apple iPad 2 or higher. The entire update weighs in at 268MB.


source:  CNET

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41 Comments

1. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i hate punching in the passcode trying to purchase an app why you just can use touch id...maybe it'll be better for me

4. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

If you have the iPhone 5s then you can use the TouchID to make purchases. If your talking about how it might not work at times then hopefully this update will fix that problem.

5. Sauce unregistered

There is no problem. Touch ID gets "paused" due to certain security ramifications. You have to "enable" it again, entering your Apple ID. For everyones better understanding on how secure Touch ID is and why some actions occur, such as your Touch ID not "working" for App Store purchases every time: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/02/26/apple-ios-security-touch-id-specifics/ It's a good read, and the author does a good job at educating the uneducated on this topic.

28. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

"educating the uneducated on this topic"...i just dont like it so i just dont use it much

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

The calendar? Woa! Dude!

3. twagn

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Haven't crashed yet

6. Sauce unregistered

Here is an in depth view on the update: -CarPlay iOS experience designed for the car Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps Control with Siri and the car's touchscreen, knobs, and buttons -Siri Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you're done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese -iTunes Radio Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free -Calendar Option to display events in month view Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries -Accessibility Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s iCloud Keychain support in additional countries FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition Improved performance for iPhone 4 Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000 Continued user interface refinements

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What website did you copy and paste this from?

12. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

21. Sauce unregistered

For future reference, you can copy and paste something into Google and the source will come up

8. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

7.1? HAHA Apple MS is already heading to 8.1! Who's playing catch up now? :p (j/k)

10. SleepingOz unregistered

Well, it's still MS. But both are playing catch up on Android.

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

How you figure? Android is only at 4.4. ;)

19. janekkubek

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Still, Linux Ubuntu wins scoring 13.10.

26. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

DARN! :(

36. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Who cares about windows phone?

30. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I think WP is cheating. It doesn't start with v1.0 like Android and Apple do :P

40. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

8.1? That's why mobile will always be behind. My computer is on Win'98 and I'm loving it!

9. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

My iPhone 5 feels faster, but i can't tell if it's the animation or performance in general.

17. menaV1

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

samne here with my 5S! twice as fast! and the touch ID is faster

35. Kenjie7

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Same here with my iPhone 5s! :)

11. matt69

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Any other Sprint customer in LTE coverage notice that iOS 7.1 seems to have enabled HD voice? Maybe it's just a coincidence I am noticing now, can anyone confirm?

37. Kenjie7

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

I did notice that when I went to settings of my iPhone 5s, I got a message the my carrier needs to be updated. I have two options, not now and update. I don't if we have some updates in our local carrier. Is that connected to iOS 7.1?

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Loving the keyboard multitasking, and Siri so far.

14. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

No dark keyboard option :/

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's also way faster now.

22. Sauce unregistered

Yo you should try out Evasion7 Jailbreak. If you want to push your 5s to what it was built for, you can "over clock" the balls out of it... lightning speed. If you don't like it you can always get rid of the Jailbreak =)

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've actually never tried a jail break. Can u supply a link, or website please

34. Kenjie7

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

What is the link?

18. janekkubek

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I'd like to confirm that it really busts performance on iPhone 4 Difference is not only noticeable, but even pleasing :) It is almost as smooth as iOS 6.0 back then.

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