iOS 7.1 Update is now generally available

Posted: March 10, 2014 in Were you aware that?
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Chuck Talking Tech / by Chuck Bienenfeld

March 10, 2014, 2014

With all the rumors that users would need to be running iOS 7.1 to stream this year’s iTunes Festival beginning March 11, 2014 it was inevitable that iOS 7.1 would be released prior to the festival and guess what, it was released today.

As Apple is so fond of saying “The most advanced mobile OS keeps advancing”.  This is a major release and less then 6 months after the compete redesign introduced with iOS 7.  iOS 7.1 comes with many enhancements, bug fixes and the much anticipated Apple CarPlay.  Unfortunately the Apple CarPlay will is only available at this time in cars offered by Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.  Also user can feel free to change the Siri voice to a more natural sounding UK or Australian English, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese.  Missed seeing your calendar events in that much loved iOS 6 presentation?  Now you have more display options.  Personalize your screens from the lock screen to your phone screen as well as the Music and your Reminders.

This update can be downloaded and installed by clicking Settings > General > Software Update.

Release notes accompanying the update state that it includes “improvements and bug fixes.” According to Apple, those are:

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

Additional Enhancement:

  • 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
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