Monday, March 10, 2014

Apple Releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with Bug Fixes and Visual Tweaks

After five beta versions to developers, the last coming on February 4. Apple today released iOS 7.1 to the public (build number: 11D167), marking the first major update to iOS 7 since its September release.

According to the release notes, iOS 7.1 includes a number of improvements and bug fixes. among them much-needed improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system built-in to the iPhone 5s, an update for a home screen crashing issue, and iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance.

Apple has launched a new website page that shows off some of the additions to iOS 7.1., with a focus on CarPlay feature, which was first unveiled by Apple last week.

In addition to bug fixes the update includes multiple visual tweaks, such as Messages apps, Reduce Motion, iCloud Keychain, revamped shift and caps locks keys on the keyboard, face Time, and a redesign for several aspects of the Phone dialer and shutdown screen.

There are many minor improvements to enhance the performance of the operating system have also been bundled into the update such as Accessibility included new options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point, new Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s, 
a new event list view within the Calendar app, new bounce animations in Control Center, and more prominent buttons in the Music app. Full release notes are as follows:
- 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

- 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

- Option to display events in month view
- Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries

- 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
iOS 7.1 officially disables the evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak, patching key kernel exploits.

If the iOS 7.1 is not available over the air, you can update your device manually, via the software update tool in the settings menu on iOS devices. Users on devices upgrading from iOS 7.0.6 are seeing file sizes of approximately 268 MB, while those upgrading from a beta are seeing larger downloads of 1.3-1.4 GB.

Here are the direct download links for iOS 7.1:


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