Apple releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad with bug fixes, new features

Apple releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad with bug fixes, new features

Summary: The latest version for iPhones and iPads landed on Monday, with new features, user interface tweaks, and a number of bug fixes that aims to appease those who have yet to upgrade.

TOPICS: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad
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Apple has released iOS 7.1, the latest iterative version of its mobile software for its smartphones and tablets.

The software was made available for download on Monday, a week shy of six months after a radically redesigned iOS 7 was released.

The latest software version is compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and iPod touch (5th generation) devices. 

Users of iOS 7 and older versions can upgrade compatible devices over-the-air by navigating to "Software Update" in the "General" section of the device's settings.

iOS 7.1 includes 41 bug fixes that have plagued some early adopters, along with user interface design tweaks, such as visual changes to the phone dialer and power-off features.

The software also lands with a number of new features, including:

  • CarPlay: formerly known as iOS in the Car, which supports iPhone calling, music, maps, and messaging. It also allows users to control certain functions through iOS' in-built voice-activated assistance Siri;

  • Siri improvements: Including natural-sounding voices for U.K. English, Australian English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. You can also use it in push-to-talk mode by holding the Home button for the duration of your query;

  • Calendar changes: The list view has returned in month view, and the update has also included country-specific holidays added for many locales;

  • iTunes Radio updates: The radio feature, first introduced in iOS 7, has been updated with new features, including the ability to buy albums over-the-air from "Now Playing";

  • Accessibility additions: The "parallax" motion feature option now includes Weather, Messages, and multi-tasking user interface animations;

  • Camera settings bolstered: Including a setting that allows users to automatically enable HDR mode for iPhone 5s users;

  • Touch ID improved: The software that controls the biometric reader has been improved to make fingerprint recognition better.

Overall, with its user interface and bug fix improvements, the update is designed above all to resolve some of the initial problems with the software, which some insiders previously reported was rushed in order to land in line with the release of iPhone 5s and 5c smartphones in September.

According to Apple, about 82 percent of all compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices are running iOS 7 as of late February, based on App Store data.

As many millions have waited to upgrade until some of the known and well-documented bugs and user interface flaws have been resolved, that figure is expected to rise significantly in the next days.

For those not able to download over-the-air, Windows and Mac users can alternatively connect their compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices to iTunes, and upgrade by selecting the "Check for Upgrade" button in their device's summary window. 

Or, users can download the software bundle (.IPSW) files from Apple's website for offline installations in the coming hours. (Enterprise users can use Apple's Phobos server for download links.) 

In past updates, downloads are often slow at first as millions attempt to upgrade at the same time.

Downloading over a Wi-Fi connection is recommended due to the size of the file, and some users may have to delete content from their devices in order to install.

Topics: Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad

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  • Large amount of space required

    Apple requires more than 2.5GB of space free for this update. What a BLEEPING deal-breaker.
    • Update is 250MB -

      The 2.5GB is probably maintenance it needs to perform. You will get that back when it's done. If you don't have 2.5GB free, then you probably have to update with IPSW file, which requires a complete backup, and restore of your phone. I don't know what else to say, it's general stuff any device needs to do. Either you have the space or you don't. Apple is pretty efficient, most efficient with it's OS space requirements on a running iDevice. In theory, if you are consistently using 80%+ capacity, then you should be looking for more storage, next time. If that's not what you want to do, then at least unload some of your stuff and reload it after the update. If you don't want to do anything, and expect Apple to conform to your needs, then you are simply trolling.
      • Just delete music, video and so on..

        Update and then re-sync to get your media back again. Simples!
        • SD

          Or get a cheap microSD card and move the media there permanantly :P
          • Apple is too proprietary

            Apple devices do not have any place in their devices to place a microSD card. One of many reasons most people stick with Droid devices.
          • I believe you're wrong...

            According to my User's Manual, I do have a slot for a
            Micro SD on the side, but I'm too lazy to take it out of its cover to check right now (besides, I have more than enough store to accept the upgrade, but i will wait a couple of weeks to listen for user screams. ;). ).

            My IPhone 4 (which is still running iOS 6.1.3), on the other hand, is stuffed to the max with music & photos...
            Jim Kirk
          • No... just no.

            You're funny. There is definitely nothing in your user manual telling you that you have a micro SD card slot in your iPhone. The slot on the side is for the SIM card. iPhone has never ever ever had micro SD slots ever, and I predict it's going to stay that way.

            Just... No.
          • iphone and SD Slot

            I love the iphone most of the time however the lack of a SD slot and storage space would be great due to me not being able to afford 128GB drive. I would hope apple would include a removable storage option in the future...
    • More free after update

      I needed 1.9GB to update my iPad 3rd gen. I was able to free just that amount. After the update, I have 2GB free--go figure.
    • 2.5GB.

      Download to iTunes and install from there. Needs much less phone memory because computer memory is used.
  • Plug it into your computer

    The space needed to install isn't necessary if you just plug it into your computer and upgrade via iTunes.
    • Unfortunately, yes it it...

      I'm upgrading via iTunes as we speak and it told me there wasn't enough space. So I just deleted the music, and I'll put it back when the upgrade is complete.
  • This new update has just rejuvenated my iPad 3 (Retina)

    The system speed has returned for this "old" iPad. When iOS 7 was introduced, system speed or "snappiness" was decreased noticeably.

    This update has restored it to "iOS 6" speed once again.

    Good things happen to those that wait, I guess.
    • No speed improvements

      Caught in a lie. The were some bug fixes and features added but no speed improvements. If anything the extra bloat make it slower.
      Sean Foley
      • Now we know Sean Foley is a Fraud...

        Has hasn't got an iPhone or iPad and never worked with iOS.

        Just a troll and a poor one at that.
        • He is...

          Toddy beta version .
          Maria Davidenko
      • Sean, Sean, Sean .. sloppy detective work on your part.

        Before posting your comment, you could at least do a cursory online search for colloborating statements to back your POV.

        As it is, you had best call Federico Viticci a liar also. (To just cite only one of many posted articles)

        In his last paragraph on his article entitled, "Apple releases iOS 7.1", he states, "The performance improvements are most noticeable on the iPhone 4 and iPad 3, but they can be appreciated on newer devices as well."

        see link:

        Again, Sean, that's just one article you can read, if you wish to take the time to do some basic research.

        For your information, I have an iPad 1, and iPad 2, an iPad 3 and an iPad Mini Retina. After installing the initial release of iOS 7 on my iPad 3, I noticed a marked system "speed" decrease. After searching online and noticing others were experiencing this same effect, (which I posted those observations on ZDNet in the past), I also read that the iPad 2 faired even worse when upgrading to iOS 7. Because of that, I kept my iPad 2 at the iOS 6 level.

        Now, after correcting your "foot in mouth" comments to me, I intend to research online and see if an iPad 2 can benefit from this iOS update. If it can, I will upgrade and let you know how it goes.

        Fair enough?
        • Sean is an idiot and a troll for sure

          And now he is also a coward for not even acknowledging his screw-up here. I love it!!
  • 82% on IOS 7

    "According to Apple, about 82 percent of all compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices are running iOS 7 as of late February, based on App Store data."

    I am in that 82% I guess. Not because I wanted to, but because I had no choice to use something I own the way I wanted to. I have an iPhone 4 with IOS 6 on it, and the only way for me to get the "go to fail" patch or whatever it was called, was to update to IOS7. I should have had a choice to install the patch that was made available to the older iDevices that cannot upgrade beyond IOS6. I do not like IOS7, but it was force upon me. I do not even think an update should be push automatically to my phone. I welcome a notification about it. From there it should up to me to choose what updates I want to install. Again I say, I should have been given a choice to download the "go to fail" patch for IOS6.
    • False the SSL error

      Was patched in iOS 6, as well as iOS 7. try iOS 6.1.6. But go on, and pre tent, that is not reality. Just don't be surprised when people mistake you for a Leftist, Liberal, Socialist.
      I hate trolls also