One of the first things you are likely to notice after installing iOS 7.1 Update is the increased use of contrast and updated different button designs. From the now obvious “Shift Key On” (image below) to the updated Lockscreen, while iOS 7.1 does include new features, it’s mostly about righting wrongs.
The fixes include improved Touch ID performance, as well as fixes for the hated home screen crash and unreal Mail badge issues. New features include Apple’s CarPlay automation and integration play, and improved Siri (touch to talk), iTunes Radio (search), Calendar (display events in month view) and a number of Accessibility upgrades that jibe with iOS 7.1′s user interface refresh.
And, if you haven’t heard yet, iOS 7.1 breaks current jailbreak methods. In fact, Apple credits the evad3rs jailbreak team, creators of the popular Evasion7 jailbreak, with finding a vulnerability in iOS 7.
If you haven’t yet installed iOS 7.1 (release notes), you really should get that done now (Settings > Software Update > Check for Update).
— 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
— See also: Apple CarPlay Demos: Volvo, Benz, Ferrari
— See also: What Is CarPlay?
— Manually control when Siri listens (touch to talk) 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
— 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 automatically clear 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
Did you skip the embedded video above? Be sure to check out ITWE4KZ iOS 7.1 intro because it’s chock full o’ (bad grammar and) really interesting details about Apple’s mobile operating system update.
Also, the new features in iOS 7.1 aren’t available everywhere, so be sure to check Redmond Pie’s feature availability by region chart.
iOS 7.1: The Ecosystem
Apple’s mobile operating system is a bubbling, frothy evolutionary soup. That said, the company has updated not only its Xcode development package, but also the bits, none naughty (i.e. Apple TV, Configurator and Remote).
Xcode 5.1 is available to registered developers via the Mac App Store or the developer website. Features and fixes include updated Auto Layout, Quick Look debugger support, Intrument symbol resolution, 64-bit iOS support and, what update would be complete without, “additional bug fixes and stability improvements.”
While folks have been hoping for major new features, Apple TV 6.1 is a modest update. The “big” new feature is the ability to hide channel/app icons.
Apple’s iOS device configuration and deployment utility, Apple Configurator 1.5 offers bug fixes, compatibility updates and support for a new iOS setting to require a passcode for an initial AirPlay connection.
Lastly, Apple’s iOS app for controlling iTunes and Apple TV playback, has gotten an update, too. Remote 4.2 adds the ability control iTunes Radio on an Apple TV, as well as bugs fixes and stability improvements.
Apple has delivered a lot with iOS 7.1 and the associated bits — any obvious omissions?
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