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Apple on Monday released iOS 7.1, the most significant update to its mobile platform in six months, featuring tweaks to the user interface introduced in iOS 7, fixes for lingering bugs, and new features such as support for the new CarPlay infotainment center.




The newly released iOS 7.1 is identified as build 11D167. As first revealed by AppleInsider last month, the update is said to improve Touch ID fingerprint recognition for iPhone 5s users.

iOS 7.1 also includes a new manual setting for Siri, allowing users to hold the home button on their device to have the system listen, and let go when they are done speaking, as opposed to having Siri automatically detect when a user has finished speaking. The update also allows users to subscribe to iTunes Match directly from their device, allowing for ad-free listening to iTunes Radio.

Owners of the iPhone 4 should also see improved performance with iOS 7.1, while those who buy a compatible vehicle will be able to take advantage of CarPlay. Events can also be displayed in month view, iPhone 5s users can have the camera automatically enable HDR photos, and FaceTime call notifications are now synced across devices through iCloud.

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Pre-release versions of iOS 7 have been supplied to developers for testing since last November, making it a particularly lengthy beta period. A mid-March release for iOS 7.1 has been expected for some time.

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

  • 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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Nice. What are the new Siri voices like?

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Hope they've made the snooze button larger on the alarm.
Right now it's about a quarter inch high by one inch wide.
Way too small to focus on when you're waking up.
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I'd have liked SIRI to note when I stopped touching the home button via TouchID rather than having to keep it physically pressed in.

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@robotstorm: For snooze, just hit the lock button.
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Just starting the download. I'm hoping some of these phone resets/springboard crashes are fixed. Has been the bane of my life in the past number of months.
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The ability to hold the home button to dictate the listening time to siri will be nice, especially in loud environments.
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Just starting the download. I'm hoping some of these phone resets/springboard crashes are fixed. Has been the bane of my life in the past number of months.

Yeah, the constant crashing (5S here) is literally the only thing I really care about getting fixed. It's basically 90% backboardd, a little bit of SpringBoard, a little bit of mediaserverd, and the rest being specific apps (often Safari, but there's quite a variety).

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Hi, I'm Jack Ass Analyst here on Wall Street. I am urging my clients to sell their APPL positions based on the contents of this update. We originally forecasted that this update would contain holographic enhancements and a olfactory sensor, which would allow apps to recognize a food dish. However, since Apple has let us down once again by not meeting our outlandish prognostications, we are urging our clients to SELL.

Samsung, with its lack of filters for the plethora of features it blindly slaps onto and into its phones, proves much more compelling for consumers who are easily delighted by senseless options, which they forget about by the time they arrive home from their local Android bazaar.
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Snappier?
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Hope they've made the snooze button larger on the alarm.
Right now it's about a quarter inch high by one inch wide.
Way too small to focus on when you're waking up.

Stayed the same size. But Safari hasn't crashed while posting this, so there.
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Snappier?

Apparently so for the 4, which, if true, is pretty amazing considering it is a very old phone by now. If Apple has managed to breathe a little life into the old 4 it will be very welcome to the millions of people who still use one, or everyone who has one or more collecting dust in a drawer somewhere. I have been vey hesitant even giving mine away as the experience is not great. 

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I am downloading the update.  I have a weird question.  My iphone5 the update is 1.27gb.  I call my friend that has a iphone 5, and he told me that his update was only 214mb as the article show!!  has someone has see these???? Note: i am making the update from my macbook pro! Is downloading all the IOS instead of making the update?

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Much snappier on my iPhone 5.

install was quick too. Hopefully they've fixed the bluetooth keyboard crashing bug.

As a bonus: all of my iTunes Match music seems to finally have the correct artwork!
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Originally Posted by CarlosDeBernard View Post
has someone has see these????

 

Yeah. Every model has a separate file that only works on that model.

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Originally Posted by tpf1952 View Post

Snappier?

 

The snappiest.

Ever.

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I am downloading the update.  I have a weird question.  My iphone5 the update is 1.27gb.  I call my friend that has a iphone 5, and he told me that his update was only 214mb as the article show!!  has someone has see these???? Note: i am making the update from my macbook pro! Is downloading all the IOS instead of making the update?

When updating through iTunes while connected over USB I believe it downloads the full 7.1 update. A stand alone update, over WiFi in my case, downloaded the delta, which indeed is a mere 214MB. My iPad downloaded the delta as well: 207MB in my case.
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Snappier?

The snappiest.
Ever.

I wonder how this experience will be on Android. Is it something, like, BOOM¿
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The picture shows the wireless incremental update. If you update via iTunes, you will be downloading the full 1.20 Gb IPSW container. 

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I am downloading the update.  I have a weird question.  My iphone5 the update is 1.27gb.  I call my friend that has a iphone 5, and he told me that his update was only 214mb as the article show!!  has someone has see these???? Note: i am making the update from my macbook pro! Is downloading all the IOS instead of making the update?

Correct.  If you download and install the update via iTunes, you will download the entire image file.  The 214 MB update is the "over the air" update you run via WiFi directly on your iOS device (Settings app -> General -> Software Update)

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Nice update! I just hope the constant Safari crash is fixed. It happens at least 10 times a day for me on my iPhone 5s. Same with my iPad. 

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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post


I wonder how this experience will be on Android. Is it something, like, BOOM¿

 

1. Won't be snappy on Android until there is 64-bit hardware and software.  Could take years.

 

2. Most users wouldn't be able to upgrade to the latest version anyway.  Obsolete hardware and/or carrier blockage.

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Correct.  If you download and install the update via iTunes, you will download the entire image file.  The 214 MB update is the "over the air" update you run via WiFi directly on your iOS device (Settings app -> General -> Software Update)

So far on my iPad mini and my iPhone 5s, that I've done OTA on Wifi, it has been 1.4 and 1.5 GB respectively.

 

Perhaps because I was running 7.1 beta, however. May be a smaller update going from 7.0.6 > 7.1

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The lockscreen keyboard is different (I think) if anyone cares


My update was ~ 271 MB.

Text size on the notification center looks considerably larger and I have my text size setting at the smallest level.



They also finally made the clear button for notifications bigger and easier to read


Edited by alcstarheel - 3/10/14 at 10:59am
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Bleh, fades (Reduced Motion on) are not any faster than before...

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Apparently so for the 4, which, if true, is pretty amazing considering it is a very old phone by now. If Apple has managed to breathe a little life into the old 4 it will be very welcome to the millions of people who still use one, or everyone who has one or more collecting dust in a drawer somewhere. I have been very hesitant even giving mine away as the experience is not great. 

 

I've kept mine purely because it's unlocked and for the off chance that I travel over seas

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Anything interesting UI/feature-wise or just the usual "integration"/"cloud" crap?

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Favorite new setting so far is Darken Colors. It just adds more weight to the system. Highly recommended.

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It is definitely snappier in most aspects that I've seen so far (closing apps to the home screen, list scrolling, switching between app pages, opening apps from home/search, zooming in/out of folders, pulling up the keyboard).
Edited by alcstarheel - 3/10/14 at 11:10am
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Hi, I'm Jack Ass Analyst here on Wall Street. I am urging my clients to sell their APPL positions based on the contents of this update. We originally forecasted that this update would contain holographic enhancements and a olfactory sensor, which would allow apps to recognize a food dish. However, since Apple has let us down once again by not meeting our outlandish prognostications, we are urging our clients to SELL.

Samsung, with its lack of filters for the plethora of features it blindly slaps onto and into its phones, proves much more compelling for consumers who are easily delighted by senseless options, which they forget about by the time they arrive home from their local Android bazaar.

Hello Jack Ass Analyst!  I'm with Dumb Ass Bash Apple Tech News Site.  Can we quote you on your AAPL stock SELL recommendation in order to help further soil Apple's reputation in the minds of the hapless public who read our drivel?

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I wonder how this experience will be on Android. Is it something, like, BOOM¿

...and it took 17 posts before Google and/or Android got an off-topic mention. 1wink.gif
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I wonder how this experience will be on Android. Is it something, like, BOOM¿

...and it took 17 posts before Google and/or Android got an off-topic mention. 1wink.gif

Must be my slow iPhone. Normally I'm #1 to make a derogative remark about the competition.
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I just crashed Safari without much effort. Very disappointing. Granted, it certainly lasted longer than it normally does, but simply opening up a bunch of websites and 1 audio file was enough to kill it.

 

:(

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Must be my slow iPhone. Normally I'm #1 to make a derogative remark about the competition.

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The zooming animations are quicker, as is TouchID recognition, which is great as typing the 4 digit passcode in took about the same time as fingerprint recognition for me with 7.0.x.

The UK voices are good but not quite as smooth as the American ones. The male one still sounds a bit like he's talking through foam (the old UK Daniel voice was awful, people would comment on how bad it was. It was really muffled and weird), but the female is nice and clear.
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Favorite new setting so far is Darken Colors. It just adds more weight to the system. Highly recommended.

Nevermind. Turn this setting on, then visit Maps. Major bug. Search field is black. Text is black. Text is invisible. Well done Apple. Solid testing. (feedback submitted)

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Actually, ever since updating to 7.0.4, my iPhone 5s has had very few crashes and only one time where the phone randomly rebooted (and this came after a previously stable game app was updated and started lagging a lot).  I suspect that some of the problems people have with iOS 7 might come from installing the updates using the smaller OTA delta installation files, rather than plugging the device into a computer and running the full-sized installation file on iTunes.  All I know is that I've done two of the iOS 7 updates using iTunes, and for whatever reason, my phone has not had a lot of the issues that I read about. 

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@robotstorm: For snooze, just hit the lock button.

Cool, thanks!!! I didn't know that.

Although I'd still love a giant snooze button on the home screen.

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Pulling home screen down for the search doesn't 'hiccup' anymore!
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. . .Safari hasn't crashed while posting this, so there.

So, testing this out, I have quoted you, messed with your post a bit, made a few backspace corrections to my post, waited a few seconds . . .

. . . and it should be crashing on me right about now . . .

and it didn't!!!!
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