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New features like CarPlay and long-awaited enhancements to Siri and Touch ID headlined Monday's iOS 7.1 update, but Apple also made several aesthetic changes as designers continue to refine the mobile operating system's user interface.

Phone



iOS 7.1


Perhaps fittingly, the iPhone's "Phone" app received the most attention. Every button that was previously rectangular is now circular, and many have been given new icons in the makeover.

When using the dial pad to make a call manually, the "place call" button now swivels and smoothly morphs into the "end call" button. In addition, call waiting controls have been reformatted and moved to the bottom of the display.

Physics, Motion, and Accessibility



iOS 7.1


Apple also made a significant number of tweaks to iOS 7's physics and motion settings. Zooming in and out of folders and apps is now much faster, and many of the in-app transitions are sped up.

Notification Center and Control Center now sport much more pronounced "bounces" when being opened, a jarring change from the easing present in iOS 7.0.x. Apple has expanded the array of accessibility options -- enabling the "Reduce Motion" option has a more noticeable impact than in previous revisions, and a new "Button Shapes" option adds shaded outlines around tappable areas.

Miscellaneous



iOS 7.1


The "Calendar" app now sports a dedicated list view button, which will take users directly to their full appointment list when looking at a specific day. Pressing the same button in month view provides an updated split-screen view with the calendar on top and appointment list below.

iOS 7.1


The lock screen's "slide to unlock" text is much more prominent, and the keyboard displayed when using an alphanumeric pass code has been tweaked. Additionally, the system keyboard itself has slightly redesigned shift and caps lock keys.

iOS 7.1


Using the Touch ID sensor to identify an already-enrolled finger now causes the finger's entry to be continuously highlighted, rather than flashing as it did before. Siri, meanwhile, sports a new hold to talk mode that allows users to hold down the home button while speaking and release it to signal Siri to stop listening, useful in loud or busy surroundings.

Finally, the "Camera" app now has an intelligent "Auto HDR" feature. When enabled, the camera will analyze the scene and automatically shoot in HDR if it feels conditions warrant it.
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BRING BACK FULL SIZE CONTACT INFO PICTURES (without some crazy 'resizing' workaround).. please.
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FairPlay my iPhone 4s & iPad 3 feel a lot more responsive, finally close to iOS 6 performance.
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BRING BACK FULL SIZE CONTACT INFO PICTURES (without some crazy 'resizing' workaround).. please.
 

Oh, did they remove that? It’s one of the things I’ve always loved about the iPhone’s concept, from day one. Nonsense.

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Siri, meanwhile, sports a new hold to talk mode that allows users to hold down the home button while speaking and release it to signal Siri to stop listening, useful in loud or busy surroundings.

I don't get how that has anything to do with loud or busy surroundings. It's just a way to force Siri from searching before you've finished what you've got to say. And I'm glad they've added that because it used constantly do it for me as I like to speak at a relaxed pace.
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The calendar thing is huge, I love split view and missed it.  Glad they brought it back.  I'll probably do this update pretty quick instead of waiting on bug reports just to get that.  Hopefully they added back the ability to see a pic when you're on a call as well, I used that for info sometimes.

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So far, talking minutes here, performance is much better on my iPad 3. More importantly Safari hasn't crashed yet on on A I forums. 😃😃😃😃😃
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Oh, did they remove that? It’s one of the things I’ve always loved about the iPhone’s concept, from day one. Nonsense.

They sure did... it would seem that, irregardless whether you take the photo from your iphone, a saved file on your phone and/or mac alike. Keeping in mind that I never sync'd to Facebook contacts at all and made no adjustment when iOS 7 was installed initially— So, Yes, that was something I too loved about the update.

 

Now when you try to resize a contact photo - it always just wants to constrain the photo in a small circle ... bummer.

 

Jonny Ive has got all bubbles on the brain.. sheesh. The next iPhone is gonna be completely round - you watch.


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They also darkened the text on the keyboard as well. First thing I noticed actually
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After the update I got prompted that I have to use a cable to re-enable wifi sync again. One of those little hidden gems in the update. Sigh....
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The calendar thing is huge, I love split view and missed it.  Glad they brought it back.  I'll probably do this update pretty quick instead of waiting on bug reports just to get that.  Hopefully they added back the ability to see a pic when you're on a call as well, I used that for info sometimes.

 

Personally have never been affected by anecdotal bug reports. I basically ignore them. Tons of people out there who don’t know what they are talking about but are always quick to blame their hosed systems on Apple’s software. Some threads get humongous but are complete nonsense.

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How about AI would finally get in the habit of posting build numbers with such news?
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I don't get how that has anything to do with loud or busy surroundings. It's just a way to force Siri from searching before you've finished what you've got to say. And I'm glad they've added that because it used constantly do it for me as I like to speak at a relaxed pace.

I think the reasoning is that if it's noisy in the background Siri would sometimes not realize that you stopped talking and would try to decipher what is being said in the background as part of your inquiry.

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The show button shape is hideous, lazily implemented..seems like Apple just did for the sake of those complaining about the text based buttons..
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Maybe I just can't see it, but there is no month view button to see a whole month on my iPhone 5....
Could it be the change only applies to newer iPhones ?
It would have been nice to be a bit more precise guys....
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The show button shape is hideous, lazily implemented..seems like Apple just did for the sake of those complaining about the text based buttons..

Yes. And the text seems off centre. By a pixel or two. Very obvious in the back "button/shape" in mail.
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How is it that the only way to delete music directly from an iPhone is song-by-song? Why hasn't Apple fixed this yet...to make it possible to delete whole albums, or all music by a single artist? Currently, it is either "delete all music," or, do it song-by-song. It is maddening. I was really hoping this update would rectify this. Please tell me I am missing something?!
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How about AI would finally get in the habit of posting build numbers with such news?

I'm curious, how would that matter for IOS unless you were a dev tester and had multiple builds of 7.1? Are there different build numbers based on iDevice feature/carrier?
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After the update I got prompted that I have to use a cable to re-enable wifi sync again. One of those little hidden gems in the update. Sigh....

 

I don't think that's ever happened before in an update, I suspect its a conscious change due to a security issue.

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How is it that the only way to delete music directly from an iPhone is song-by-song? Why hasn't Apple fixed this yet...to make it possible to delete whole albums, or all music by a single artist? Currently, it is either "delete all music," or, do it song-by-song. It is maddening. I was really hoping this update would rectify this. Please tell me I am missing something?!

i don't believe your missing anything. Submit it as a feature request.
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After the update I got prompted that I have to use a cable to re-enable wifi sync again. One of those little hidden gems in the update. Sigh....

I had one device that complained that it couldn't reach iTunes to wifi sync after the update; something I never saw in incremental 7.1 beta updates. I gonna check it and see if that resulted in disabling wifi sync.
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I had one device that complained that it couldn't reach iTunes to wifi sync after the update; something I never saw in incremental 7.1 beta updates. I gonna check it and see if that resulted in disabling wifi sync.

I got that on my iPhone. I haven't looked into it yet.

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The show button shape is hideous, lazily implemented..seems like Apple just did for the sake of those complaining about the text based buttons..

 

It's the classic "add an option to fix a UI mistake" UI mistake.

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How about AI would finally get in the habit of posting build numbers with such news?

I'm curious, how would that matter for IOS unless you were a dev tester and had multiple builds of 7.1? Are there different build numbers based on iDevice feature/carrier?

Because I happen to be a tester, and iTunes claims there's no iOS update for my devices, but I highly doubt that the latest beta was a GM build, particularly since I'm not aware of all the functionality/changes listed in the build on my device...
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After the update I got prompted that I have to use a cable to re-enable wifi sync again. One of those little hidden gems in the update. Sigh....

 

I don't think that's ever happened before in an update, I suspect its a conscious change due to a security issue.

 

It most certainly did in the 7.0.2 release. I remember that I was surprised by it. I think it may be setting dependent (wired vas wi-fi) on how you sync & what but can't tell until I update more phones (and some that didn't ever have pre-release systems).

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Because I happen to be a tester, and iTunes claims there's no iOS update for my devices, but I highly doubt that the latest beta was a GM build, particularly since I'm not aware of all the functionality/changes listed in the build on my device...

Today's build is 11D167.

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After the update I got prompted that I have to use a cable to re-enable wifi sync again. One of those little hidden gems in the update. Sigh....

 

I don't think that's ever happened before in an update, I suspect its a conscious change due to a security issue.

 

It most certainly did in the 7.0.2 release. I remember that I was surprised by it. I think it may be setting dependent (wired vas wi-fi) on how you sync & what but can't tell until I update more phones (and some that didn't ever have pre-release systems).

 

The dev site has the current version at 11D167.

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Siri, meanwhile, sports a new hold to talk mode that allows users to hold down the home button while speaking and release it to signal Siri to stop listening, useful in loud or busy surroundings.

I don't get how that has anything to do with loud or busy surroundings. It's just a way to force Siri from searching before you've finished what you've got to say. And I'm glad they've added that because it used constantly do it for me as I like to speak at a relaxed pace.

It's probably both.

 

Be happy.

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Because I happen to be a tester, and iTunes claims there's no iOS update for my devices, but I highly doubt that the latest beta was a GM build, particularly since I'm not aware of all the functionality/changes listed in the build on my device...

Dev site has the build number at 11D167 and available for download. When GM or final step is released, I tend to full restore to wipe any gremlins from the beta incrementals. In AI's defense, beta testers may not be their target audience.

Edit: pipped by Damn_Its_Hot [sic].
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Edit: pipped by Damn_Its_Hot [sic].

Am I chopped liver?

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Am I chopped liver?

Truly I was pipped from The Ansible as well. However, my intent was to subtly bring shame on the tester that didn't check the dev site before asking AI.

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Safari seems snappier.

Oh yeah and the fingerprint scanner as well.
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AppleInsider View Post posted some stuff and chopped of pictures...
 

Why lop off the screen shots?

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Now when you try to resize a contact photo - it always just wants to constrain the photo in a small circle ... bummer.

 

I liked the iOS 6 behavior better where the person's face was full size and not blurred like in iOS 7. That was really awful because I like seeing my friends and family as they really are not some burry version. At least the new iOS 7.1 version is not blurry, although, I would still prefer the option of seeing the full size image.

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They also darkened the text on the keyboard as well. First thing I noticed actually

I think they did a subtle contrast enhancement on all the text and icons at least comparing it to a friend's iOS 7 phone. I also think they made the text slightly larger too. I only checked in the email app but that looked better to me.

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I agree, do not like the small photo when a call comes in. Like the old way and the rectangle buttons. The rest of the update is great though. Way faster and Touch ID works every time now.
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Maybe I just can't see it, but there is no month view button to see a whole month on my iPhone 5....
Could it be the change only applies to newer iPhones ?
It would have been nice to be a bit more precise guys....

It's there on my iPhone 5
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Maybe I just can't see it, but there is no month view button to see a whole month on my iPhone 5....
Could it be the change only applies to newer iPhones ?
It would have been nice to be a bit more precise guys....

Nothing wrong with just looking and figuring it out for yourself--unless you'd really rather blame others for your difficulties. On my 5, the portrait orientation calendar view toggles between wk/day and month. When showing wk/day, the month with a left-facing arrow appears in the upper left. Tapping on it gives the month view. When in month view, tapping on any day brings up its week at the top and a list for the day.

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Have they fixed the annoying display-dimming thing in Control Centre on the iPad. Makes setting the specific level of brightness a pain if watching a video with someone else in the dark and you want to find a good brightness that suits you both and the content.


Oh, and wonder if the Touch ID with 'Reduce Motion [on]' crashing is fixed...
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I think the reasoning is that if it's noisy in the background Siri would sometimes not realize that you stopped talking and would try to decipher what is being said in the background as part of your inquiry.

Every time I try to use Siri in my car, my wife starts talking...

...every

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time!
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