As well as a host of security flaw, bug and stability fixes, the iOS7.1 download includes some feature enhancements, although some will only apply to the top end models. Some of the iOS7.1 features are pretty cool, for example, Apple has recognised that the chipset in the iPhone 4 is not as advanced as the latest models so has streamlined the iOS7 functionality to ensure that it runs as quickly as possible.
There is a little tweak to Siri so that you can keep your finger on the home button while you speak so that it knows that once you release it you have finished your command. In some countries, Siri also gets a female voice, should you wish to change from the authoritative male that we have become so accustomed to. Apple also state that the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is now more accurate with the iOS7.1 download which should lead to fewer rejections. Mine always seems to fail immediately after I have used my computer mouse which has a rubber patch on the side, does anybody else have this issue? Again for iPhone 5s users, there is a camera update.
Car Play is also integrated in to the update, this was unveiled last week by Apple at the Geneva Motor Show and syncs with the new car dashboard that was unveiled on some top end models (I don’t think most will have to worry about this for a while).
iOS7.1 download overview
Here’s my pick of the latest updates:
- Updated circular icons (see when you get a call)
- Calendar enhancements
- Search integrated in to iTunes Radio
- Reduce motion and bold font options
- Hold and release Siri control
- Female Siri voice option
- Fingerprint sensor improvements on iPhone 5s
- Automatically enabled HDR camera enhancement on iPhone 5s
- Car Play integration
- A mass of bug and security fixes
Bonus iOS7.1 download tip!
You may remember that I gave this little tip out when talking about the iOS7.0.3 update a while ago but it is still relevant for this update. If you try to install the update over Wi-Fi, you need to have 2.5GB of free storage on your device for it to download and install (who has that amount free?!?!). If you plug your device in to your PC and install it through iTunes, you only need to have around 1GB of storage free, it’s also faster.
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