Apple have just released their eagerly awaited iOS7.1 update which should provide fixes for lingering bugs from the original iOS7 and it also offers some brand new features for Apple users. The update is compatible with all of Apple’s newest smartphones, tablets and iPods such as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 4 and the iPad Air. Here’s a round-up of the major changes.
First up are the new and improved features. Siri has had a mini make-over and now includes a choice of more natural voices and more control over how long Siri will listen to you speaking as it can be controlled manually by holding down the home button for as long as you’re speaking. This makes Siri more convenient when you’re recording longer documents.
Apple have also upgraded the camera app on the iPhone 5S so it will now identify when a HDR photo would be best suited to a certain image, the update means that it will now switch automatically to HDR mode unless you choose otherwise.
CarPlay is a brand new inclusion for iOS7.1 if you have an iPhone 5, 5S or 5C, however you do need a compatible new car on from 2014 onwards. Essentially CarPlay allows you to use your iPhone in your car a lot more easily and safer and ‘eyes-free’. All the handy things you use your iPhone for when you’re driving can be added to your car’s built-in display enabling you to make and receive calls and messages, get directions & maps and listen to your music. CarPlay can be controlled by Siri voice control or by using an in-car touchscreen or your car’s control buttons.
There have also been some tweaks to the iOS user interface with changes to the phone dialler to include a separate accept and decline button and an improvement to the music app with more obvious repeat and shuffle buttons. The Notification Centre has a clearer display for notifications and the Calendar now has a new Month view option. Owners of the iPhone 4 will also see their handsets respond more quickly as performance will have been improved.
Bug-wise the TouchID problems should now hopefully be resolved with faster and more accurate fingerprint recognition. Apple have also worked on the random rebooting issues which some users of newer devices were experiencing.