iOS 7.1 Released

As expected, Apple has rolled out the release of iOS 7.1 today. This update is for the iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later and the 5th generation iPod touch.

The new design for the incoming call screen in iOS 7.1

The update includes bug fixes, new features, and user interface refinements:

  • 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

I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but I can say, without question, that the performance is vastly improved on the iPhone 4. Seriously. It’s night and day.

As someone who owns an older phone, not a lot of these updates will impact me, but it’s nice to see Apple still putting a lot of effort into iPhone 4 optimization (likely due to it’s prominence in emerging markets).

iOS 7.1 is available through iTunes or as an over-the-air update on your iOS device.