Just released iOS 7.1 update includes bug fixes, new features

March 10, 2014
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Some of the bug fixes will come as a relief to users. Apple also made some visual changes to the phone dialer and power-off features.

The update can be done over-the-air by navigating to "Software Update" in the "General" section of the device's settings.

Feature improvements include:

  • CarPlay: What had been called iOS in the Car, supports iPhone calling, music, maps, and messaging. You can also  control certain functions through Siri, the iOS voice-activated assistant
     
  • Siri improvements: Including natural-sounding voices for U.K. English, Australian English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. You can also use it in push-to-talk mode by holding the Home button for the duration of your query;
     
  • Calendar changes: The list view has returned in month view
     
  • iTunes Radio updates: The radio feature, first introduced in iOS 7, has been updated with new features, including the ability to buy albums over-the-air from "Now Playing"
     
  • Accessibility additions: The "parallax" motion feature option now includes Weather, Messages, and multi-tasking user interface animations. New options have been added to allow users to display a darker keyboard
     
  • Camera settings enhanced: Now has a setting that allows users to automatically enable HDR mode for iPhone 5s users
     
  • Touch ID improved: Apple says the software that controls the biometric reader has been improved to make fingerprint recognition better

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