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Just released iOS 7.1 update includes bug fixes, new features

by David Needle

March 10 2014

iPad and iPhone users will find some new features and bug fixes in the latest update of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, released Monday.

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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