iOS 7.1 Arrives with CarPlay, Siri Tweaks, Mail Badge Fix, More
Fixes and features and new functionality, oh my! Apple has FINALLY delivered iOS 7.1 Update and it is packed with good things, including fixes for the hated home screen crash and Mail Unread Messages Badge bug. What else is new? Step inside.
Apple began testing iOS 7.1 way, way back in November — a nearly five month beta period. iOS 7.1 Update is now available and here is a quick look at what’s new and, just as importantly, fixed in this major release:
— 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
— 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
— 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
— Option to display events in month view
— Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
— 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 automatically clear 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
As previously reported by Tapscape, iOS 7.1 includes a range of user interface improvements, as well as fixes for the hated unread Mail and home screen crash issues.
On the new feature front, CarPlay is clearly the big deal as it’s Apple first mass market play for the in-car integration and automation.
And, jailbreakers, iOS 7.1 Update disables the evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak, patching key kernel exploits, etc.