Released hours ago for all iDevice owners, iOS 7.1 delivers a massive amount of tweaks and enhancements, as well as a few new features, including CarPlay, Siri updates, and numerous fixes. Access Settings > General > Software Update and get the full scoop below as you wait for your device to reboot.In releasing iOS 7.1 to the masses, Apple has published a special page on its web site touting the new key features and enhancements, starting with the newly-announced infotainment system dubbed CarPlay.
“iOS 7.1 is packed with interface refinements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features. Apple CarPlay introduces a better way to use iPhone while driving. And you can now control exactly how long Siri listens and more. Getting the update is easy. Go to Settings. Select General. And tap Software Update,” the company says.
“Available on select new cars in 2014, CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them on your car’s built-in display. Now you have a smarter, safer way to make calls, get directions, or play music from your iPhone while in the car. Just plug in your iPhone and go.”
Siri also gets new, more natural-sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese, while the Camera app can be set to take HDR photos by default now, a feature exclusive to iPhone 5s customers.
For instance, Accessibility users will be glad to notice that the Bold font option now includes the keyboard, Calculator, and many icon glyphs, and they can reduce Motion for Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations. Users can even choose to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point.
According to Apple, “iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance,” something that has already been corroborated by people who’ve tested the firmware against the company’s 2010 smartphone.
Other changes include iCloud Keychain support in more countries, fixes for the Mail unread badge, and FaceTime call notifications get automatically cleared when the user answers a call on another device.