After a lengthy iOS 7.1 beta process, the iOS 7.1 update is now available to iPhone and iPad users in the United States and elsewhere bringing bug fixes, improved performance for the iPhone 4, CarPlay and more to those using devices currently on Apple’s iOS 7 software.
In November, Apple released the first iOS 7.1 beta update for developers. Over the past four months, Apple and its developer partners have been tinkering with the update, ensuring that it’s release will help, rather than hurt, iPhone and iPad owners on iOS 7.
Reports pegged the iOS 7.1 release for March and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber insisted that an iOS 7.1 update release was imminent. Earlier today, it looked like Apple would release a GM before releasing the final version of iOS 7.1 but we now know that that isn’t the case.
iOS 7.1 is now available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners running iOS 7.0.6, iOS 7.0.5, iOS 7.0.4, iOS 7.0.3, iOS 7.0.2, iOS 7.0.1, or even the original iOS 7.0 update. Those who are eligible for the update will encounter an update that is well over 200MB in size and will require a good deal of time to download and install.
Users who have filled up their internal storage space may not be able to install Over-the-Air through the software settings. iOS updates require a large amount of space in order to install OTA. Those who don’t have enough space will need to plug in and install the old fashioned way through iTunes.
Once the iOS 7.1 update is downloaded and installed, it will bring a number of changes along with it including major fixes for iPhone and iPad users. Among them, a fix for the springboard issues that have plagued iPhone and iPad owners since the arrival of iOS 7 back in September, improvements to TouchID fingerprint recognition, and “improved performance” for the iPhone 4, the oldest iPhone running iOS 7.
Apple says that it has included refinements to the iOS 7 interface, refinements that should include the changes to the Phone app and Power Off screen that we detailed in the buildup to the iOS 7.1 release.
The iOS 7.1 update will be coming with a number of other changes as well including changes to the iOS 7 keyboard that make the keys more visible, additions to the Calendar app including the option to display events by month, tweaks to iTunes Radio, and Apple’s new CarPlay service that brings a whole new experience for the car.
Siri is also a big focus on iOS 7.1 as the company has added a new way to manually control when Siri listens and more natural sounding voices for those living in the UK, Australia, Japan, and China.
All in all, iOS 7.1 is a massive update for iOS 7, the biggest since the release of iOS 7 back in September and it should serve as a bridge between iOS 7 and the next major iOS update.
Apple is expected to deliver a brand new iOS update dubbed iOS 8 later on this year. The update is expected to retain a similar look though it will reportedly be focused on delivering health related features to iPhone and iPad owners.