The iOS 7.1 release date is now completely up in the air now that Apple has released an updated version of the iTunes Festival application that supposedly was going to usher in the arrival of the iOS 7.1 update.
Earlier this week, John Gruber from Daring Fireball claimed that Apple would be updating its iTunes Festival application ahead of its start at SXSW next week. The festival kicks off on March 11th. Gruber also insinuated that the application would require the iOS 7.1 update to operate, concluding that the update’s arrival was close.
The release of iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad might be close but it certainly isn’t tied to the arrival of this application as Apple has produced an updated version of the iTunes Festival app that is compatible with iOS 7.0 and does not require iOS 7.1.
Apple’s updated application is now available on the App Store and it brings a refreshed design to an application that hadn’t been updated for months. We have successfully downloaded the application from the U.S. App Store and it appears that it works perfectly on the current version of iOS 7, iOS 7.0.6.
While the update is fantastic for iPhone and iPad owners who are looking forward to the iTunes Festival, it means that the iOS 7.1 release date is now up in the air, which is exactly where it was before Gruber chimed in with his information.
iOS 7.1 rumors have pointed to a release inside the month of March with AppleInsider claiming that it would be released around March 15th. Other reports were not as specific. Apple typically releases a GM (Gold Master) for developers prior to a public release and thus far, we have not seen an iOS 7.1 Gold Master emerge from Apple’s beta program.
Apple’s next big iOS update has remained in the beta program since November. Since then, Apple has released four more iOS 7.1 beta’s with the latest iOS 7.1 beta 5 released in early February.
iOS 7.1 is expected to deliver a number of big upgrades for iPhone and iPad owners including performance enhancements, bug fixes including one for nasty springboard issue that has affected Apple’s new iPhones and iPads, and some changes to the user interface that will help to unify the overall look of iOS 7.
The new update is expected to debut for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and the iPod touch fifth-generation. All of those devices currently run iOS 7, Apple’s current operating system.