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iOS 7 brings quite a few new features to the table and some bug fixes

Although Apple has released quite a few security/maintenance updates for iOS 7 since the operating system was launched in September 2013, today marks the first major update released to the public. Apple is now making available iOS 7.1, which addresses a number of bugs in the operating system, makes a few visual changes to the UI, and even includes some new features.

iOS 7.1 is available to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices that can currently run iOS 7.0.x.

Here’s a list of what’s changed in this 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
iTunes Radio
  • 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 are automatically cleared 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

Source: Apple

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By daboom06 on 3/10/2014 2:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
those with >10000 unread emails will finally realize that they are bad people and should stay caught up with their emails. apple-vation(R)

RE: finally
By amanojaku on 3/10/2014 3:25:49 PM , Rating: 1
It's surprisingly easy to have >10,000 emails. If you're a new member to an active mailing list. A technical support list of a large infrastructure with multiple status polls. Or a discussion list in large company that hasn't been archived. Being accurate is a good thing. Bad enough if this was a GUI bug. If it was a bug dealing with storing data, it would have tossed messages once it hit 10,000.

RE: finally
By FaaR on 3/10/2014 3:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
At what point do actually stating the exact amount of unread emails cease to be meaningful though; 100, 1000, 10000, 100000...1000000000000? :P

RE: finally
By amanojaku on 3/10/2014 4:00:47 PM , Rating: 3
For me, personally, it's 1...

Changes, Yes. Better, No.
By The Insolent One on 3/10/2014 3:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
They've definitely made changes, but the usability has decreased.

Using smaller buttons is not an improvement. It's design for design's sake, not better for actual use.

I don't have huge fingers but the answer call button, the end call button, the keypad hide button are all unnecessarily small.

This is why there should be checks and balances with releases. When designers go too far, they need to be reined in to make things usable.

RE: Changes, Yes. Better, No.
By Donkey2008 on 3/11/2014 12:55:42 AM , Rating: 3
Sir Jonathan Ives approved of the changes, so how could anything be bad about this update?

That's sarcasm by the way.

By doughtree on 3/11/2014 10:39:10 AM , Rating: 2
ha they call it carplay instead of icar? sounds like they are using google's play store naming conventions

RE: carplay
By FaaR on 3/11/2014 6:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
Apple had airplay before google had playstore, so ask yourself who exactly is copying who. :P

iPhone 4 improvements
By NICOXIS on 3/11/2014 10:02:01 AM , Rating: 1
I wonder if this also includes the 4s..

RE: iPhone 4 improvements
By Stiggalicious on 3/11/2014 3:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it does include the 4S. I'm actually very impressed that they took the effort to significantly improve performance for 'older' iPhones rather than just leave them in the dust.

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