iOS 7.1 finally launches

carplay iOS

Apple has finally released iOS 7.1 after many months of anticipation. It’s packed with new features, tweaks and bug fixes, here’s a rundown of everything you’ll find within:

Apple Carplay

Make calls, get directions, play music and access select apps, all from within your car, using Apple’s new Carplay. This innovative new system is coming to select new cars later this year. Click here to find out more.

Apple CarPlay in car maps

Siri update

Now, with iOS 7.1 you can manually control when Siri listens by holding down the Home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done.
New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese.

Auto HDR

Available for the iPhone 5s only, HDR mode will automatically engage when the camera lens thinks it’s needed.

New Calendar events

Glance at your events in the new Month view.
Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries.

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.

HFP Prompts in Maps

Enabled in the Settings app, this feature lets your iPhone give directions prompts over the cars radio/speaker system.

Faster animations

The zoom animation for opening apps and folders is much faster, making the UI seem more responsive.


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.

Design tweaks

You’ll discover new power off and phone interface changes.

iOS 7 beta 3 phone call

Bug fixes:

  • Touch ID fingerprint recognition is improved.
  • An occasional Home screen crash bug has been fixed.
  • iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance.
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
  • Continued user interface refinements
  • 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