Apple iOS 7.1 update: Boxes are out, circles are in; CarPlay support and no more random resets
All the latest news from Apple's update
Tuesday 11 March 2014
Apple has released the long-awaited update to iOS 7 named, unsurprisingly iOS 7.1.
The latest version of iOS offers a range of tweaks, including prepping Apple handsets for CarPlay, offering the option to further reduce animations for those who were feeling nauseous watching all those zooms and flips, and helping the OS work a little smoother on the iPhone 4 - the oldest handset to support iOS 7.
Before we take a look at the visual tweaks (quick summary: boxes are out, circles are in) it’s worth doing a run-down of the less visible changes.
So, Apple has fixed the random reboots and “white screen of death” that was affecting some iPhone 5s and iPad Air users, they've added a “view by month” function to the calenda and enabled the option for always-on HDR photography, and they've also given users more control over Siri.
Access to Apple's virtual assistant still happens via the home button, but for those users who are apt to drone on so much that Siri would interrupt them mid-question there's now the option to keep pressing on the button to give you more time to think.
And to further heighten the illusion for ego-tripping users that they're living in the 50s and there's a real person on the other end of their 'intercom' Apple has also added what it calls "new, more natural sounding voices", both male and female, for UK and Australian English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
There are no massive visual changes like the leap to iOS 7 itself, but a number of little tweaks include a new power off animation (see video above) and the removal of the 'slide to answer' icon on phone calls. Instead, there are now two circular red and green icons (see picture at the top) as well as options for messaging the caller and creating a reminder.
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