After much anticipation, Apple released the iPhone’s iOS 7.1 mobile operating system update on Monday. This follows the release of iOS 7 in June 2013.
According to The Verge, several tweaks have been made to the iOS user interface and some bugs have been fixed. The most significant visual changes are related to the iPhone’s dialing and power off features.
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“iOS 7.1 switches to rounded UI elements in both of these areas,” according to The Verge
, “and the incoming call interface now includes separate decline and accept buttons below floating circular icons for the Remind Me and Message options.”
Other fixes include the elimination of random reboots, making the shift and delete keys easier to see, and a change to the Notification Center that allows the user to clear notifications “more accurately,” according to The Verge.
The iOS updates also include support for Apple’s new feature, CarPlay.
According to Apple’s website, “CarPlay
takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them in your car’s built-in display. Now you have a smarter, safer way to make calls, get directions, or play music from your iPhone while in the car.”
Using Siri voice commands, the iOS 7.1 CarPlay feature allows the user to respond to incoming calls, dictate text messages, and access music in the user’s library while in the car. The user will also be able to search iTunes Radio for featured stations and more quickly create new stations around songs and artists.
Also with Siri, the iOS 7.1 updates include the ability to hold the home button down longer to make sure Siri listens longer during a query. Another update also improves the fingerprint sensor.
Apple has struggled lately with its updates for its operating systems. Earlier this year, vulnerabilities to the encryptions for iOS and OS X devices were discovered and many in the security community have criticized the company for being too slow to issue a security patch.
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