The new iOS 7.1, a much-anticipated update to Apple's iOS 7
, could be released as early as next week, according to sources.
John Gruber, who hosts the technology blog DaringFireBall.net
and is a frequent Apple pundit, predicted on Tuesday that Apple would be releasing the iOS 7.1 update next Tuesday in conjunction with a Texas iTunes festival.
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"Apple's first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin," Gruber wrote on his blog. "Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I've heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn't out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now."
Apple released the test version, or beta version, of the iOS 7.1 update in November
The tech websites 9to5Mac.com
also reported that iOS 7.1 would be released in the coming days, citing sources close to the company.
The iOS 7.1 update will include performance enhancements and a number of bug fixes from user-interface tweaks in the Phone app to overall speed improvements, 9to5Mac.com reported.
In addition, the update will also fix iPhone crashes, Safari crashes, and improve the iOS keyboard, GottaBeMobile.com reported
As of Feb. 9, AppleInsider.com reported that 82 percent of Apple users were using devices with iOS 7 operating system.
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iOS 7 was released last September and initially encountered rollout issues due to the amount of people who immediately downloaded the new system upon its release
. The issues were eventually resolved by Apple.
iOS 7 was the first fully revamped operating system update since Steve Jobs' passing in 2011. It featured a totally new look and feel, complete with more easily accessible control and navigation centers, new features like iTunes Radio and AirDrop, and an improved and optimized camera.
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