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iOS 7.1 arrives on iPhones and iPads with Carplay, Touch ID improvements

But you'll need 2GB of free space
Mon Mar 10 2014, 18:53
Apple iPhone 5C with iOS 7 Copyright Apple

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple released iOS 7.1 to iPhone and iPad users on Monday, a fairly hefty update that delivers features such as Carplay and Touch ID improvements.

The update, which requires 1.9GB of free space to download, arrived in early March as expected, and is the largest update iOS 7 has seen since it debuted last September.

While some users reported issues while downloading the update, The INQUIRER managed to download it shortly after it was released without any noticeable hiccups.

Among the updates is support for Carplay, a feature that Apple announced last week that allows iPhone users who own a compatible vehicle to hook up their handset to the dashboard. This will allow users to access apps such as Messages, Music and Phone. There isn't support for third-party apps yet, although Spotify and Pandora can be accessed.

Users of the iPhone 5S will be pleased to hear that iOS 7.1 also delivers updates for the Touch ID sensor, with Apple saying that it improves fingerprint recognition.

iOS 7.1 also delivers updates to Siri, with Apple boasting that once the update is installed users can "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". The update also gives Siri some "more natural speaking" voices for English, Chinese and Japanese users.

Some reports have said that the update has also brought iRadio to some users' phones in the UK, but this is still to be confirmed. For those who do have iRadio, iOS 7.1 adds a new Search field, the ability to buy albums with the tap of a button from the Now Playing screen, and the ability to subscribe to iTunes Match from an iPhone or iPad.

Other tweaks include a return to month view in the Calendar app, the ability to auto-enable HDR mode on the iPhone 5S, stablilty improvements for the iPhone 4, and user interface enhancements.

iOS 7.1 can be downloaded by going to Settings > General > Software Update on an iPhone, iPad or iPod. That is, if you have almost 2GB of storage knocking about unused. µ

 

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