Apple releases first major iOS 7 update

Apple has just released iOS 7.1, its first major update to iOS 7 that was initially released in September 2013. 

The update improves the accuracy of the fingerprint sensor on iPhone 5S devices, which occasionally had issues recognizing fingerprints, performance and speed improvements for the iPhone 4 and repairs a bug that caused the home screen to crash. For iPhone camera users (right here!), the camera on the iPhone 5S will now automatically detect scenes it thinks can benefit from HDR and turn it on for you.

You may now also hold down the Home button to use SIRI and let go when you are done using it. Prior to the update, you have to wait for SIRI to detect that you are done talking. Male and female Siri voices have been updated to sound more natural in Mandarin, Japanese and UK and Australian English.

The big new feature launched is CarPlay which lets drivers control features like navigation, the phone, music and messages using Siri voice control, an in-car touchscreen display, and the usual buttons and knobs built into applicable cars. This feature is only being rolled-out, however, to a limited number of new Volvo, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz cars.

iOS 7.1 is available for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; the iPad 2, both Retina iPads, both iPad minis, and the iPad Air; and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

The update may be a little big to download on a mobile connection but it  took less than 20 minutes over my GLOBE DSL Wifi.

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