iOS 7.1 to ship any day now, says Gruber

In-the-know blogger John Gruber relays that iOS 7.1 may within the next week.

Apple sure is taking its sweet time in releasing iOS 7.1, but a new tidbit from the well-connected John Gruber reveals that iOS 7.1 may be available for download before you know it.

Apple’s first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. 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.

Thus far, Apple has already released five iOS 7.1 betas, so we have an inkling as to what to expect. In addition to the usual assortment of bug fixes, be on the lookout for a slightly revamped keyboard, slightly tweaked icons, and new icons on the incoming call and dialer screen.

Furthermore, AppleInsider issued a report last week claiming that iOS 7.1 may include a new Touch ID fix to account for a "fade" issue experienced by some users.

While initial reviews of Touch ID generally praised the "single touch" system for being easy to set up and consistently accurate, a number of users have reported what is being called "AuthenTec Fade," or intermittent recognition failures that begin to occur months after first configuring one's prints.

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