iOS 7.1 released with CarPlay support, enhanced Siri functionality, Touch ID improvements and more

Apple this afternoon finally pulled the wraps off of iOS 7.1, the first major update to iOS 7 since it was first released nearly six months ago.

Apple this afternoon finally pulled the wraps off of iOS 7.1, the first major update to iOS 7 since it was first released nearly six months ago. Highlighting the significance of the update, Apple even put up a separate page on its website touting the advantages of iOS 7.1.

Some of the more notable improvements and additions include:

  • The introduction of CarPlay
  • A new look and feel to iOS 7's phone interface
  • A more intuitive and helpful Calendar UI
  • Improved recognition for TouchID
  • Enhanced Siri controls

The update can be downloaded over the air by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

The full release notes for the update read as follows:

  • CarPlay

    • iOS experience designed for the car
    • Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
    • Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
    • Control with Siri and the car's touchscreen, knobs, and buttons
  • Siri

    • 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
    • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
  • iTunes Radio

    • Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
    • Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
    • Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free
  • Calendar

    • Option to display events in month view

      Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
  • Accessibility

    • Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
    • Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
    • New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
  • New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
  • iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
  • FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
  • Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
  • Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Improved performance for iPhone 4
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
  • Continued user interface refinements
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