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iOS 7.1 Unveiled: Here's What's New (And Why You Should Upgrade Right Now)

11/03/2014 10:56 GMT | Updated 11/03/2014 10:59 GMT

Apple has released iOS 7.1, a major update for its mobile operating system.

Available for iPad and iPhone, the update brings new features, graphical changes, compatibility with the new 'CarPlay' in-car entertainment system and bug fixes.

It's a big update, and given the security implications a pretty critical one for most users.

Above is a summary of the major changes, but here are the things you really need to know:

  • Support for CarPlay, including Siri and Maps
  • Siri gains new features - it will now wait for you to release the home button before processing the input rather than just judging when you've paused regardless
  • Camera has a new auto-HDR setting
  • New features for iTunes Radio, Calendar
  • Improved TouchID fingerprint recognition for iPhone 5S
  • Fix for random reboot issue

Here's a full list:

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