As expected, Apple has released the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch in September last year. iOS 7.1 brings in a host of UI tweaks, new features like CarPlay and bug fixes.
The first thing that you are likely to notice is the subtle changes to the user interface with Apple opting for more rounded UI elements. The phone dialer gets a tweak along with new accept and decline buttons for incoming calls. The Music player too gets new buttons for shuffle and repeat functions. The keyboard too gets a tweak with delete and shift keys now more prominent than before.
One of the biggest features to be included is CarPlay, which integrates ones iOS device with the cars infotainment system and lets one use it hands-free. The camera on the iPhone 5S gets an option to switch on HDR by default. Users can also select if they need parallax effect when selecting new custom wallpaper.
In addition to all the above, there are also quite a few improvements and bug fixes, chief among which is the fix for the random reboots and Touch ID recognition issues.
iOS device owners with an iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad (third and fourth generations), iPad 2, and iPad touch (fifth generation) can download the iOS 7.1 update over the air (OTA) or using iTunes.