Apples biggest update to iOS in quite a while has arrived, and is available for you to install right now.
After a host of security updates and other minor bugfixes, Apple is ready to update iOS 7 with its first major batch of new or updated features. The update hits devices today with practically zero excitement or revelry, which is odd considering all the goodies that have been packed inside it. This update includes the recently unveiled CarPlay features, as well as updates to Siri, iTunes Radio, Accessibility features, and performance improvements for Touch ID, the iPhone 5S camera, and an overall boost for the iPhone 4.
- CarPlay iOS in-car experience ships with iOS 7.1.
- Siri New more, natural sounding voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
- iTunes Radio Search field above Featured Stations, Buy albums with a tap from Now Playing, Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
- Calendar Option to display events in month view, Country-specific holidays
- Accessibility Bold font option for keyboard, calculator, and icons
- iPhone 5S HDR can be automatically enabled
- iCloud keychain gets support in more countries
- FaceTime notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
- Home screen crashing bug was fixed
- Improved Touch ID
- Improved iPhone 4 performance
- UI refinements
- Mail app badge will now go above 10,000
While it will be quite some time before most of us are taking advantage of CarPlay, the autoHDR mode on the iPhone 5S camera will be a welcomed addition to an already great camera app. The added Siri functionality plays right in to the CarPlay features as well, but Apple right by making it available through the rest of Siris capabilities. Touch ID gaining a performance boost will be a big deal for those who use it regularly, though its unlikely to have made the feature any more or less secure against forged fingerprints.
Overall it looks like a solid update, and if youre ready to install you can head to the Software Updates section of the Settings menu on your device. You should see iOS 7.1 already there for you to install, and the installation should only take a couple of minutes depending on your internet connection.