iOS 7.1 has been in beta for awhile now, but Apple has finally released the udpate. The new 7.1 is really the first major update since iOS 7 was introduced with the iPhone 5S in 2013, and there are a number of new features aside from the usual bug fixes such as a few new UI tweaks, CarPlay and apparently the random reboot problem some iOS 7 users have been complaining about, has now been fixed.
Some of the new UI tweaks include new slide buttons for the power off function as pictured above. Also the incoming call interface has been updated with the new rounded style. The other UI tweaks are pretty minor including a slight music app update with bolder repeat and shuffle icons and an updated , darker keyboard.
Aside from the UI tweaks, the random reboot issue has seemingly been fixed in this new update. This is a fix many have been waiting for so it should be great for those with the repeated random reboot problem. Also, some 5S users were complaining about Touch ID issues which this update apparently addresses, making finger recognition a bit faster and more efficient. Also the brand name “Touch ID” has now been included in the new message after restarting.. “Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts”, rather than “Passcode required after restart”.
Other users still on iPhone 4’s and iPad 2’s will be happy to hear this update optimizes their systems resources much better than iOS7 did. Reports of faster use on iPhone 4 are becoming the norm so it looks like better performance for both devices has been proven for 7.1.
iOS 7.1 also includes support for Apples newer CarPlay feature, which was previously know as “airplay in the car”. For now though only users with higher end cars such as Mercedes Benz, Ferrari and Volvo will be able to actually use the feature. The last notable change are updates to the notification center UI, making it easier to update your notifications.
Overall the changes that iOS 7.1 brings are small in comparison to the jump that iOS 7 brought, but all seem to be good improvements that will optimize the overall user experience.