Apple iOS 7.1: Features, Fixes and Improvements

After a long development period and five different beta versions released in advance, the iOS 7.1 has been finally released yesterday. Even though this is not a big update, there is still a few changes and improvements that are worth to be noted.

In what concerns the iOS 7, when it was first released, the update was not received very well, especially since it brought numerous changes and improvements. As a matter of fact, some of these changes were downright despised. Along with this recent update, Apple tried to modify some of these bugs and tweak various areas of the iOS that were considered to be unnecessary. This new release should offer a more rounded experience to those of you who already updated to iOS 7.


Within this article, I want to show you a couple of the most notable changes in what concerns the visual aspect, the overall appearance, and the UI. Besides these changes and improvements, the iOS 7.1 also brought CarPlay compatibility, natural surrounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, Australian and British English, and Japanese for Siri, as well as increased accessibility through various buttons and options.

UI Changes

The way in which user interact was revealed by the iOS 7 first and now by the iOS 7.1 update, it was completely changed, especially the way in which the user interacts with it. The new iOS 7.1 brings added multitasking gestures, with more swiping gestures for moving between menus, new panning effects, and new zooming options.

The whole idea behind this issue was to give iOS 7 a feeling of depth while most people regarded this aspect as turning the device slow. In fact, some users considered the iOS 7 to be a little bit labored and relatively slow. This problem was somehow solved within the iOS 7.1, which feels much smoother, faster, and less, due to the fact that most of the animations were removed or trimmed.

Rounded Aspect

As some of you already noticed, part of the iOS 7 features made the device seem more round while many visual elements were modified in the same manner. The cellular reception strength indicators are the first example of this thing. However, with the iOS 7.1, this trend was actually moved to the extreme, especially for those who enjoyed a square button.

Now, the “slide to answer” option will be a case of sliding a round “answer” button rather than tapping on the big rectangular button. In the same time, the “Slide to power off” slider is not bright red while the circular cancel button will be presented at the bottom of the screen in white. Now, everything is actually rounder. Even the big rectangular “call” button was replaced with a circular button instead.

It is worth mentioning the fact that the keyboard buttons were also changed. Now, the buttons are more bold in their appearance, changing the overall aspect. However, if you get bored with the gray color, you now no longer have the possibility to change the keyboard color, as you want, since Apple has decided to remove this option.


HDR Auto Feature

For those of you who are planning to become professional iPhoneographers, the iOS 7.1 surely brings support. Apple has improved the camera app with an improved HDR feature. In fact, once users will select “HDR Auto”, the app will automatically choose to use HDR only when it will consider being of benefit. This means that the app will choose when you will take an HDR picture, and you will no longer have to switch it off an on. Regarding this feature, it is worth mentioning the fact that it is available only for the iPhone 5S.

FaceTime Notifications

I am sure that some of you will definitely enjoy this small change. With the iOS 7.1 updates, answering a FaceTime call on one device will automatically clear the call notification on all other devices that the account is linked to. I know that it does not seem too important, but, for those who use FaceTime on a regular basis, I am sure that you will find it useful.

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Other UI Tweaks

The Control Center has also been changed. Now, the slide up gesture feels more polished and comes with a new bounce animation, which will not take that long to end. Moreover, the new improved Control Center will show which app is playing music, which can turn out to be useful especially if you listen music constantly.

And speaking of music, the Music app has received a new facelift. Basically, when you open the Now Playing screen, the Repeat Song and Shuffle button will definitely look more bold and prominent than before. Along with the Music App, the iTunes Radio has received a new “New” button. The “Choose Filter” of the Photos app has received a new facelift as well, which is more than noticeable.

The calendar feature is now a lot more useful since Apple has introduced country-specific holidays directly into the calendar, so users know exactly when they have a free day from work. Moreover, each event is now displayed more prominently for you to quickly spot it.

I know that this is not a big iOS release, but it surely brings multiple and interesting features and options. If you are interested in checking out all of these great features and improvements, feel free to download iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. However, go along with the update only if you do not rely on a jailbreak. As you may expect, the Evasi0n7 for iOS 7.1 was completely patched.

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