Apple releases iOS 7.1 with performance enhancements, UI tweaks, CarPlay and more

Apple today released iOS 7.1, the first major update to iOS 7, with bug fixes, UI tweaks and CarPlay. The update has been available to developers since November last year, suggesting Apple has put considerable time and effort into this upgrade and to smooth out a variety of issues that users have complained about since iOS 7's release.

The update's interface tweaks include a new shutdown slider as well as faster animations throughout the system, which speeds up the launching of apps and multitasking. There are also new accessibility options that include outlined buttons and reduced animations, according to Apple's release notes.

CarPlay is a feature that allows iPhone users to use their car's dashboard display with iOS and is now available on select cars; Apple rebranded this feature earlier this month and demonstrated it at the Geneva motor show.

CarPlay also integrates Siri, Apple's voice assistant, which has had significant upgrades in iOS 7.1 including a new way to manually control when Siri listens - this is useful in noisy places where Siri may not be able to distinguish between your voice and background noise. There are more natural-sounding voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English and Japanese, which make the service far more appealing.

The Music and Calendar apps have been updated too and an option to buy a song from the now playing screen when listening to iTunes Radio was added with the update.

A variety of bugs have been fixed and performance improvements on the iPhone 4 will surely be met with much acclaim. Apple also notes that bugs that previously caused regular home screen crashes have been squashed - something that has annoyed thousands of users over the past few months.

We now expect Apple to be in full swing in iOS 8's development which will likely be announced in June at WWDC.

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Na. Stay away! Never gonna update. Last time I updated to 7.0 I was STUCK with it. until JB came out. I don't think this would happen anytime soon for 7.1.

Just personal preference but not overly keen on the 'Slide to unlock' or 'Slide to power off' look and feel - a bit cheap/90s looking and not very 'Apple' IMHO.

wotsit said,
Just personal preference but not overly keen on the 'Slide to unlock' or 'Slide to power off' look and feel - a bit cheap/90s looking and not very 'Apple' IMHO.

Please substantiate such claims.

wotsit said,
Just personal preference but not overly keen on the 'Slide to unlock' or 'Slide to power off' look and feel - a bit cheap/90s looking and not very 'Apple' IMHO.

Yeah, they appear more, "harsh," to me.

I can't comment on crashing because I haven't used it long enough but the UI seems very noticeably faster and smoother. The other little graphical changes on the keyboard, phone UI, are nice too.

My iPad 3 on iOS 7.0 was in "special" mode (i.e., really really awkward and slow). Totally feels like a new iPad on 7.1. iOS 7.0 was def. rushed, but glad Apple sorted it out with this update!

I'm noticing a drastic improvement in performance on my iPhone 5s. Everything internet based loads data faster. Not only Safari, but Facebook too per example. Relieved they increased animation speed. It's the only thing that really bothered me about iOS 7.

.Neo said,
I'm noticing a drastic improvement in performance on my iPhone 5s. Everything internet based loads data faster. Not only Safari, but Facebook too per example. Relieved they increased animation speed. It's the only thing that really bothered me about iOS 7.

The modem firmware was upgraded from 1.03.02 to 2.18.02 and the carrier settings was upgraded to 16.0 which might have contributed to the speed improvements.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

The modem firmware was upgraded from 1.03.02 to 2.18.02 and the carrier settings was upgraded to 16.0 which might have contributed to the speed improvements.


That's what I figured too. Nice!

.Neo said,
That's what I figured too. Nice!

The signal strength also seems pretty good and the battery life improved after some heavy usage of mobile data at work. I guess with more day to day use I might uncover more improvements. The signal has improved when it comes to 3G (where I live the carrier I'm with uses 850Mhz with only a few 2100mhz for capacity with 4G sitting on 1800mhz.

stupid question but google didn't help much with this - is itunes radio available in canada yet? i'm seeing reference to it (radio playlist, etc) but i don't see the actual button for it in itunes. i have the itunes match subscription.

BBinder said,
bet they still haven't fixed daylight savings bug

lol, probably not. For some reason, I've never had issues with my Alarm and this whole DST bug... not sure why my iOS devices are unaffected.... must be a limited number of users.

WiFi is still broken on iphone 4S. F Apple. My next phone will be an Android. This is akin to buying a car, and taking it in for maintenance several years later, after newer models are released, and having the manufacturer tell you you're SOL and need to buy the newest model.

fluxcapacitor said,
WiFi is still broken on iphone 4S. F Apple. My next phone will be an Android. This is akin to buying a car, and taking it in for maintenance several years later, after newer models are released, and having the manufacturer tell you you're SOL and need to buy the newest model.

Sounds like a straight up hardware problem to me. Apple devices are known to be "finicky" on some wifi router configurations. Have you tried a public WiFi hotspot to see if your problem persists outside of your home network? If you start a thread in the iOS sub-forum, I'm sure some of us here can help you troubleshoot further.

It's a 4S that no longer has warranty coverage. My experience in Apple stores is that unless your an attractive female, they're going to attempt to charge for Out Of Warranty service. Like $199 or something ridiculous. Shouldn't have to and won't pay that just to get my phone to do what it's supposed to.
This wifi issue is pretty well documented all over the net for 4S's. It's a bug in iOS 7. Wifi has not worked correctly since iOS7 came out. It will occasionally grab my home wifi (or any other for that matter...public spots included) but as soon as I try to browse the web or download anything....it drops off wifi and can't see any networks. Mind numbingly frustrating for a $400 phone.

fluxcapacitor said,
It's a 4S that no longer has warranty coverage. My experience in Apple stores is that unless your an attractive female, they're going to attempt to charge for Out Of Warranty service. Like $199 or something ridiculous. Shouldn't have to and won't pay that just to get my phone to do what it's supposed to.
This wifi issue is pretty well documented all over the net for 4S's. It's a bug in iOS 7. Wifi has not worked correctly since iOS7 came out. It will occasionally grab my home wifi (or any other for that matter...public spots included) but as soon as I try to browse the web or download anything....it drops off wifi and can't see any networks. Mind numbingly frustrating for a $400 phone.

As an Android user myself, be careful what you choose to buy if you do buy into Android. (hint: nothing less than the latest phones; support sucks balls if you try to get one that's only a year old already...)

But why did this hardware issue not show up until iOS 7? Prior to that my wifi and phone were perfect. I've also noticed other weird behavior since installing 7 like the podcast app not updating correctly (sometimes I have to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to my podcasts to get current episodes) and the battery indicator is super inaccurate sometimes too. It will be charging and not update the battery %. When I woke up tonight my phone said 51% charged and had been plugged in for 5 hours, gave it a reboot and boom then it said 100%. WTF. I never had a single issue before iOS 7. This is why I can't help but feel Apple is shafting the consumer in a super blantant and chicken-S manner.

fluxcapacitor said,
But why did this hardware issue not show up until iOS 7? Prior to that my wifi and phone were perfect. I've also noticed other weird behavior since installing 7 like the podcast app not updating correctly (sometimes I have to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to my podcasts to get current episodes) and the battery indicator is super inaccurate sometimes too. It will be charging and not update the battery %. When I woke up tonight my phone said 51% charged and had been plugged in for 5 hours, gave it a reboot and boom then it said 100%. WTF. I never had a single issue before iOS 7. This is why I can't help but feel Apple is shafting the consumer in a super blantant and chicken-S manner.

If you want tech support, the forums are a better place for that. I'm not sure that is what you want. What do you want exactly? To complain? Well, then I guess you came to the right spot for that.

@fluxcapacitor
I have had an older iPhone replaced on the spot for less. Considering your level of frustration I expect that Apple will swap it for you and I think you should try or try again.

fluxcapacitor said,
But why did this hardware issue not show up until iOS 7? Prior to that my wifi and phone were perfect. I've also noticed other weird behavior since installing 7 like the podcast app not updating correctly (sometimes I have to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to my podcasts to get current episodes) and the battery indicator is super inaccurate sometimes too. It will be charging and not update the battery %. When I woke up tonight my phone said 51% charged and had been plugged in for 5 hours, gave it a reboot and boom then it said 100%. WTF. I never had a single issue before iOS 7. This is why I can't help but feel Apple is shafting the consumer in a super blantant and chicken-S manner.

Pretty much in agreement with Shadrack here. I had an Android update that caused my phone to randomly turn off. In fact, it still does it but I've at least reduced the frequency from every day to once every month or two.

Personally, if you've never had a single issue before the update and THIS is the one thing that's causing you to harp on about how Apple is the devil, then I dunno what to tell you man. I've had so many Android issues over the course of time that I'm pretty sure your head would've asploded by now.

.Neo said,

Sure, but iOS doesn't run on Lumias.

It does on mine. I got a special one off ebay...

What I mean is WP8 lets you use either a white or black background and the black one looks better to me and is easier on the eye than white.

If you invert the colours in Accessibility it'll give an idea of how it could look.

Co_Co said,
how does the reduce whitepoint look?

Via screenshots it looks exactly the same. It appears to knock down the brightness level by a bit (or perhaps gamma level).

The color inversion options in iOS at the very least set the background to black, but it still looks nothing like a true white-on-black option. I agree that it might be nice to have, but I guess Apple feels it doesn't provide a true accessibility benefit and that's why it's not there...

The notification center font is different, it's much larger now. I don't like that and changing the font size in accessibility does not affect it. I think a few of the icons have a slight 3d effect now too (messages, facetime) whereas others still remain flat. They could have always been that way though, I never paid much attention to them

Yeah I noticed that this morning and I don't like it. Everything else on the phone has small text and the notification are looks huge in comparison. Shame you can't change it.

I really hoped they fixed the performance issues. On my iPhone 4 its very slow. The delay in the animations was really slow and their is no way to set the speed of them unless you jailbreak. On a device so old (iPhone 4), jailbreaking makes it even more painful to use. I am tired of jailbreaking even though now its a one click process.

Would be a huge plus if they offered a way to go back to the classic iPhone UI.

Edited by Hi_XPecTa_Chens, Mar 10 2014, 8:30pm :

It's supposedly somewhat better for iPhone 4 but no speed demon.

If the animation delays bothered you a lot, that's good news though, because that's one of the main improvements here.

iPhone 5 and 5S downloaded and installed in under 10 minutes. Seems like everything is running smoother... Gotta try it on my rMini when I get home.

Looking forward to reading all those "release ntoes" about the "recuded animations". Looks like a new Apple invention!

"The Music and Calendar apps have been updated too and an option TO BUY a song from THE NOW PLAYING SCREEN when listening to iTunes Radio was added with the update."

Ohh wow, after a 700$ purchase I get options to buy even more.

boumboqc said,
"The Music and Calendar apps have been updated too and an option TO BUY a song from THE NOW PLAYING SCREEN when listening to iTunes Radio was added with the update."

Ohh wow, after a 700$ purchase I get options to buy even more.

Uhhh... key word is "option". Nobody has a gun to your head. Calm down...

iTunes radio is all about discovery, and is free. If you want the song, you can add it to your wish list, or buy it. No-one is forcing you.

boumboqc said,
"The Music and Calendar apps have been updated too and an option TO BUY a song from THE NOW PLAYING SCREEN when listening to iTunes Radio was added with the update."

Ohh wow, after a 700$ purchase I get options to buy even more.


I paid my 920 $700 as well and I have the option to buy music as well, I do not see anything different.

boumboqc said,
"The Music and Calendar apps have been updated too and an option TO BUY a song from THE NOW PLAYING SCREEN when listening to iTunes Radio was added with the update."

Ohh wow, after a 700$ purchase I get options to buy even more.

I spent £1,500 on my car and the dashboard lights up when I'm low on fuel, telling me I need to buy more. Those money grabbing sons of b***hes!

boumboqc said,
"The Music and Calendar apps have been updated too and an option TO BUY a song from THE NOW PLAYING SCREEN when listening to iTunes Radio was added with the update."

Ohh wow, after a 700$ purchase I get options to buy even more.


It would be kind of annoying if the iPhone refused to let you pay to get anything just because you paid $700 for the phone.

"Sorry, nope, you can't rent this movie from iTunes because you already paid for your phone."

boumboqc said,
"Ohh wow, after a 700$ purchase I get options to buy even more.

So just because you paid a lot for your phone you think you shouldn't have to pay for music?

Ronnet said,
I'm starting to like iOS again since iOS7. Look forward to comparing it to WP8.1 on my Lumia 920.

My wife has an iPhone 4S and while I overall prefer my Lumia the changes brought by IOS7 have improved my feelings toward it. It is not only better visually but she mentioned that its functionalities have improved as well; she is waiting for the, supposedly coming soon, new model with a bigger screen to replace the existing one and while I am not planning a switch, not right now at least, I do not deny that it is something worth considering.

When I left iOS I really didn't like it. Android was a much better option. But Apple seems to have consolidated the experience. This is something Microsoft still has to do. WP8.1 probably won't do that. If anything it will the opposite. But I'm really expecting WP9 to consolidate the experience. If not then I will consider other options.

ZipZapRap said,

What does that even mean?????

It means that after you keep adding and adding functionality to the OS you stop and rethink the overall design. By adding functions the careful balance of the original design might be lost. So you rethink the way the OS should work based on all that it has to offer.

For example on Windows Phone a lot of features got added in some distant settingmenu or as an app. Some of these might be better if integrated in the UI itself. And the startscreen design was altered without changing other menus. And now they're adding a action centre on top of the existing UI. My hope is that with WP9 they'll look at the feature-set of WP9 and acknowledge how its fastly different from that of WP7. And thus reminagine the UI to better fit all these features.

This is a very nice update, glad to see performance optimizations. I like it when a OS update has lots of under the hood updates.