Apple Releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with Bug Fixes and Visual Tweaks


After five beta versions to developers, the last coming on February 4. Apple today released iOS 7.1 to the public (build number: 11D167), marking the first major update to iOS 7 since its September release.

According to the release notes, iOS 7.1 includes a number of improvements and bug fixes. among them much-needed improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system built-in to the iPhone 5s, an update for a home screen crashing issue, and iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance.

Apple has launched a new website page that shows off some of the additions to iOS 7.1., with a focus on CarPlay feature, which was first unveiled by Apple last week.


In addition to bug fixes the update includes multiple visual tweaks, such as Messages apps, Reduce Motion, iCloud Keychain, revamped shift and caps locks keys on the keyboard, face Time, and a redesign for several aspects of the Phone dialer and shutdown screen.

There are many minor improvements to enhance the performance of the operating system have also been bundled into the update such as Accessibility included new options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point, new Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s, a new event list view within the Calendar app, new bounce animations in Control Center, and more prominent buttons in the Music app. Full release notes are as follows:

CarPlay
– iOS experience designed for the car
– Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
– Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
– Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons

Siri
– Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
– New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese

iTunes Radio
– Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
– Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
– Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free

Calendar
– Option to display events in month view
– Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries

Accessibility
– Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
– Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
– New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point

Other
– New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
– iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
– FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
– Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
– Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
– Improved performance for iPhone 4
– Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
– Continued user interface refinements

iOS 7.1 officially disables the evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak, patching key kernel exploits.


If the iOS 7.1 is not available over the air, you can update your device manually, via the software update tool in the settings menu on iOS devices. Users on devices upgrading from iOS 7.0.6 are seeing file sizes of approximately 268 MB, while those upgrading from a beta are seeing larger downloads of 1.3-1.4 GB.

Here are the direct download links for iOS 7.1:

iPad:


iPad Air (Model A1474)
iPad Air (Model A1475)
iPad mini (Model A1489)
iPad mini (Model A1490)
iPad (4th generation Model A1458)
iPad (4th generation Model A1459)
iPad (4th generation Model A1460)
iPad mini (Model A1432)
iPad mini (Model A1454)
iPad mini (Model A1455)
iPad Wi-Fi 3rd generation
iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi
iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)

iPhone:

Video: A Handy Overview on What’s New in iOS 7.1

 Apple today released iOS 7.1 that includes improvement and bug fixes, especially a fix that improves the reliability of Touch ID, and a fix for a bug that caused crashes to the home screen. the iOS 7.1 also contains several notable features, like support for CarPlay which was first unveiled by Apple last week.

In addition to those major enhancements, iOS 7.1 also includes multiple visual tweaks and improvements to the operating system, such as revamped shift and caps locks keys on the keyboard, refined icons for the Phone, FaceTime, Messages apps, and a new look for elements of the iPhone app.


A video from YouTube channel iTwe4kz shows off all of the new features that iOS 7.1 has to offer. It has a detailed walkthrough of all the visual changes and enhancements, which is well worth watching for users who want a quick guide on what’s new.



All changes that have occurred on the operating system were detailed in initial post on iOS 7.1, which has a list of release notes directly from Apple.

iOS 7.1 officially disables the iOS 7 evasi0n jailbreak by patching a key kernel exploit. iOS 7.1 is now available for all users via an over-the-air-update.



Source: iTwe4kz via MacRumors

Rumor: Apple’s Larger iPhone Design Could Be Inspired by iPhone 5c and iPod Nano


Sources indicate that the larger iPhone would be an expansion to Apple’s lineup rather than replacing the positions currently held by the iPhone 5s and 5c, that according to new report from Mac Otakara. While earlier rumors claimed that the expected larger iPhone will be a variation on the iPhone 5c rather than the iPhone 5s.

In keeping to earlier report published last year by Reuters, Mac Otakara claims according to their sources, that Apple has decided on 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch displays as potential candidates for its next-generation iPhone models that would launch later this year.
iPhone 5c with curved edges

This larger iPhone model could come with curved edges and pill shaped volume buttons like the iPhone 5c, and will take some inspiration from the seventh-generation iPod nano. The latest iPod nano models are available in a range of colors like the iPhone 5c, but with smooth anodized aluminum design instead of polycarbonate.

iPod nano’s smooth anodized aluminum design

The report also claims that the 4.7-inch iPhone will measure at 14×7 cm, while the 5.7-inch model will measure at 16×8 cm (iPhone 5s measures 12.38×5.86 cm). And possibly both models will be 7mm thick, which would mean that the rear camera will be protruding out like the 5th generation iPod touch, although it the report indicates that the final version of the phone could be expanded to 7.5 mm thick to match the thickness of the camera module.


Mac Otakara has a reasonably strong rumor track record, last year, the site’s sources revealed the 2013 iPhone lineup would come in a new range of colors, it was also the first to claim that the iPhone 5s would feature a dual LED flash for more natural looking photos, and correctly predicting the designs for the fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano.




Data source: Mac Otakara via MacRumors

Maps in iOS 8 Will Include Public Transit Directions and other Features

Mockup of iOS 8’s transit feature


Maps application in the next major update of iPhone’s (iPad,iPod) operating system iOS 8 may will be come with more functionality, reality, and smoothly. A report from 9to5Mac claimed that Apple is preparing to improve its Maps app, focusing more on the underlying infrastructure instead on the user interface.

Last year with iOS 7, Apple re-architected the app’s interface to fit the bright, translucent style of Jony Ive’s take on mobile operating system design.

But while the interface for Maps was redesigned last year, Apple’s focus for 2014 is under-the-hood changes.

The first appear of Apple’s Maps was in late 2012 alongside iOS 6, after Apple was relying on Google’s Maps. but the beginning it wasn’t successful.

..the software was riddled with bugs, unreliable data, and lacked many of the critical mobile mapping features found in the Google Maps app. Scott Forstall, the long time confidant of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was in charge of the Apple mapping effort and was ousted for declining to apologize for the product’s shortcomings. Soon after Forstall, iOS engineering executive Richard Williamson was pushed out of Apple for his involvement in the app’s development.

After these failures and its resulting, Apple shaken the dust off itself with a set of procedures, like the extended of engineering work and acquisitions of several mapping companies such BroadMap, Embark, and Hopstop. According to the report’s sources Apple’s database for iOS Maps will be upgraded with enhanced data so it is more reliable. 

The new application will also be injected with new points of interests and new labels to make places such as airports, parks, train stations, bus stops, highways, and freeways easier to find, the sources added. Sources also say that the mapping application’s cartography design has been tweaked to be slightly cleaner and to make streets more visible.

Apple will bering to the iOS 8 version of Maps a new important feature: public transit directions.

Transit directions allow a person to use an iPhone to travel from one destination to another via public transportation. iOS 8 Maps will be able to tap into train, subway, and bus data and provide enhanced directions to major airports. The functionality will exist in major cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and will expand to other locations across the United States and potentially other countries across the world around the public launch of iOS 8.

These changes are only the beginning of Apple’s proposed plans for its Maps application, as the company is reportedly also working to add indoor mapping views, improved car integration, and also begun work on augmented reality functionality that leverages the iPhone’s compass hardware to visually see nearby points of interest.


An earlier report claimed that iOS 8 planed to included in addition to the new mapping software an application related with health and fitness called Healthbook.


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Data source: 9To5Mac via MacRumors

iPhone 6 Will Feature Temperature, Pressure and Humidity Sensors, Rumors Expected some Specs (389 ppi UR Display, 27% thinner, 2.6GHz A8 Chip)


The next iPhone may add a pressure, temperature and humidity sensor, that reported by Electronics analyst Sun Chang Xu on her Weibo account.

G for Games relayed the report and indicates that the intended of ”pressure” is certainly atmospheric, not blood pressure:

According to Sun Chang Xu (news chief analyst at ESM-China), sources close to the matter have revealed that Apple will catch up in the “sensors department”, as the iPhone 6 will feature pressure, temperature and humidity sensors. Please note that the analyst is probably not referring to blood pressure (this feature is rumored to be implemented in Apple’s iWatch) but to atmospheric pressure.

iWatch rumored Apple’s wearable device predicted to be include “optical sensors” to measure heart rate and oxygen levels according to previous report from the same analyst source. Android based smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 come with such sensors.

These reports and analysis are in line with Apple’s recent steps, where it has been aggressively hiring individuals in the area of health sensors, and also at the level of overall health and fitness.

The new sensors could be used by the Healthbook app that is expected to come bundled with iOS 8. A new report from 9to5Mac offers a look at what users can expect from the app as well as a few renderings of the app said to be recreated from actual screenshots.

Each category of functionality is a card in the Healthbook. Cards are distinguished by a color, and the tabs can be arranged to fit user preferences. As can be seen in the above images, Healthbook has sections that can track data pertaining to bloodwork, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and weight.

 Source: via MacRumors


In the beginning of this week a set of blogs and websites for Apple’s fans published a new specs of iPhone 6 that relying to Sonny Dickson’s tweets, Australian-based blogger, who had leaked parts of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air before it was launched last year.


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He claimed that iPhone 6 will be 0.22 inches (5.59 mm) thick, compared to iPhone 5s, which is 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) thick. It would make the iPhone 6, almost 26% thinner than its predecessor.

He claimed that iPhone 6 will come with an Ultra-Retina screen with 389 pixels per inch. iPhone 5s’ Retina Display is 326 ppi. He Also claimed that iPhone 6 will be powered by Apple A8 processor, it will run at 2.6 GHz, which would make it mutch more faster than iPhone 5s’ 1.3GHz A7 chip. And He does end by saying that “these specs could be the real thing”.


Source: Sony Dickson