The first major update since its official launch last September, the new iOS 7.1 mobile operating system from Apple is full of new features and fixes, some of which are quite noticeable like the new “rounded” icons for Power On/Off and Cancel during start-up, Decline and Accept buttons while receiving a phone call. With a goal to be more precise in notification, Apple programmers revised nearly all aspects of the iOS 7.1 to be “cleaner” visually, with bold fonts and a more robust design. For iPhone 5S users, the HDR function of the camera is now automatically on for better image quality. Users can also manually control the session with Siri by pressing down the Home Button to speak and ending it when letting go. The update will enable the older iOS devices, like the iPhone 4, to operate faster as well. But the most important upgrade would be the addition of the Apple CarPlay, one that transforms your car’s infotainment console into a large iOS device. For those with iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, you can have a seamless access to your messages, music, map and directions, even have Siri read back your emails and help you pen a reply, on CarPlay enable vehicles. Five automakers, including Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, are making the Apple CarPlay option available on their 2014 models. In addition, thirteen other automakers have signed onto the program recently.
Completely free to install, simply tap the Setting icon on your iOS devices for the update.