Jailbroken users BEWARE! iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has been released to the public by Apple, and is circulating to the iOS users of the world as we speak. The newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system looks to bring a lot of bug fixes and usability improvements to the platform, including a sure fix to the “random reboot” problem that many users were experiencing before.

Visually, iOS 7 is the same new flat and layered interface we’re gradually getting used to (I actually look at iOS 6 and think it’s ugly now… so, yeah… that happened). That isn’t to say that some aesthetic changes aren’t available now. The beginning of what is sure to be a growing list of changes is the phone dialer and power-off features, which has all been switched to rounded UI elements along with the incoming call interfaces now featuring separate accept and decline buttons.

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iPhone Dialer in iOS 7.1. (Image source)

And, as shown by The Verge, the “remind me” and “message” options of the interfaces are floating, circular buttons as well. Along with those changes, the music app has a slight refresh, and you can now choose to disable wallpaper motion when selecting an image (which will certainly save you a little battery life, and I recommend doing so unless you’re in love with that smooth parallax effect).

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Incoming Call Changes in iOS 7.1. (Image source)

Adding to the feature changes for iOS, Apple has released the widely-talked about “CarPlay” feature, previously known as “iOS in the car” (a very un-Apple name). CarPlay is built around the usage of Siri voice commands and actions, aiming to provide an “eyes-free” driving experience when you’re using your phone in the car (eyes-free of the phone of course, not of the road. That’s obviously dangerous… at least until our cars drive themselves). Using CarPlay, users will now be able to dictate text messages, respond to incoming calls, and have full access to playing their music library in their cars – all without having to physically interact with their devices. This is (before the anti-Apple crowd steps in in the comments) obviously something that many other devices on other platforms could do already with accessories. The demonstration that Andy Kaufman gave us in “The OS” episode below proved that much at least. The iPhone has always lacked in terms of hands-free functionality in the car:

Siri has always had a problem, for me anyways, of cutting me off while I was trying to speak. Often times I’ll start speaking a command, and I’ll have to think of a way to word it in mid-sentence. I sometimes to this naturally when speaking anyways, but with Siri (unlike a human), you sorta have to keep your command continuous if you want them to get all the information. Happily, I’m pleased to announce that iOS 7.1 solves this problem as well, allowing you to keep holding the home button down during your Siri prompt if you want it to keep listening. In this way, you can now pause your speech for a moment, and then complete your command at the pace you need to.

Among these discussed changes above, the following changes are also true of iOS 7.1:

  • IF YOU ARE JAILBROKEN, AND WANT TO STAY THAT WAY – DO NOT UPDATE!
  • iOS 7.1 carries a build number of 11D169b.
  • The Camera app has a new “HDR Auto” feature
  • You can now use a “Dark keyboard” if you switch on this option in the accessibility settings in iOS.
  • You can now use a “Darken Colors” option in the Accessibility settings to increase the contrast of colors if you’d like.
  • The Photos and Camera tab in iOS has a new “Upload Burst Photos” option
  • Instead of saying ‘No Missed Notifications,’ Notification Center now just says ‘No Notifications’ when an alert is cleared
  • There is a new Yahoo logo in both Notification Center and the Weather app
  • You can now enable or disable bold text without restarting the device
  • A new dialogue appears when restarting iPhone 5s, which reads ‘Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts’
  • New iPad wallpapers
  • ‘Touch ID and Passcode’ has been bumped up to the main menu in iOS Settings
  • List view in the Calendar app has been redesigned
  • You can now enable button shapes
  • Animations and transitions are noticeably faster
  • iOS keyboard has new Shift/Backspace key highlights
  • The slide-to-power-off UI has been redesigned
  • Icons for Phone, Messages and FaceTime apps have less vibrant colors
  • Music apps has new Repeat and Shuffle buttons

There are sure to be other changes discovered as time goes on, but what you see above is the most notable (alongside all the bug fixes and such that Apple has released into it as well). Please note, again, that among the ‘fixes’ for iOS that are brought with iOS 7.1, a patch for the exploit used to jailbreak the software is among them. If you are jailbroken, DO NOT UPDATE TO THIS! We’ll be sure to update you all here at HotTips if we learn anything new and notable about iOS 7.1, but as it is right now… it really isn’t all that big of a deal.

That is all. Have a great day.

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