Early this morning, about around 1 am, my iPhone 5S notified me for a new software update. I immediately went on and fired the update which was just about 268 MB on my phone. This isn’t really a major firmware update, but it actually made my phone’s performance better. Learn more about the changes with the new iOS 7.1 and view the screenshots of some of the UI changes after the break.
The update brings a couple of new features to compatible iOS devices, such as the new CarPlay feature. Previously known as iOS in the car, CarPlay let’s you integrate iOS with your car’s dashboard to control music, access maps and other third-party applications. That’s if of course you’re driving new select models of Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes Benz luxury cars.
The iOS 7.1 update also promises to fix random reboots experienced by some users. Personally, I’ve experienced this about more than 5 times already since I got my 5S just over a month ago. As for the camera, HDR is now automatically turned on by default on iPhone 5S devices. There are also a couple of UI tweaks.
First, the letters on the on-screen keyboard got noticeably a little thicker, while the Shift, Delete, Alternate Keys, Dictation and Return buttons are more distinct.
Ever since the introduction of iOS 7, Apple shifted to a more circular UI elements. Apple pushed it a little more further with the iOS 7.1, changing the then-rectangular-ish call buttons to circular ones, a change I am not really a big fan of. Don’t get me wrong, as the change does not really affect the over all UI or call experience, but it’s just a matter of personal preference. Maybe I just got used to bigger call buttons.
The same also goes for the power off area of the User Interface, a change in this case I find kind of cute.
Before the iOS 7.1 update, the overall performance of my iPhone 5S was fast and snappy compared to my old iPhone 4S. But now, opening apps got even faster and snappier. Actually, the same performance boost goes for my 2 year old iPhone 4S after updating to the latest iOS firmware.
The iOS 7.1 update is compatible to iPhone 4 models and later, iPad 2 models and later, as well as on the 5th generation iPod touch. To read the full change log, refer to the image below.
To manually update your compatible iOS device, just head to Settings > General and select Software Update. But before firing up the update, make sure you back up your device, just in case.