This free iOS update is the first major update to iOS 7.0, Apple's new operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. This update is a hefty 200 MB and includes lots of improvements and bug squashing.
One of the improvements iOS 7.1 brings, is to "Siri", the voice activated virtual assistant. Now you press the home button on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to speak to "Siri"—and release it for the virtual assistant to reply. Before users had to tap the virtual microphone to talk to "Siri" and wait for "Siri" to detect that the user had stopped speaking. Besides making "Siri" respond much faster to a user's commands, this iOS 7.1 update provides "Siri" with more natural sounding female and male voices.
With this free iOS 7.1 update it's also easier to create stations in “iTunes Radio”. To create a new customized station, just use the search field atop “Featured Stations”. Also in this update, when you subscribe to “iTunes Match”, you can listen to “iTunes Radio” ad-free.
In this iOS 7.1 update you'll find enhancements to “Calendar” too. Now specific holidays are automatically added to your calendar and you can view events by the month.
If you have an iPhone 4, this new iOS 7.1 update will make iOS work smoother on your device.
If you have an iPhone 5s, this iOS 7.1 update will automatically set your camera to HDR. This update will also improve TouchID (the fingerprint scanner).
Besides these improvements and necessary bug fixes , this iOS 7.1 update includes the CarPlay feature. CarPlay is Apple's new hands-free way to interact with your iPhone and your car's dashboard while you are driving. Just connect your iOS 7.1 updated iPhone to any CarPlay enabled automobile and you'll be able to control everything from the maps on your phone to the knobs and buttons in your car—hands-free.
On your iPhone or iPad you can download the iOS 7.1 update for free by tapping “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” > “Download and Install” > “Agree” to begin the download process. Be sure that you iPhone or iPad is connected to Wi-Fi to save data charges. Also, be sure that your iPhone or iPad is plugged in to a power outlet.
While downloading iOS 7.1 is easiest this way, you can also download iOS 7.1 from iTunes.
Either way, this iOS 7.1 update is compatible with iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, iPad mini+ and iPod Touch (5G).
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