It’s been a while since Apple has released a major update for the iOS, but today we are happy to report that the latest iOS 7.1 version is finally available for download. As we’re used to, this update contains several important improvements, as well as the usual bug fixing list.
Among the most notable, we can count a much expected upgrade of the fingerprint recognition system of the iPhone 5S (known as Touch ID) and the inclusion of the touted CarPlay system, which now integrates iOS into compatible vehicles. On the other hand, this update is also set to disable access for those who have jailbroken iOS 7 through the evasi0n tool, so take caution before you upgrade.
What’s new in iOS 7.1 ?
Even though the change log is not that long, we dare to say that iOS 7.1 comes with a healthy bunch of features. Apple took testing a bit more serious this time and after November last year, when the package was first made available to developers, around five different beta versions were born. Measuring around 268 MB in full for those who opt to use the software update tool from the iOS settings menu, the most notable additions are the followings:
- CarPlay – vehicles who were born lucky enough to come equipped with an intelligent dashboard that supports Apple’s CarPlay engineers, can now be paired with a simple iOS device, all with the hopes of streaming musing, maps, messages and 3rd party audio applications. Besides these, owners can also control the phone distribution system and even Siri.
- Siri – speaking of the devil, Siri now has a new way of knowing that you have stopped issuing orders. Instead of simply acknowledging your silence, users can gently press the homebutton at the start of a phrase and release it when they are done. A more rudimentary, but well-welcomed feature. Moreover, Siri is now even more friendlier for those who speak Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English and Japanese (sorry Ireland, you’ll be included in the next voice makeover).
- iTunes Radio – the search function in the integrated Radio can now easily find stations based on the current playlist, while users can buy albums directly from the Play tab. Subscription has also been included, as a way to divert ads.
- Calendar – the iOS calendar can now display events that spawn during a full month and also, some country specific holidays have been added.
- Accessibility – a wide range of bold font options have been added, alongside icon tweaks, Reduce Motion options for several applications and new options to display button shapes.
Below are the direct download links to the iOS 7.1 IPSW files for various devices. To reiterate, if you’re using a jailbroken device, hold off from updating to iOS 7.1 as there is no jailbreaking support available yet for iOS 7.1.
iOS 7.1 Download IPSW Links:
- iPad Air (5th generation WiFi + Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation WiFi)
- iPad (4th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation GSM)
- iPad (4th generation WiFi)
- iPad mini (CDMA)
- iPad mini (GSM)
- iPad mini (WiFi)
- iPad mini 2 (WiFi + Cellular)
- iPad mini 2 (WiFi)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5c (CDMA)
- iPhone 5c (GSM)
- iPhone 5s (CDMA)
- iPhone 5s (GSM)
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)
- iPhone 4 (GSM)
- iPhone 4 (CDMA)
- iPod touch (5th generation)