Feeds

Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

Bug fixes plus Siri more conversant in the queen's English, chewy Aussie accent

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Apple has released its first major update for iOS 7 — version 7.1, natch — which brings "improvements and bug fixes" to iDevices, including better Touch ID fingerprint recognition, the option to further reduce the on-screen animations that sickened some users, and a boost to performance on the iPhone 4.

Details of Apple's iOS 7.1 update

Apple brags of iOS 7.1's tweaks
(click to enlarge)

The update, available from Monday, includes support for CarPlay – previously more-prosaically named "iOS in the Car" – which Apple announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference, and which Cook & Co. said last week would first appear in vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, with Nissan, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, and others following on.

Siri also comes in for a few tweaks, including allowing you to simply release the home button to put her to work after mumbling your request rather than, as before, waiting until she recognized that you had finished speaking — a tweak that should be a boon in noisy environments.

Siri also has added what Apple describes as "new, more natural sounding" voices, both male and female, in Mandarin Chinese, UK and Australian English, and Japanese.

In a classic case of fixing a bug that no reasonable programmer ever thought would appear in the first place, iOS 7.1 "fixes display of Mail unread badges for numbers greater than 10,000." The Reg respectfully suggests that should a user have over 10,000 unread messages on their iPhone or iPad, the bug is not to be charged to iOS, but to the fanboi.

Complementing the additional Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion debarfification assistance noted above – which, by the way, was first tweaked in iOS 7.0.3 – the Accessibility > Bold Text option now also emboldens the touch keyboard, likely in response to those users who complained that many of the fonts used in iOS 7 were a bit on the spidery side.

New bolder keyboard font in iOS 7.1, compared with keyboard in 7.0.x

Standard keyboard, left; emboldened keyboard, right — no biggie, but undoubtedly helpful for some

Other new Accessibility options include the ability to place more-obvious buttons behind tappable text, darken app colors, and turn down the blinding white background of some iOS apps, another complaint that was heard when iOS 7 debuted last September.

As is usual with Apple's operating system updates for both Macs and iDevices, the listing of features helpfully points you to the "Apple security updates" page, but no information appears on that page at the time of the update's release.

If you want security-upgrade details, you'll need to wait. Sometimes for only a couple of hours, sometimes for a day or so. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.