Apple device owners prove once again that they have the itchiest trigger fingers on the market as iOS 7.1 has already been installed on 12% of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. According to Chitika, the iOS 7.1 adoption rate has been nearly identical to iOS 7.0.6, which accounted for 13.3% of web traffic from iOS devices within its first two days of availability. Although these minor updates aren’t receiving anywhere near the attention of a full number upgrade, iOS 8 is expected to continue the trend of continually higher rates of adoption for successive major releases. Considering that web traffic from all iOS 7 versions combined has stalled out at around 80%, the recent leaks look perfectly timed to reignite excitement for the future of iOS. The full graph follows below. More →
After months of testing, Apple finally released iOS 7.1 to the public earlier this week. The new release includes a wide range of new functionality as well as some big visual changes and bug fixes, and it even packs a few nifty secret features. A video walkthrough of everything new in iOS 7.1 can be seen here. iOS 7.1 is faster and smoother than iOS 7 and the various other improvements are certainly much appreciated. There are even a few big annoyances that iOS 7.1 addressed as well — one in particular, however, is something that Apple clearly acknowledges but has yet to fix. More →
Apple released iOS 7.1 to the public on Monday afternoon and it came right on time, as per BGR’s exclusive report from back in December of last year. The new software update brings with it a wide range of visual changes, bug fixes and feature additions such as support for Apple’s new CarPlay and new Siri capabilities. There is plenty of great new functionality to look through and we posted a solid video walkthrough that highlights almost all of it. There is one iOS 7.1 feature in particular, though, that isn’t exactly new but you still really have to check out. More →
So let’s say you’ve downloaded iOS 7.1 but you don’t have time to figure out all the new features it has. Fear not! A handy video posted by iTwe4kz breaks down everything that’s new with iOS 7.1, from major changes to minute details that you probably never would have noticed. The most important thing to know about iOS 7.1 is that you should not download it if you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone — Apple has patched all the holes that allowed for the iOS 7 jailbreak and you’ll have to wait a bit before there’s another jailbreak update for 7.1. More →
Just over one month after its last iOS 7.1 beta was released, Apple’s has pushed the release version of its iOS 7.1 software out to the public. Apple’s last pre-release version of its mobile software, iOS 7.1 beta 5, was released on February 4th and as BGR’s sources had previously stated, it was intended to be the final beta version for developers ahead of the iOS 7.1 Gold Master (GM) version. Curiously, Apple has decided to skip the GM build and release iOS 7.1 to the public. According to an earlier BGR report, iOS 7.1 has been scheduled to be released to the public sometime in early or mid-March for quite a while, so the release is right on time. More →
Is the popular practice of jailbreaking iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices about to go the way of the dinosaur? According to one industry watcher, that is indeed the case. As the most enthusiastic of iPhone and iPad owners will have undoubtedly noticed in the recent past, the frequency with which new iOS builds are jailbroken has slowed dramatically. Newer devices including the iPad Air and iPhone 5s and new software builds such as iOS 7 have sometimes taken several months to jailbreak, leaving users with the difficult decision of using older software builds in order to maintain a jailbreak, or ditching their jailbreak completely in order to update their devices.
The launch of iOS 7 was particularly painful, considering its bold new design that left iOS 6 looking old and stale. More →
iPhone and iPad owners looking forward to the next major update for iOS 7 might not have to wait much longer. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball believes that Apple’s streaming app for the upcoming iTunes Festival will require iOS 7.1, which means that in order for iOS device owners to watch the festival live next Tuesday, Apple will have to release the update within the next few days. We heard last month that iOS 7.1 would ship in March, so the evidence definitely lines up. The only question is whether or not the new app will support the current version of iOS 7. If not, then expect Apple to begin pushing the update a few days before the iTunes Festival begins.
Apple is reportedly working on a software update that will fix one of the bugs on the iPhone 5s that has been particularly infuriating for users. According to a report from AppleInsider that cites a single unnamed source, an upcoming update to Apple’s iOS software will resolve an issue that causes the accuracy of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s to degrade over time. More →
Although Apple is very close to being done with iOS 7.1, iPhone users may have to wait a little longer to finally get their hands on an update. One of 9to5Mac’s sources says that the final version of iOS 7.1 won’t be available until March and that it won’t include any secret surprises that we weren’t expecting. Instead it will include “some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes,” 9to5Mac writes. It’s taken Apple a little longer than expected to get iOS 7.1 ready to launch and the company is expected to launch iOS 8 just three months later during WWDC in June.
Many people didn’t understand how Apple could take so long with iOS 7.1, though we have been able to detail the company’s progress every step of the way. We have learned that Apple will most likely not release another iOS 7.1 beta for download, meaning that the public release of the software should be available sometime in the coming weeks. One of our sources pegs the release happening in early March, though that does seem far away for us. We expect a gold master build to be available before iOS 7.1 makes it way into general customers’ hands, though there is currently no hard date for that. More →
Roughly two weeks after its last release, Apple’s has made iOS 7.1 beta 5 available for download. The new release comes exactly two weeks following the January 20th release of iOS 7.1 beta 4, which included a number of bug fixes and other refinements put in place as Apple prepares to release iOS 7.1 to the public. According to a recent BGR report, iOS 7.1 isn’t slated for public release until sometime next month, so we might still have a bit of waiting to do unless Apple’s schedule changes. More →
Well that was fast! We just reported that iOS 7.1 beta 4 was in the hands of Apple’s testing partners and would be released soon. Guess what — it’s available for developers to download right now. The iOS 7.1 beta 4 update is available immediately as an over the air download for compatible iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models, and it can also be downloaded on Apple’s developer site. A friend of the site has just provided BGR with Apple’s full change log / release notes for the new build, and they follow below in their entirety. More →