In the grand scheme of things, iOS 7.1 isn't really an earth-shattering update, especially coming on the heels of the massive redesign that was iOS 7. But that's not to say that there isn't anything interesting in the latest upgrade to Apple's mobile operating system. Here are just a few of the changes that have our staff applauding and, in some cases, griping.
Goodbye, springboard crashes
If there's one thing about iOS 7 that I detested over the last few months, it was the random crashes on my iPhone 5s. I crashed on websites. I crashed on the multitasking screen. I crashed while scrolling through tweets, turning on Bluetooth, and playing music. I got to know that sad white Apple logo on a matte black background far better than I ever wanted to.
But in the few hours since running the update, my iPhone 5s is speedier and happier, with nary a crash in sight. (I'm crossing my fingers that I haven't just cursed myself by saying that.) Apple specifically called out this fix in its iOS 7.1 release notes — no doubt with knowledge of how much these random crashes have annoyed its userbase — and from what I can tell so far, it put in the legwork to back up that claim. — Serenity Caldwell
What with all the other changes in iOS 7.1, a minor tweak to FaceTime notifications might seem like small potatoes, but hear me out. As of this update, answering a FaceTime call on one of your devices will clear those notifications from your other iOS devices. What heartens me about this change is Apple's cognizance of the fact that many of us are using multiple devices, and we often see the same notification pop up two, three, four times or more. Notifications have proved tricky, and have become one of those most tweaked features in iOS's lifetime, and this seems to me another step in the right direction. iMessage notifications already clear on other devices if they're read elsewhere, so it's time for the next level: figuring out a way to save us from being pinged on every single device we own simultaneously. — Dan Moren
Calendar lists and Camera tweaks
There are just two improvements to Apple's built-in apps in iOS 7.1, but they're much-welcomed ones. I know my mother (and likely many others) will rejoice over the fact that the Calendar app once again has an obvious list option: When viewing a single day, you can tap the list icon at the top to view a full list of your appointments; in month view, you can toggle a list of the highlighted day's appointments, which show up beneath the month's calendar. Though I'm a Fantastical convert, this change at least improves the usefulness of the Calendar app for many users.
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