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iOS 7.1 adds CarPlay, interface tweaks, accessibility enhancements

Dan Moren | March 11, 2014
Lest you thought you might be waiting until iOS 8 for a new dose of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 7.1 is here with a bunch of changes, enhancements, and updates. The upgrade's been in beta for a while, but it officially arrived on Monday.

If it's bug fixes you crave, iOS 7.1 has them in spades too. A bug that could cause a crash on the home screen? Gone. Better recognition of your fingerprints for Touch ID? Check. Improved performance on the iPhone 4? You betcha. A patch for problems with the Mail icon's unread badge showing numbers greater than 10,000? Fixed, but you should probably still clean out your inbox a bit. In our brief time using the update, it also seems notably zippier in terms of performance.

The iOS 7.1 update is available for download over the air in Software Update. (We expect it will shortly be available via Apple's support downloads site as well.) Depending on the model of your iPhone, it varies in size, but you'll likely need a couple free gigabytes in order to install it. It's compatible with any device running iOS 7 or later.


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