Technology Brief: iOS 7.1

On March 10, 2014, Apple released iOS 7.1, the first major update to iOS since the release of iOS 7 last September. This update includes multiple improvements and bug fixes and is available for all iOS 7-compatible devices (iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPod Touch 5th generation).

ISC recommendation 

Information Systems & Computing (ISC) strongly recommends that all University users considering an upgrade to iOS 7.1 adopt a "wait and see" approach, continuing to use earlier versions of iOS for a few days until the initial bugs and compatibility issues are identified and fixed. ISC and others across campus have tested iOS 7.1 and have not discovered any compatibility issues with various University systems and many current University apps, including a suite of apps and services.
 
The current version of iOS on a device can be checked by launching the Settings app, selecting General, and then selecting About. 

Improvements

  • Far more Accessibility options: including a bold font for the keyboard, calculator, and icons, additional Reduce Motion options for animations, and new options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
  • Siri: ‘hold home to listen’ function. Rather than having Siri automatically determine when you are finished talking, you can manually control when Siri listens
  • Calendar: ability to display events in Month view
  • Camera: the iPhone 5s can be set to automatically enable HDR depending on the lighting environment
  • Improved performance with the iPhone 4 (notable because of the responsiveness issues with iOS 7.0.x)
  • CarPlay: essentially an enhanced mirroring system for iPhones, which allows iOS integration with the built-in displays in some new cars

Bug fixes 

  • Resolution of the home screen crash issue
  • Proper display of unread mail badges on the Mail app for >10,000 emails

Upgrade notes and best practices

  • ISC recommends updating all apps immediately prior to upgrading iOS
  • Since the iOS 7.1 download is approximately 250 MB, Apple requires using WiFi or iTunes to download. Note that iOS 7.1 may require 1.0 GB or more of free space to install
  • The upgrade to iOS 7.1 should not erase any information on the device, but doing a backup with iTunes before applying a major iOS upgrade is always advisable
  • The upgrade process takes approximately 30 minutes

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Date Posted: March 12, 2014 Tags: iOS, Mobile

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