Apple releases iOS 7.1 featuring CarPlay

Rodneil Quiteles
Ease of use while driving with CarPlay, a slightly smarter Siri, and a few user interface tweaks now available for iPhone users on the iOS 7.1 update

MANILA, Philippines —  The latest update to Apple’s mobile operating system is ready for download.

The Cupertino-based company made its iOS 7.1 update available for download, Tuesday, March 11. The most significant addition to this latest version of iOS is CarPlay.


Announced on March 3, CarPlay is Apple’s way of integrating iOS devices in car dashboards. Using its existing voice-recognition technology, digital assistant Siri, and native Maps app, Apple hopes to let you use your iPhone while driving without running the risk of taking your eyes off the road.

SMART DASHBOARD. iOS on your car's dashboard thanks to Apple's CarPlay. Photo from Apple

The first cars to support CarPlay will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Other carmakers will follow suit.

For now, the CarPlay update only supports iPhones with lightining connectors – the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C.

Smarter Siri, Better photos

Other updates include the ability to control when Siri listens. To do so, simply press the home button while speaking and release when you’re done. The update also lets users take the best photo possible by automatically enabling HDR.

Slightly new look

The iOS 7.1 update also includes minor changes to the user interface like separate buttons to decline or accept a call, a month view on the Calendar app, and a slight change to the keyboard making the delete and shift keys easier to spot.

Bug fixes

Apple also noted improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint recognition, better responsiveness and overall performance for iPhone 4 users, and the occasional Home screen crash has been fixed.

To get the update, users need to go to Settings, select General, and tap Software Update.  —

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