March 10, 2014 Last Updated 1:02 pm

Apple releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, Siri tweaks, other feature enhancements

Apple today released iOS 7.1 – iPhone and iPad owners will find the update when they sync their devices through iTunes or under Software Update under Settings.

Apple-iOS-update-7-1The biggest change is the introduction of CarPlay, Apple’s new program in partnership with a number of automakers. Of course, you’ll have to have a new car that is compatible with CarPlay, and since no one has one of those this may not prove a big reason for many to update their devices.

But there are plenty of other changes inside iOS 7.1, mostly minor tweaks and system enhancements.

  • Siri: Users can now manually control Siri listens by holding down the Hoem button while you speak and releasing it when done, rather than the old way of activating Siri and hoping it doesn’t cut you off mid-sentence. There are also new voices for Mandarin, Japanese, UK English and Australian English (no more fake GEICO sounding voices?)
  • iTunes Radio: Biggest change is that iTunes Match subscribers can now get commercial free iTunes Radio. Users can also buy music from the Now Playing button.
  • Calendar: new option for display events in month view and more country specific holidays have been added.
  • Camera: New setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
  • Accessibility: new options and enhancements to improve readability. Also, a new Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages and multitasking UI animations

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