What’s New on iOS 7.1 and How to Update

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Today, I’m thrilled to see Apple has released iOS 7.1. This is an update that has a number of new features and bug fixes. My favorite of which is the ability to control how long Siri should be listening to you. I tend to be kind of slow when talking to Siri and she cuts me off halfway through my instructions.

To install this new update, we first want to go into the Settings App on your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod Touch. Next tap on General. Now tap Software Update.

At this point you should see Download and Install. If Download and Install is blue it means you are connected to wifi and are ready to go. If it’s grey, connect to wifi. This download is big so they don’t want to use up all of your data plan in one shot. If you do not see Download and Install look at the bottom of the post for instructions. 

Here’s the whole list of new features. The ones that stick out to me are highlighted in bold.

CarPlay
– iOS experience designed for the car
– Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
– Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps 
– Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons

Siri
– Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking 
– New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese

iTunes Radio
– Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
– Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
– Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free 

Calendar
– Option to display events in month view 
– Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries

Accessibility
– Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs 
– Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
– New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point

Other
– New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
– iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
– FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
– Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
– Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition 
– Improved performance for iPhone 4 
– Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
– Continued user interface refinements

 

If you do not see Download and Install, there is most likely some text that says “This update cannot be installed because it requires at least 1.9 GB of storage”.  There will be a button below that says Usage Settings. If you tap on that you will see what is taking up the most space on your device. From here you can delete apps you never use and reclaim space. This will not take up 1.9 GB of space permanently, it only needs this space to do the installation.

The majority of us have a ton of photos and videos that are taking up all the space. If you go through and delete a bunch of those you may free up enough space to download the update. Check out how much space your photos and videos are taking up before you just go deleting stuff. Copy any photos and videos you want to keep to your computer before you delete them. iCloud is not like an attic that you can just copy files to and then delete later.

There are a few other reasons this may not go smoothly. Another common reason is that you haven’t installed 7.0.6 yet and it wants to do that update now, but when you try to do the update, it says “…Cannot install update, verification failed because you’re no longer connected to the internet”.  To get past this, hit the Home button, then double click the Home button and swipe up on the Settings app to close it. *If you’re running iOS 6 there will be a little red minus button on the top left corner of the Settings icon. Once you’ve closed Settings, restart your device by holding the Sleep button on the top of your device for about 5 seconds (or until the Swipe to Power Off bar appears at the top of your device). Swipe it to power off! Wait until the screen goes completely black and count to 10. After 10 seconds hold the Sleep button for a few seconds and try to update again. This time it should give you the option to install 7.1.

These are just the most common issues that may arise in trying to upgrade to iOS 7.1 and is not a comprehensive list of everything that may come up.

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Question: Are you going to update? What’s exciting about this to you or what is preventing you from updating?

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  • Thanks, Shawn. Super helpful!! 🙂

    • Glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Great breakdown. Thx!

  • You are very smart.

    • Haha, thanks, Andy. I’m taking your cue and starting a podcast. Recording my first episode today. Wish me luck!

      • You don’t need luck when you’re smart and work hard. Keep shipping bro.