After about six months since it launched, iOS 7 has had an update that fixes a few issues and introduces some new features. The new iOS 7.1 update is available for iPhone 4 onwards, iPod Touch 5th generation onwards, iPad 2 onwards and all iPad Mini models. Head to Settings -> General -> Software Update to get it.
The big new feature in iOS 7.1 is CarPlay, a new standard to use your iPhone in your car. Activated using voice commands via Siri, this will let you talk on the phone, listen to music, dictate and read out text messages, and get directions to any destination. Apart from Apple’s own apps, select third-party apps will also be supported, like Spotify, Stitcher and more. Hopefully, eventually, all useful car apps for iPhone will be supported. CarPlay is available on iPhone 5, 5s and 5c, and requires a car compatible with it. You can find more details at the Apple CarPlay page.
Another Siri feature in the update is the ability to hold the Home button to record and release to stop recording. This gives you more control over what Siri hears and eliminates the tendency to stop recording your voice when you take a long pause. With that, you can do a lot more with Siri using iOS 7 commands.
The iOS 7.1 update also puts separate “Accept” and “Decline” buttons on the screen when you get a call. You can now automatically enable HDR on the iPhone 5s. Plus, the Calendar app gets a new “Month” view.
Apart from this, the update comes with a few bug fixes and has been optimized to be used on older devices. Apple says that iPhone 4 users should see improved responsiveness and performance on iOS 7.1.
So grab the update and use our guide to iOS 7 to get the most out of your Apple device.