Apple Releases iOS 7.1 Update

By Segun Oniyide

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Apple released the first major update to iOS 7 — iOS 7.1 — fixing numerous bugs such as one that caused random reboots of the iPhone 5s, iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air when they were running iOS 7.

Apple has also made adjustments to improve performance on older devices like the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and third-generation iPad, addressing some of the most popular complaints with its most recent mobile operating system.

In addition to various other bug fixes and tweaks, the approximately 280 MB update also includes support for the company’s new CarPlay feature in the iPhone 5, 5c or 5s.

CarPlay, which was announced last week at the Geneva Motor Show, allows interaction with Siri, Messages, Maps and other iPhone functions using a car’s dashboard. Major automakers Ferrari, Volvo, Honda, Toyota, among others, are planning to offer support for the new infotainment system beginning later this year.

Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz demoed the tech operating in their respective cars during the Geneva Motor Show last week.

The free update is available now and can be downloaded by going to “software update” in the “general” section of the Settings app.