Apple iOS 7.1 brings bug fixes, CarPlay, and improved Siri and TouchID

iOS 7.1

Apple has released iOS 7.1, bringing bug fixes, Apple CarPlay support and improvements to the fingerprint scanner and Siri voice control system.

iOS 7.1 is a free download and is available now, just head to Settings > General > Software Update on your Apple device.

The main update brings Apple CarPlay in to iOS 7, Apple's in-car technology which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

Also new are tweaks to Siri (holding down the home button allows you to be more precise in terms of when Siri is listening), the Camera, Calendar and overall look of the interface.

Apple also claims the Touch ID fingerprint recognition is improved, while '"an occasional Home screen crash bug has been fixed".

And if you're still running an older iPhone, you'll be pleased to hear iPhone 4 users should enjoy "improved responsiveness and performance".

iOS 7.1 is the first major software update to iOS 7 and is available in full on the iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 and 5th generation iPod Toucn, and on the iPhone 4S and 4 but without some features.

You can also update to iOS 7.1 on the iPad mini, iPad 2 and 3rd and 4th-gen iPad, though not all features are available on the older models.

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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).