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Apple has released iOS 7.1.1, a bug fix update aimed at resolving several issues with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update is said to fix keyboard responsiveness – presumably addressing the keyboard lag issue that has annoyed some users – improves fingerprint recognition for devices with Touch ID, and also resolves a problem when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled. Other minor bug fixes and improvements may be included as well.
The iOS 7.1.1 build number is 11D201, and the update is compatible with all devices running iOS 7+, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 5th gen.
Downloading & Installing iOS 7.1.1 Update
Always backup your iOS devices before updating system software. The easiest way for most users to download iOS 7.1.1 is to install through OTA (Over The Air) update. This is done on the device by doing the following:
Open “Settings” and go to “Software Update”
Choose “Download & Install”
The update is quite small, but as usual with iOS updates, requires a fairly hefty amount of available storage space to install. If you see an error message stating “This update cannot be installed because it requires at least ***MB of storage.” you will need to manually clear out apps, media, and data from the device before installing it through OTA, otherwise you can update through iTunes using a Mac or Windows PC instead.
Users can also install iOS 7.1.1 through iTunes Update by tethering their device to a computer, launching iTunes, and checking for updates. Another option reserved for more advanced users is to go about using IPSW firmware files as downloaded from the links below.
Right-click and choose “Save As” to download the appropriate firmware file directly from Apple’s servers:
The brief release notes included alongside the OTA update for iOS 7.1.1 are as follows:
This update contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including:
• Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
• Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
• Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled
Full release notes will be available soon.
Separately, a new update for Apple TV is available, versioned as Apple TV 6.1.1 with build 11D201c.
Apple has released iOS 7.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, the first major system software update to iOS 7 since the launch last year. The update includes many bug fixes, feature enhancements, speed improvements, as well as a variety of updated user interface elements. Updating to iOS 7.1 is recommended for all users who are currently running any prior version of iOS 7 on their devices.
The easiest way for most users to update to iOS 7.1 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism:
Always back up your iOS device before beginning a system software update.
Unable to install because not enough storage? Some users may see a “This update cannot be installed because it requires at least 1.9GB of storage. You can make more storage available by deleting items in Usage Settings.” error message on their iPhone or iPad when attempting to install the update. The simplest way to resolve that is to delete enough apps or data to install the update, though that’s not always an option. A secondary choice would be to install the update through iTunes using a computer, as described below.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can also update to iOS 7.1 using iTunes. This will also allow them to get around the capacity error mentioned above.
Again, always back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch before installing system software updates.
Advanced users who are comfortable using IPSW firmware files can also update manually with iTunes. The files below are hosted on Apple’s servers, right-click and choose “Save As” for best results:
The iOS 7.1 update patches the iOS 7 jailbreak, thus users who prefer to keep their devices jailbroken using the evasi0n tool should avoid updating to 7.1.
An overview of the release notes for iOS 7.1 per iTunes:
– 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
– 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
– 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
– Option to display events in month view
– Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
– 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
– 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
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
Full release notes from Apple will be available soon.
An update to Apple TV is also available.
Apple has released a small but critical update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, versioned as iOS 7.0.6 with a build number of 11b651. The security update notably includes an important fix for SSL connection verification, and weighs in between 13MB and 36MB, depending on the iOS device being installed upon. This update should be installed on all compatible devices as soon as possible.
The initial release notes bundled with the iOS 7.0.6 update are very brief, stating simply “This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.” Apple elaborates a bit further on their knowledge base article, providing the following details for what the update resolves:
The easiest way to download iOS 7.0.6 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism, accessible through the Settings app > Software Update. Choose “Download and Install” and agree to the terms and conditions to start the update process. Despite being a minor update, it can take a while to install as the ‘verifying update’ process lingers for a while on the home screen, before rebooting to the Apple logo where the actual firmware update occurs. Users can also choose to update through iTunes.
Users who prefer to use .IPSW firmware files to update devices manually can choose to download the complete update directly from Apple’s servers using the links below:
In addition to iOS 7.0.6, Apple also released iOS 6.1.6, which includes the same security fix, for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation devices that are not able to run iOS 7. The build number for iOS 6.1.6 is 10b500. An update to Apple TV, versioned as 6.0.2, is also available.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.5 for select iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models. The minor update includes bug fixes which are said to correct network provisioning for these two specific iPhone models that have been sold in China. In other words, if you don’t have an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C that is compatible with Chinese cellular networks, you won’t see this update available.
As of writing, iOS 7.0.4 remains the most recent publicly available iOS version for other iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. iOS 7.1 remains under development and is currently limited to users registered in the iOS developer program through Apple. Users can always check for the newest version of iOS available by opening the Settings app on their devices, heading to “General” and choosing “Software Update”.
Direct links to firmware files are available through Apple servers below.
These will only install on compatible devices and are not intended for every 5S or 5C device. IPSW is best used by advanced users, most individuals should update their iPhone through iTunes or OTA.
he first developer release of iOS 7 has arrived and is now available to download. iOS 7 beta 1 has a build number of 11A4372q, and can be installed onto any compatible iOS device, including iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and newer, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5th gen. Currently, iOS 7 beta does not yet support any iPad model, but that is expected to change in the coming weeks as Apple continues to create new image assets for the major interface overhaul for the larger screened iPad, which it will be compatible with for nearly all versions post 1st gen.
It is highly recommended to back up any devices with iCloud or iTunes before installing iOS 7, then once finished with the installation you can restore from the backup that was created beforehand. Initial reports are that that iOS 7 beta 1 is certainly usable, though there are some quirks and bugs which is to be expected with a beta release.
These are hosted directly by Apple as DMG files. A developer login is required.
Only those registered with Apple’s developer programs are eligible to download the iOS 7 beta IPSW files. As usual, Apple cautions “Unauthorized distribution or disclosure of Apple Confidential Information is prohibited.” Developers (and the curious) who would like to try out iOS 7 themselves, but who are not yet part of the official DevCenter program, can register with Apple here and pay a $99 yearly fee to gain access to the beta releases of iOS and OS X software.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed what many have long assumed — that Jony Ive is working on a new version of iOS, and that it will be revealed at WWDC next month. Speaking at the D11 conference, Cook said that Apple “recognized that Jony had contributed significantly to the look and feel of Apple over many many years and could do that for our software as well,” calling the designer “absolutely incredible.”
Ive is the creative force behind many of Apple’s most iconic hardware designs, but washanded an additional role in “human interface” last year following the removal of Scott Forstall as iOS senior VP. Recent weeks have seen rumors that iOS 7 will feature a “flat” UI that removes much of the glossy, realistic sheen currently seen in Apple’s software.
When asked if the new version of iOS is indeed what Ive has been working on, Cook replied in the affirmative, calling him “really key” to the update. The CEO wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, only saying that new versions of both iOS and OS X would be on show at Apple’s developer conference in less than two weeks, and that he will “let you be the judge” as to how significant the changes are.