Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Latest Apple iOS updates for iPhone and iPad

Apple, one of the major player in producing and designing innovative electronic goods has released a major update for their operating system iOS 7. It was released on Monday, March 10, 2014. The latest update is designed to fix bugs, improves reliability of the fingerprint sensor for iPhone 5S, gives upgrade to Siri, update n Tunes Radio, support for Apple's CarPlay service, upgrade on Calendar app, new setting in the Camera app, and tweaks to the user interface.

A lot of users complained about iPhone 5S TouchID that it doesn't recognize their fingerprint when trying to unlock the phone. They also complained about crashes in iOS7. The latest update iOS 7.1 fix all that and will definitely improve the performance of the phone. It fixes the bug that caused the homescreen to crash. It also improves the accuracy of TouchID recognition performance. 

The update also made a major upgrade on Siri (voice assistant), the user will no longer have to push and hold the home button for a couple of seconds, release, then talk, and then wait for its reply. Now, the user will just press and hold the home button and give the command, and Siri will immediately react. They have also added new voices   for Siri, British English, Australian English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. These are available in both male and female versions.

iTunes Radio has also been updated, by pressing just one button you can now buy albums when the song is currently playing. A search field will also be visible that allows the users to subscribe to iTunes Match through iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The update also adds support for Apple's CarPlay service(Announced in early March). It is
an in-car system that brings selected iPhone apps like maps, GPS routing, Siri, iPhone, iMessage and iTunes to your car's display.

The Calendar app will now have an option of displaying events in "month view." It also added holiday dates, and redesigned the list view.

Apple also modified its camera software for iPhone 5S users. A new setting is added in the Camera application that will automatically enable HDR (High-Dynamic Range). user will no longer have to switch the settings before taking the picture. This is use for environment with high contrast between the subject and the background, like taking a photo of something taht is near a bright light. Upload Burst Photos option has also been added in the iOS Settings.

There were also some updates on the user interface like a "Dark Keyboard" that is found by going to iOS Settings > Accessibility. You can also go to "Increase Contrast" tab where you can have the option to "Darken Colors."

You can now use bold font on keyboard and calculator. Reduce Motion options is now available for Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations.

You will also notice that TouchID and Passcode are now on the main menu when you navigate to iOS Settings and Touch ID will now require your passcode if you restart your iPhone.

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