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iOS 7.1 Download Release: Update To Fix iPhone 5S Issue With Touch ID

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Feb, 28, 2014, 05:56 PM
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(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) Apple's latest mobile OS iteration, iOS 7.1.2, works with an untethered jailbreak unveiled last week by Chinese hackers.

The iOS 7.1 update could not come sooner for iPhone 5S users with a TouchID issue users are dubbing "fade," AppleInsider reports.

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TouchID, which allows users to unlock their device and make iTunes purchases by pressing their finger onto the iPhone's home button, reportedly has "fading" issues that leaves users without an effective TouchID to use after just a few weeks. While many users can reportedly fix the issue by deleting the fingerprint saved to their iPhone and saving it again with a different finger, there is hope that iOS 7.1 can eliminate the "fade" issue altogether.

With the public version of the download rumored to be available around March 15, at least one more beta version is also expected in the final two weeks, Gotta Be Mobile reports, but it is unclear if the beta version will update for "fade."

Though the iOS 7.1 download is not expected to be much different from iOS 7, which released alongside the iPhone 5S and 5C last September, it will likely include some valuable and appealing changes, including the rumored "iOS in the Car" feature, which will allow users to sync up their iDevice with the dashboard of their vehicle. Other rumored features coming with the update include minor UI changes, a faster speed, an improved Calendar app and various bug fixes, Digital Spy reports.

Apple TV, the Cupertino-based company's next-gen set-top box, has also been linked to the March event.

So what else is changing with iOS 7.1? Let's take a look at some of the features integrated into the developer beta versions that have already released:

The iOS 7.1 beta 5 update includes "natural-sounding" updates to Siri's voice for Australian English, U.K. English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese, according to the download's release notes. It also features a new shift and caps lock key on the keyboard, new wallpaper options and updates to Xcode 5.1 Developer Preview 5 and a new version of the Apple TV beta software, MacRumors reports.

A minimal-UI property was added to Safari, which allows a user to minimize the top and bottom Safair bars while they are loading content on the iPhone.

The button used to disable parallax has been changed from "Motion" to "Perspective Zoom," as well.

Beta 4 arrived with fixes for the keyboard, contacts app, changes to the UI and other minor bugs. Beta 3 brought a darker FaceTime, Messages and Phone icons, a new Phone dialer, updated Repeat and Shuffle buttons, the option to disable parallax scrolling for wallpapers and a new Power Off UI. The phone calls screen features one of the most visible alterations in beta 3, including round green and red buttons at the bottom of the dialer and call-in-progress screens, Tech Crunch reports. The "Decline" call and "Accept" call buttons are now round buttons and the "Remind Me" and "Message" options are smaller, white icons. Another interesting makeover included in the update is with the "Slide to power off" button, which now dims when the slide button is moved to the right.

The "iOS in the Car" feature will allow users to talk to Siri, get directions, listen and reply to messages and more.

The update was expected to release with iOS 7 at WWDC last June, but with a new Apple iOS iteration rumored to be arriving in March, the feature has become a hot topic once again.

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