iOS 7.1 is out and it's gunning for your car

New firmware update comes with CarPlay and a host of new improvements

Apple has finally rolled out the first major update for iOS 7, adding some great new features and welcome improvements to the gorgeous interface. 

The highlight of 7.1 would of course be the inclusion of CarPlay. CarPlay pushes the iOS interface onto compatible car dashboards, allowing users to control specific features like Apple Maps or even compatible third-party apps via touchscreen or dedicated controls in the cars themselves. It's almost like getting an iPhone or iPad embedded in your vehicle. 

Although CarPlay compatible cars have yet to be launched, there've been a couple of manufacturers who've integrated the feature into their recently unveiled cars, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. In fact Volvo even has a demo video on how it'll work, and you can see it here

Other updates include improvements to Siri, including the option to manually control when Siri ‘listens’ to you. Besides adding more natural-sounding male and female voices in major languages, there are also a bunch of other UI tweaks and bug fixes too, including a setting to automatically enable HDR on the iPhone 5s.

For the complete list of updates that’s been rolled out on iOS 7.1, head on over here.

Source: Apple

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