Good news for iPhone 4 owners: Apple's iOS 7.1 update, released earlier this week, should make your handset feel a little snappier.
The bad news: It still won't run as fast as it did on iOS 6.
So writes Ars Technica, which conducted basic iPhone 4 performance tests with iOS 6.1.3, iOS 7, and 7.1. Specifically, the blog clocked load times for various stock apps like Camera, Messages, and Mail, and also the time to complete a cold boot.
The results: iOS 7.1 boots a bit more quickly than iOS 7 (43.1 … Read more
Make an in-app purchase via iOS 7.1, and you'll now be warned that the buying spree can continue for another 15 minutes without need of your password.
After you type your password to confirm an in-app purchase, the following message pops up:
"In-App Purchase Complete You can now make additional purchases in any app for the next 15 minutes without reentering your password. To change this, tap Settings and go to Restrictions."
Tap OK, and the message goes away. If you want to restrict this behavior, tap Settings and launch the Restrictions screen. From there, you … Read more
Just 45 hours after its release on Monday, iOS 7.1 has snagged 12 percent of all iOS Web traffic seen by Chitika for North America.
In this regard, iOS 7.1 adoption has taken off at a rate close to that for iOS 7.0.6, Chitika said Wednesday. Launched on February 21, iOS 7.0.6 reached a 13.3 percent adoption within 48 hours. Given Apple's notification process for new updates, future minor iOS 7 version updates will likely see comparable levels of adoption, according to the ad network.
The latest adoption rate for iOS 7.… Read more
Just when you cozied up to the new-looking iOS, Apple dropped a software update that adds a handful of new features. But have no fear -- the look hasn't changed too dramatically, and the new features are very much welcome.
If you haven't already, upgrade your iOS device to the latest operating system, and check out these new tools and settings.
How to teach Siri some manners New features introduced in iOS 7.1 and 7.0 can help Siri be more responsive and better-behaved, at least if you know where to look.
Siri tries its best to be helpful but sometimes doesn't seem to know how to respond or carry on a conversation. How can you improve the sometimes rocky relationship with Apple's voice assistant?
Let's start with one of Siri's worst faux pas -- interrupting you. By default, Siri doesn't know when you've ended a question or command and often misinterprets a pause as the end of your query. But in the new iOS 7.1, you can easily correct Siri's poor manners.
Simply hold down the Home button until you've finished your … Read more
Apple may view iOS jailbreakers as a thorn in its side. But the company credits some of those same people for finding certain security holes now fixed in iOS 7.1.
In a page describing the security issues corrected in Monday's iOS 7.1, Apple gave the nod to evad3rs, the team responsible for the popular Evasi0n jailbreak. Specifically, the evad3rs were behind the discovery of four different security holes.
But jailbreakers aren't the only ones having all the fun. Several separate researchers and other individuals were also credited for digging into iOS to uncover security flaws.
Among … Read more
Apple's iOS 7 launched with a revamped design and new features galore. Not all features were welcomed, with some users pleading for the ability to revert back to iOS 6 or turn off some of the more "annoying" features. One such feature was the motion found throughout iOS 7, including the motion found on wallpaper images across all home screens.
When iOS 7 launched with its redesigned interface, the buttons were replaced with simple text labels. The change seemed like an decent idea to match the buttons with the toned-down approach of the user-interface as a whole in iOS 7. But for some, having to guess what's a button and what's simply a text label was a pain.
With the release of iOS 7.1, Apple has added the option to bring back the familiar button shapes across the operating system in both native and third-party apps.
The switch to enable button shapes can be found in Settings &… Read more