Apple's SXSW iTunes Festival app doesn't require iOS 7.1

Despite reports this week suggesting otherwise, Apple has not aligned its mobile OS update with the music festival at South by Southwest.

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Turns out iOS 7.1 isn't coming out just yet.

The next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system is expected to come out sooner rather than later, and there was some talk that Apple would align its release with the its concert at the South By Southwest festival.

The company is holding its iTunes Festival -- featuring the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Pitbull -- starting March 11 in Austin, Texas. Apple will stream the performances to iOS devices via an app, but Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber wrote earlier this week that someone had told him the app would require iOS 7.1. Putting two and two together, he suggested the iOS update would be coming "any day now."

Apple on Thursday released its updated iTunes Festival app, and alas, it's compatible with iOS 7 or later, according to notes that accompany the update in the App Store.

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Richard Nieva is a staff writer for CNET. He previously worked for PandoDaily and Fortune Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and on CJR.org.

 

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