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Apple releases iOS 7.1 and brings CarPlay support to the iPhone

Apple releases iOS 7.1, updates features for Siri, Calender, and more plus CarPlay support now official.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Mon, Mar 10 2014 4:49 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Today Apple began rolling out its first update to iOS which ended weeks of speculation on when the update would drop. iOS 7.1 ushers in support for CarPlay Automobile Integration, something Apple announced earlier this month. CarPlay is centered around an in-dash system that allows users to control their phone, music, apps, messages and maps from their steering wheel or by voice.

Apple releases iOS 7.1 and brings CarPlay support to the iPhone | TweakTown.com

Siri has also been improved in iOS 7 and now has a feature that allows you to press a button which lets Siri listen to your command and then stop listening when you let go of the button. Siri's voice has also been updated to sound more natural in Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese. Updates have also been applied to iTunes Radio, Calender, and Accessibility. Additionally very stubble changes have been made to the UI that most will not notice.

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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