Gruber: iOS 7.1 Coming Any Day Now

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Get ready for iOS 7.1, because if the sources talking with Daring Fireball's John Gruber are right, it's coming before next week. Word on the street is SXSW iTunes Festival show streaming requires the new version of iOS, and since the event starts on March 10, Apple has only days to get the update on user's iPhones and iPads.

iOS 7.1 may come before SXSW next weekiOS 7.1 may come before SXSW next week

Mr. Gruber said on his website,

Apple's first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I've heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn't out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now.

iOS 7.1 is expected to include a long list of fixes, performance improvements and interface tweaks to enhance overall iPhone, iPad and iPod touch use. Buttons, for example, will be easier to identify, Siri will perform better outside the United States, and WiFi syncing will work better.

SXSW is an annual conference and music festival in Austin, Texas. This year marks the first time Apple will be hosting its series of iTunes Festival concerts at the event, and is also the first time the company has run the event outside of London.

iOS 7.1 will be a free update. You can check to see if it's available on your iOS device by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If the update is available you can install it from there, too.

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I’m hoping they also fix the sporadic system crash&reboot; issue. It seems to happen just often enough to be quite frustrating.

Paul Goodwin

I don’t get a system crash geoduck, but I do get Safari crashes all the time. No help via reboots, pwr cycles, clearing history and web data. Nothing helps. I have plenty of Flash storage available. There’s thousands of posts on iOS Safari crashes on Apple’s Dfiscussion Forums. That’s the only issue I’ve noticed about iOS 7 other than the illogical process to get the search tool.

Justin Trella

Reading other articles Geoduck, it seems a fix in 7.1 will address the system crashes. I too am hoping that the iMessage bug is fixed. It gets annoying to reboot the phone in order to get iMessage to register someone else’s number as an iPhone. Also I am hoping that iTunes Radio no longer crashes.

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