Gruber: iOS 7.1 Coming Any Day Now

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.