iOS 7.1 is out! Update adds CarPlay support, improves Siri, iTunes Radio, iPhone 4 performance

iOS 7.1 is out! Update adds CarPlay support, improves Siri, iTunes Radio, more

Apple on Monday released iOS 7.1 . The new version is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) download. CarPlay, enhancements to Siri and iTunes Radio, and other changes have been made in the new release - including some performance improvement for long-suffering iPhone 4 users.

Apple officially unveiled CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show last week. While the new technology won't be accessible until auto manufacturers roll out new models later this year, iOS 7.1 adds CarPlay support. CarPlay enables you to control Music, Maps, Messages, and select third-party apps using your car's center console display or through voice commands using Siri.

Also new in this release are changes to Siri - you can manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak, rather than letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking. More natural-sounding voices have been included for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English and Japanese.

iTunes Radio gets a search field to find new stations, along with other changes. Calendar will let you display events in month views, Accessibility gains new bold font options, offers a Reduce Motion option for Weather, Messages and multitasking UI animations, and more.

Here's the complete list of changes, according to Apple:


  • iOS experience designed for the car
  • Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
  • Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
  • Control with Siri and the car's touchscreen, knobs, and buttons


  • Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you're done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
  • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese

iTunes Radio

  • Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
  • Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free


  • Option to display events in month view
  • Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries


  • Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
  • Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
  • New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point


  • New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
  • iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
  • FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
  • Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
  • Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Improved performance for iPhone 4
  • Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
  • Continued user interface refinements

Have you updated already? Are you excited about the changes? Any trouble? Let us know in the comments!

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iOS 7.1 is out! Update adds CarPlay support, improves Siri, iTunes Radio, iPhone 4 performance


After the update I couldn't connect to WiFi via the control center until I went back to Settings>WiFi> and then redescovered the network and reentered my password.

WARNING: DO NOT apply this upgrade. It is buggy and will break your mic and no one will be able to hear you for calls!!! Apple, as usual, says n-o-t-h-i-n-g.

Installing now. I would love to hear how the iPhone 4 improvements are working. I'm wanting my daughter to update to 7.1, but she's understandably nervous.

Because iOS 7 has effectively removed the multiple application function on anything older than an iPhone 5. It has made the Note app one of my most used apps, as I can no longer copy and paste from two different sources.

That's why.

I updated my iPhone 4 to 7.1 and it does seem to be working better (faster) and I've been using it for four hours. So, so far all is well

My son has an iPhone 4 and we upgraded him last night. No problems and it's been fine all day today. Not sure how much "better" it is - but it's certainly no worse.

Thanks for the heads-up! I haven't seen the update yet but I'm sure it will be available shortly (for me).

I'm interested to find out what other bugs are addresses.

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The screenshot is from a device running the beta. Based on our preliminary water cooler discussions, it appears the update from the beta is, for whatever reason, significantly larger than the release version. 268 MB for me too.

If you download the update via iTunes (after connecting your device) it is downloading 1.4GB. If you are updating your device directly and wirelessly the update is apparently on around 268mb. But I did get a message that it would require 1.5GB free space on my iPhone in order to install it.

I've been using IOS 7.1 for about 3 hours and there are improvements, in the last couple of weeks I've even disabled all the transparencies, because at some specific tasks the phone was frustratingly slow, now with the update is a lot more pleasant to use, it won't fly but at least walks faster than before and its still very capable, so I turned the fewer transparencies on again.

I don't care if it doesn't have to do with iOS 7.1 I really don't care. It's been almost a year since iTunes Radio came out in the USA

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My issue with that is a) having to swap stores back and forth and b) my match account is Canadian, which means iTunes Radio is filled with ads :(

I downloaded ot as soon as I saw it was available. I really jad no issue with the OS on either of my crevices so not seeing anything major yet. Nice to be up to date tho. I'll keep playing around to learn a few more of the new tweets. Gotta love it.

Feels so good! The new keyboard looks great. The look if the settings app is also different. Better fonts and grays. I live it so far.

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Just updated and my iP4 feels much better! I've been running with the reduced motion and higher contrast to make everything smoother, now I can turn both of those settings off! Good so far

so far all is working much better on my iPhone 4. It appears to be working much better. It's not taking as long for apps to open or close. No app crashing which is nice. So for now I'm happy with it

I have iphone 4s and after updating, closing background apps by tapping the home button twice does not work.Do you lot have a suggestion on how to fix this? I tried resetting that did not work.I am very frustrated! Otherwise, I am very pleased with the improved performance.

Really awesome to have a stable release that makes the auto-crash/reboots a thing of the past, amongst other tweaked UI & operating fixes.

At the risk of being superficial, I miss the ratched-up toned-up green icons! It's really obvious how toned down and stodgy the homescreen is now. Boo!

FYI. This paragraph has three typos. Just thought you'd like to know...

iTunes Radio gets a serach field to find new stations, along with other changes. Calendar will let you display events in month views, Accessibility gains mew bold font options, offers a Reduce Motion opinion for Weather, Messages and multitasking UI animations and more.

It's pretty slick on first impression. I like the new UI tweaks and the new green icons. Still a bit of a delay with some actions tho. No one should have an excuse to stay on 7.06 or older.

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Currently updating my iPhone 5s now. Hoping it brings iTunes Radio to the uk, improves touch ID because my experience with it is very poor & fixes bug that makes iPhone reboot unexpectedly.

No update for my JB ip 4s ;( i cant see any update... I guess need to manually download on itunes and loose muy JB!! Too bad ;((

Well my iPhone 5 downloaded update in less then 3 minutes and update is on... Now I'm looking to see what is new. But my mom's iPhone 5c and dad's iPhone 5c showing ESTIMATED TIME more then 5 HOURS (ok, I know servers are full now but I'm surprised then how fast was on my iPhone 5)!!! For now still searching what is new! :-)

IPad Air updated and it feels slightly quicker. Time will tell if the "random" resprings have been fixed. 5S still,updating and looking forward to improved finger print reading.

Waiting for it to download as we speak. iOS 7.0.6 is pretty fluid on my iPhone 5 anyway but it can only get better. Excited to see if my iPad 2 will run a bit more smoothly (beginning to notice just how much less RAM it has these days).

I know it's not really that related, but I'm still waiting for iTunes Radio in the UK & Ireland...

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As for the accessibility options, I think the "Button Shapes" looks terrible, but am loving the "Darken Colors" and "Reduce White Point"

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A slightly less bright white. May not be as noticeable depending on your brightness levels.

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After download, when it was back up, got a pop up message "connect to a computer with a cable to enable wifi sync" this was iPhone 5S. Any ideas?

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After an update the iPhone won't sync to iTunes via WiFi until you sync with cable once. AFAIK it has always done this.

GlennRuss probably fixing the issue with wifi sync. I am one of those who deal with this issue. Good luck!

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I updated my iphone 5 and currently updating my ipad mini 2. Speed improvements is noticeable. One thing i have to complain is why they included the weather animation in reduce motion? I just like the weather animation. I keep turning on my reduce motion coz i just dont like the wallpaper to be spread out.

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Since updating to 7.1 my Podcast app just shows a few podcasts (out of 277) and is blank for the rest. You can scroll through the list, it is just mostly blank.

Yeah, but is that correct or no? The annoying thing on the last update was that it was listing all the podcasts in the cloud in your counts (some in the new podcasts counts)...

Not sure. Last update (7.0.6) seemed to f up podcasts (mine all seemed reset or something). This one looks good so far

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It has taken several hours but most have downloaded and it is not blank anymore, just a few still grayed out.

Looks like color fix. Keyboard now bold. Icons look bolder. Seems faster. App names in bold text. Things just look better. Has a rich look to it.

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I love the new update! Text is bolder, apps open super fast, and Siri works better than ever. Long live Apple!

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From 6 to 7.1 i never experienced any crashes on my iphone 5 except on my mini retina which is currently updating.

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The springboard bug that caused you to reboot back to the home screen spontaneously should be fixed in this update.

I can say I installed it right away, and haven't had one yet. My daughter on her iPod touch noticed it more than I did. Won't get a proper test with her until the weekend due to school, but that will be the real test.

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Agreed. Makes it completely usable again. Glad I held off.

Also like the subtle changes. Example. When connecting to Home Sharing, it would show the circle spinning with the stop/square in the middle. Now the circle is a bit of a status indicator.

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Yes, I just checked that, looks nice. One thing is pulling up quick settings from the botom is a little too springy and light goes flickering. I don't like that. I wander if it is just for iPad 3 or all iPads.

I didn't have the update available on my iPhone 5S right away no matter how many times I tried refreshing the settings app or opening and force closing it, but when I did a hard reset of my iPhone 5S (holding power & home button simultaneously till the phone shuts off) then when I opened settings and looked for an update it immediately pulled up the update for iOS 7.1

Itching to try but I'm jailbroken and currently addicted to my jb tweaks!!! Soon as I hear 7.1 is jailbroken I'm sold.

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"Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000" Who the hell has over 10,000 unread emails? I had an anxiety attach just reading that!

I've got over 20k over multiple mailboxes over the years. Most are spam or bacon. You can spend a ton of time cleaning it out, or let it go until you hit a limit.

DO you know how many times I have done that? About 50. DO you know how many times I've been to Genius bar? Same amount. Do you know how many times apple has told me to restore? 100 times. And you know something? IT NEVER WORKS. Do you know how many times an Apple tech has restored it in front of me? 20 times. You want to know what their answer is? UPGRADE.

The animations are a lot faster and the added features to darken the keyboard text and icons is pretty good not much else to say about it that's really significant

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One bug I've seen since the 7.0 betas still exists. In Mail, sometimes if you open a message the blue Unread mark won't clear. Only thing that will clear it is to back out and reopen the message, go back to the inbox and reload by pulling down, or manually mark it as read from the swipe menu. I filed a bug report with Apple about it last year and they asked if the 7.1 beta fixed it, but I couldn't install the beta on my only device.

Otherwise, I LOVE the sped up animations. Makes it feel much more usable.

Had beta 5 for ages, but I'm going to do the full iTunes restore thing.
I guess beta 5 was the GM in all but name?


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It's a pretty boring update! Although that's probably what's needed. I really hope the random crashes go away and that my iPads feel faster.

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performance improvements for 4 users? Really? It's still slow as molasses getting into settings and takes 14 seconds for phone to load.

Yeah and do you want to pay it for me? I cannot just afford to drop 500 bux on a new phone. I am not eligible for another 8 months and ATT EVEN THOUGH I HAVE BEEN WITH THEM since they were cellular one, WILL NOT put me on ATT Next yet, EVEN THOUGH I have never been late with a payment, EVER. So go ahead, tell me again to upgrade, I'll give you my bank routing number.

You don't have to be a ass
It's a 4 year old phone, what do you expect?
I was thinking you should have a upgrade since you have the 4
You can always dump AT&T and switch to TMobile
I left AT&T and NEVER looked back
Plus you WONT have to pay $500 for the 5s or your ETA with AT&T
Check it out

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Switch to Mobile Share Value new plan at $15 for one phone plus $40 for 2GB of data - they should let you get on Next as well with the switch.

I am going to love the Siri update. I have been cut off so many times that I started thinking of short bursts whenever I knew I was goign to use Siri.

I think I was hoping for too much. The unlock animation - the icons coming in from outer space - is faster than before, but the OS still responds as slowly as before. Pity.

Sky Sports Score Centre is bust on iOS 7.1 for all you brits. - They sent out a push notification already about it (thats how i knew 7.1 was available) lol :-(

"Feel no difference" are kidding me lol it's feels twice as fast, responsive to me and anyone else who's actually using 7.1 lol. Makes 7.0 feel unfinished and rushed IMO. Much more polished and IOS'y.

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the update it says is under 300mb but requires 2.5gb of free space WTF?!? is it to prevent like file fragmentation during the update process or something

Hey guys anyone know how to update to 7.1 with a jailbroken 5s? (Just to be clear I'm not looking to update and keep cydia, I don't really care if I lose the jailbreak)

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Just hook up to iTunes , make sure you have a back up
Then hit RESTORE, it will ask if want to restore and update, just click yes
After just restore to a back up
It's easy

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Just installed it. It seems there might be different update packages as the update for my 4S was only 186MB. Maybe the 2.68MB update is for the original 5 & 5C & the 1.3GB one is for the 5S. Or they are dependant on the last update that was installed prior to the 7.1 update.


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Updated about three hours ago... I don't really see a huge amount of difference in everything. Hopefully battery life is improved!

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Just updated my iPhone 4, work a little smoother. No problems for now. I know i know, it's time to upgrade, but I still like my 3.5 inch screen.

It appears iOS 7.1 does away with full screen contact photos on incoming calls. Did Apple offer any rationale for this design change? It is utterly senseless. Yesterday, a fleeting glance told me if a call was from my boss, my wife, and so on. Now I have to pick up the phone and read the screen. What am I supposed to do, use the teenagers' kludge of having separate, cheesy ringtones (that I will have to commit to memory) for each important contact?

Thanks, Apple. Thanks a lot.

I see what you mean. I personally am in love with the new phone and decline buttons. The ones they were using in the iOS 7 debut were just too blocky and tacky. However, I too wish they would've kept the full screen contact photos for calls. But it was probably for good reason. I now see that we have options to text and remind along with answering call or declining (we may have had those already, correct if I'm wrong) so my guess is that this change was likely made to free up UI space for those features. And to be fair, the contact pic is still to the right in a sizable circle, so it's not like you would have to squint to see who it is. But not everyone is the same, so I would imagine this will no longer be an issue when we receive larger screens.

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I see what you mean. I personally am in love with the new phone and decline buttons. The ones they were using in the iOS 7 debut were just too blocky and tacky. However, I too wish they would've kept the full screen contact photos for calls. But it was probably for good reason. I now see that we have options to text and remind along with answering call or declining (we may have had those already, correct if I'm wrong) so my guess is that this change was likely made to free up UI space for those features. And to be fair, the contact pic is still to the right in a sizable circle, so it's not like you would have to squint to see who it is. But not everyone is the same, so I would imagine this will no longer be an issue when we receive larger screens.

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I think that because the new call buttons are circular, which seems to warrant some uniformity around the OS, that Apple took it a step further to include incoming contact photos. Do you sync your Facebook/Twitter accounts and add that information to pre-existing contacts? That's another reason they may be circular.

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Why do people feel the need to simply post "I am downloading now!"? How in the world is that relevant/helpful to anything?

Wish I could turn off the parallax effects instead of it reducing but I got to say I love how speedy the animations are and how fast my 5s is now then before! Don't really like the boldness in the keyboard though.

Is the mail app not liking gmail on 7.1? Let me know of anyone else is having problem. I am finding this baby a whole lot faster, but I hope I can, you know, send mail and stuff.

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Seems apple can't get its devices to work right with gmail. Seems to have similar issues to what mavericks was having

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My iPhone 5s just restarted installed 7.1 and wow first think i noticed was (because i have all the animations and parallax stuff on) was how much faster it all was tap on a folder and it zooms in almost instantly unlike. The animations are so much faster you zip about

.removes always allow autocomplete in safari just like the las Mac update

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Is anybody else having this Problem where "Location Services icon is always on now" since updating to iOS 7.1.
And i have no Apps running in the Background so something is wrong.

Yes, but it will go from filled-in to outline. Filled-in means an app is currently using your location, outlined is a geofence. I notice that the icon I have is constantly outlined and that's why it won't go away so I'm guessing my iPhone is geofencing always. I don't think it displayed when an app was using geofencing pre-7.1 so that may be what's keeping the icon live in the status bar.

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I love the fact that I can resize the wallpaper when setting it, rather than having to use a 2nd app or change the UI features.

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OMG....this thing got so hot that I even got a notification from the phone saying "Temperature now, iPhone needs to cool down"
This happened right after installing the new update, I was just using the gps.
It was really, really hot.....I restarted the phone after updating though.

The location icon doesn't go off even after closing the Foursquare app. It was not so pre 7.1. Anyone facing this issue?

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Just updated 5s using iTunes for a change. Like the bolder keyboard. First thing I notice is the phone is seriously snappy. Everything loading super fast Will see what more goodies there are to enjoy.

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Touch ID does not work consistently anymore. Very bad. I see a lot of posts over at the apple support forums stating the same. Sometimes it will work other times it's like the sensor is totally shut off.

Thank you my dear engineers. I feel like i have been waiting for this .1 update for what seems like forever. Cant wait to see how my assistant performs after her new training course.

I did the update about 45 min before leaving work. It took a few tries bec I assume the servers were being hammered. It was not quite done with "preparing" when I was out the door. I assumed losing wifi would end the update but I was incorrect, it kept going and finished on the drive home. I only noticed drain so far on battery bec it undid all my settings (ie turned background updates and bt and wifi on where I leave that all off). Haven't noticed any other issues.

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Im IN LOVE with the new update!! My iPhone 4 runs a LOT smoother and its faster!! There has definitely been a lot of improvement!! THANKS APPLE!!

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Anyone having issues installing this on a iPad 4? I can't get it. Says it's still searching for update or it'll error out.

I think I'll keep my jailbreak on 7.0.6 thanks though. I'll upgrade when a jailbreak is released for 7.1. If not, then 7.0.6 works just fine for me with my jailbreak.

I'm in Canada and I thought that the update would allow me to use iTunes Radio but it is not coming up. But the last update it would come up and I would click start listening and then it would tell me that it is not available in my country. I've turned my device off and it is still not working.

I don't have many apps on my phone, but it has been updating for 30 minutes now and it says 3 hours remaining through itunes..I attempted to update OTA last night, but received error 3 times. Does it usually take this long?
ETA: This is my first iphone

Same happened to me. It said up to 9 hours. But I turned off my phone and it went down to 15 min. I did it Over the Air.

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Can I just go back to the original software? My phone has been turning off on me ever since I have iOS 7 -____-

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After doing the update, when I select any messages or anything on the settings, my phone is really slow and takes ages to go anything. It has also deleted all bar the last text message I have sent and received. I'm really frustrated!!

Updated my iPad 3 and iPhone 5s. Works great on both. The stock icons such as iBooks seem a shade to two darker which I think is better. The "Bold" selection really makes a definite change. So much as I went back and forth several times before deciding to leave it turned off. The text on the keyboards in some apps like Notes was really nice with Bold on, but the glyphs in some programs like Numbers were too bold for my taste so it left Bold off. As for the Reduce Transparency function, I found the wallpaper made that decision for me. I use it on my iPhone but not on the iPad because of the different wallpapers used. Overall I love the changes. The effects are really noticeable and thus gives the user more control on the look of their device.

Also noticing much faster load times for Pages and Numbers on the iPhone. A little faster on the same programs on the iPad. Overall a good update.

I could not update my ipad on the last 2 updateS. I keep getting, try back later) I also have a macbook pro 1 year old..I connected my ios device to itunes (latest version) and it says you cannot back up your device on this,,,I tried my old winters,put the latest itunes..It took awhile,,,thought it was going to work..Then it showed..Your device has timed out.My ipad is working fine..But what is going on with my ipad update..and my macbook not able to back it up..I have plenty of room left.

HELP! I updated my iPhone 4 with the new update iOS 7.1
I can't open FaceBook now? I checked settings & it's installed, it was working fine till I updated, everything else seams to be working fine tho? Why can't I open FaceBook now?

Love the new Calendar fix. That's HUGE for me. Like the boldness of the keyboards. Like the new call buttons. But my siri is still working the same. Anyone else noticing this? Otherwise, solid update.

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I downloaded the update on my 5s and the bottom controls on safari are gone. I can go back by swiping the screen but I can't open new pages, bookmark sites or anything. I must be missing something or the changes are so simple I don't know where to find them. Any advice?

Well well well ... Is not working for me ... I got iPhone 4s and since i updated to iOS 7.1 version my WiFi does not work ... I did all the resets bla bla bla and still does not respond.
I cant even turn on my WiFi anymore.
C c c c c c ...

I updated to the iOs.71 last weekend.i now cant open my Facebook App on my Ipad 2 . It just goes back to the desktop display.. All of the other icons work fine.. Help!

Ever since I updated to iOS7.1 my sound has been very wonky. When I take my phone off of vibrate, the sound doesnt work, if im getting a call or my alarm goes off it does but if im trying to play music outloud it doesnt work unless I place it onto a dock than take it off while the music is playing. It works with my headphones in though. Other than that, everything is fine.

My daughter has the IP 4 32gb and she just updated to the latest update, and today while driving she plugged her phone in to listen to the music on her phone and we get a connecting message, it never loaded. She tried my IP 4 that I have not updated yet, and it loaded fine and played my music. Please advise. Is it the update? Can she go back to the previous software, and not have the latest update?

Siri has clearly been re-engineered. Unfortunately, it fails every time I ask it to "read my text." On the other hand, it will speedily reply to, "what time is it?" "Set a timer for 20 minutes" or "what's the weather outside?" Seems that many things are no longer going out to Apple's server, but are being processed locally. On the other hand, the inability to read text messages is a real hassle. I use this feature all the time with earbuds while I am riding my bicycle. Oddly enough, it will send out text messages, just fine. But when someone replies, I can't find out what they have said without looking at the phone.

i went to update my iphone 4 today and I cant get it to go past the plug in part. I plugged it in and it still wont. its really annoying since I use my phone all day. now I have to go ot the iphone store after I get off work. maybe it's me. who knows.

I have a wifi-only iPad4, which is now rendered useless because iOS 7.1 has broken the wifi sync! If you haven't gotten this upgrade yet, stay away from it!

What happened to the old mail-search in ios 7.1. Now there is only one entry for search, before I could search for from, subject, body text, etc. Is there any suggestion either to fix it or to get around?

Has anyone else had issues with emails downloading as they come in? Since the latest download I have to tap the email icon on both my iPhone 5 and my iPad for the messages to update. Before the email icon always had a running total.