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Apple releases iOS 7.1 with homescreen crash fix, CarPlay support, and improved TouchID

Apple today released iOS 7.1, adding support for its new CarPlay automobile integration, manual control for Siri voice commands and better TouchID support. The company also claimed to have fixed a bug that caused the homescreen to crash, which should hopefully address the issue where iOS devices randomly restart themselves.

CarPlay, which launched earlier this month, allows a car’s in-dash system to control the Phone, Music, Maps, Messages and third-party audio apps.

The new Siri feature now lets you activate Siri while holding the button down so that it will stop listening once you let go. Siri also includes “more natural sounding” voices for Chinese, UK English, Australian English and Japanese.

iOS 7.1 includes minor updates to iTunes Radio, Calendar and Accessibility, as well as subtle changes to the user interface. The iPhone 5s can now automatically enable HDR, and the iPhone 4 should have better performance.

In advance of the iOS 7.1 release, Apple pushed out iOS 7.0.6 in late February in order to address a serious SSL bug that exposed users to potential attack.

Here’s the iOS 7.1 change log from Apple:

CarPlay

Siri

iTunes Radio

Calendar

Accessibility

Miscellaneous

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