14 hidden features in iOS 7.1
By Jeffrey Van Camp
It's been six months since iOS 7 became available, and while we certainly had more than a few problems with it along the way, we generally like Apple's latest iOS offering. Now, iOS 7's first major update, 7.1, is available for download, and while the .1 update doesn't come packed with nearly as many new features, it does include several noticeable enhancements that is sure to make iOS feel better than ever.
You can finally use (or not use) CarPlay
Sure, Apple debuted CarPlay ahead of iOS 7.1's release, but it remains the marquee feature of the update. Introduced earlier this month, CarPlay allows you to connect your iOS device to your car, letting you use Apple Maps, GPS, Siri, Phone calling, iMessage, and iTunes, from your dashboard, among other things. Even so, there are concerned groups that believe CarPlay takes emphasis away from the act of driving. Time will tell whether these groups are justified in their concerns, but it's certainly something to look out for.
You can turn off animations
With iOS 7, Apple gave you the option of reducing the motion effect that allowed for the transition animations and for the home screen to give off a 3D look to it. By turning on Reduce Motion, the parallax feature would be turned off, but so would the transition animations. With iOS 7.1, you can now just turn off parallax while keeping transition animations intact. When selecting a new background, toggle Perspective Zoom off and voila. In addition, the Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations.
You can tell Siri when you're done talking
For UK and Australian English, Japanese, and Mandarin languages, Siri now sounds more natural and calmer rather than the stilted tone people in these countries were accustomed to hearing. American English already got a taste of this more natural-sounding Siri with iOS 7. A more generally-available feature of Siri, however, is a new option to speak to it. You can hold down the home button to begin talking, and when you're finished, release the home button. This is an alternative to Siri's status quo, which had it automatically notice when you finished talking.
You can now enable HDR Auto
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