Apple iOS 7.1 reportedly launching by end-March

By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 08, 2014 08:59 AM EST

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Apple will reportedly launch its new iOS 7.1 by the end of March, adding a slew of tweaks and improvements.

The company has recently started seeding the latest iOS 7.1 Beta 5 to developers so they could test the new software and find potential bugs that may be marring the experience.

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If you've been patiently waiting for the updated iOS 7.1, apparently you don't have too long of a wait ahead. According to a new report from Apple-centric publication 9to5Mac, iOS 7.1 will make its debut by the end of next month.

"While recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7, in March," 9to5Mac reports.

"The iOS 7.1 update is said to not have any 'secret features,' and it will basically be what we have been told to expect by the first five betas: some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes. It wouldn't be surprising for Apple to talk iOS 7.1 at an event in March (a month in which Apple has held events in the past), which would possibly be centered around the next-generation Apple TV."

The update is expected to bring notable improvements, enhancing the overall iOS experience. Apple has yet to announce when it will release its new iOS 7.1 version, so it is highly advisable to take such reports with a grain of salt for now. While 9to5Mac's report is plausible and the publication has a good track record when it comes to all-things-Apple, it's always best to wait for official confirmation.

If 9to5Mac proves to be right and Apple does showcase its upcoming iOS 7.1 in March, we'll soon know all about it. We'll be covering the event and bring you up to speed with any new announcements, including the much-rumored Apple TV, if that's the case.

Apple is also expected to unveil several new products this year, including its first iWatch and a larger iPad that would challenge Samsung's recently-launched Galaxy Pro tablets, but nothing is confirmed for now.



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