Apple’s iOS 7.1 update, the first major update to its new operating system, will reportedly be released within the next week. According to John Gruber at Daring Fireball, sources indicate that iOS 7.1 is required for devices to stream Apple’s iTunes Festival, taking place at SXSW. A dedicated app for iPhones and iPads has yet to be released, due to the requirement of iOS 7.1.
On the list of individuals who have connections to Apple employees, Gruber is at the top of the list. The release of iOS 7.1 in the coming week is also in line with what many previous reports have suggested. iOS 7.1 is Apple’s first major update to what has been a massive change to their mobile operating system. An Apple spokesperson has previously confirmed that an upcoming software update would fix a bug that can ‘occasionally cause a home screen crash’. It’s still too early to tell if iOS 7.1 will fix the continuous crashing and solve problems with apps refreshing when users engage multitasking.
Apple released iOS 7.1 beta 5 to developers on February 5th. New releases had following a pattern of roughly two weeks between new betas. Having not released an update in nearly a month, it appears Apple is ready to declare iOS 7.1 beta 5 or an internal build as GM (golden master). That release appears to be on track for sometime soon, possibly this week.
Source: Daring Fireball