For the most part, Apple’s iOS 7.1 is a welcome software update, bringing with it increased stability and relief from random crashes that plagued earlier versions. What is seemingly a yearly occurrence with either major or point releases, the trade-off appears to come in reduced battery life. Apple’s support forums are filled with folks suffering reduced battery life. These typically get resolved with successive releases, but that doesn’t help those who recently upgraded. If you’re suffering iOS 7.1 battery drain, here a few tips on how to fix it or at a minimum, optimize your current battery life.
One of the smaller features in iOS 7.1 is the ability to manually control when Siri listens. In previous versions of iOS, you would press and hold the home button to summon Siri. Once you hear the familiar chime, you’d let go of the home button and speak your request. What followed was either a quick recognition that you were finished with your request or a slight delay, which could result in extraneous sounds muddling your question. Sure you can edit your Siri questions, but in many ways, that defeats the purpose of a voice activated assistant. So in iOS […]
A new features in iOS 7.1 allows you to modify the user interface of your entire phone, bringing back iOS 6-like buttons in Apple’s new operating system. When Apple released iOS 7, there were mixed responses to the new clean and positively stark interface. The abundance of white space coupled with a new text-based UI made it difficult to distinguish between navigation elements and on-screen content. With the release of iOS 7.1, Apple now offers an option to set a background to the text elements, which creates buttons in most of your apps, including third party applications. Apple has once […]
Multitasking is nothing new to iOS, though iOS 7 did bring a new ‘cards’ view that provides a window preview of what’s happening within the app. The process for entering multitasking remains the same, double-click the home button and select your app. For many users, they rely daily on this functionality to work between apps, so you could describe it as vital for productivity. For example, you might be writing an email in the Mail app and looking to copy text from Safari. A lengthy forum discussion on Apple’s support forums describes many users who are experiencing a problem in […]