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iOS 7.1 Launching in March Following Lengthy Testing Period?

ios_7_iconApple has seeded a new build of iOS 7.1 to its "testing partners" or carriers, reports BGR, with a public release of the software set to come in March. A March launch of iOS 7.1 would mark more than four months of testing, as the first iOS 7.1 beta was seeded to developers in mid-November. iOS 7.1 beta 2, the version currently available to developers, was released in mid-December.

Lengthy development periods are not unheard of – before Mavericks, OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion was tested over a period of three months, from June to September.

The current version of iOS, iOS 7.0.4, was released on November 14. If an iOS 7.1 release is not planned until March, it is likely that Apple will release iOS 7.0.5 in the interim, though MacRumors has seen no sign of the software in recent logs. iOS updates frequently, though not always, show up in our site analytics.

As the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch, iOS 7.1 is expected to include multiple bug fixes along with new accessibility options in the form of "Button Shapes" and potential support for iOS in the Car. Given the minor updates bundled into iOS 7.1, it is unclear why such a lengthy testing period is necessary. Last year, Apple released its iOS 6.1 update in January, though its iOS 5.1 update also came in March in 2012.
Apple has begun seeding a new build of iOS 7.1 to testing partners, we have learned from a trusted source. iOS 7.1 beta 3 is said to bring several important bug fixes in addition to some new features, though our source was uncomfortable detailing these for us at this time.
While BGR has made accurate predictions on iOS 7 launch dates ahead of the software's final release, the site also made a few erroneous predictions.

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10 months ago
"it is unclear why such a lengthy testing period is necessary"

Because iOS 7 is buggy as *****.

I love Apple, but I've been underwhelmed by iOS 7 overall. The Music app in particular is terrible. It's missing features that the previous version had and I feel like I run into a new bug every time I use it.
Rating: 22 Votes
10 months ago
BREAKING NEWS

After taking note of extensive criticism on macrumors.com, Apple will be rolling back to the iOS 6-style UI in 7.1b3.

iOS 7.1 will retain the control centre and all other new features, but the appearance of icons and app navigational controls will change.

According to a source close to Apple's engineering team, the long delay in releasing 7.1 is to allow for additional testing and give developers time to update their apps to use traditional "glossy" UI elements rather than the "flat" style which has been erroneously used in iOS 7 up until now.

The anticipated release date is April 1st, 2014.
Rating: 20 Votes
10 months ago
neh...if there is 7.0.5..you know it's going to be that "security" patch..ahem...jb.
Rating: 13 Votes
10 months ago
March?!
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
Wow. Another 3 months with a buggy user experience? 2 iPhone 5S' and an iPad Air here. All 3 frequently crash. Going to lose a lot of confidence in Apple if they don't fix this before then. We've already been dealing with the crashes for 2 months, and earlier versions had iMessage problems. In the last 6 months Apple has had a ton of SW issues. 10.8.5 rollout, Apple TV update, iOS 7 (iMessages, crashes), bought a new Retina 13" MBP and the keyboard would randomly stop working, Mail app is still kinda sucky and slow on Mavericks...Haven't had a good UI with Apple products lately. This will make almost HALF of the iPhone 5S' year at the top a crash prone mess.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
7.0.5 will come first and patch the jailbreak.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago
Let them fix the crap that iOS 7 is. We aren't free beta testers.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Biggest wishes in addition to bug fixes obviously:

1. MOST IMPORTANT: Music.app update with Remote.app UI and features, such as blurred artwork backgrounds and Up Next support:



This is essential. The Music.app is infuriating especially since Apple's own Remote.app is essentially exactly the same but just much more beautiful and with the play queue. REALLY PRAY FOR THIS!

2. Dark keyboard option back, better still a dark theme (black toolbars instead of white). Or perhaps a dark theme on black iPhones. Whatever; the white is too stark for my tastes and apps with dark themes look amazing.

3. Quick Reply messages like Mavericks. Doesn't need to wait until iOS 8.

These things could all easily appear in 7.1. The Dark keyboard was in Beta 1, so it could easily return; Quick Reply is already in Mavericks, and is definitely something that could appear in a point release. And the Remote.app is proof Apple has the code for a more colourful, adaptive music app and Up Next is sorely missed especially when it's so brilliantly implemented in the Remote.app and iTunes for Mac.

Come on Apple, do us proud with these three new features to really help make iOS 7 the very best operating system. :)
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

BREAKING NEWS

After taking note of extensive criticism on macrumors.com, Apple will be rolling back to the iOS 6-style UI in 7.1b3.

iOS 7.1 will retain the control centre and all other new features, but the appearance of icons and app navigational controls will change.

According to a source close to Apple's engineering team, the long delay in releasing 7.1 is to allow for additional testing and give developers time to update their apps to use traditional "glossy" UI elements rather than the "flat" style which has been erroneously used in iOS 7 up until now.

The anticipated release date is April 1st, 2014.


Haha! So true! IOS 7 is ugly as hell, not user friendly, incoherent and full of inconsistencies, not to mention buggy like no other Apple product has ever been before. Technologically speaking, its way ahead of the competition. UI and UX wise... A huge step back...
Loved the anticipated release date :D
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

You mean you actually like crayon icons?


Love them!!!!!!!!
Rating: 3 Votes

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