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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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9 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
9 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
9 months ago
neh...if there is 7.0.5..you know it's going to be that "security" patch..ahem...jb.
Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago
March?!
Rating: 11 Votes
9 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
9 months ago
7.0.5 will come first and patch the jailbreak.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
Let them fix the crap that iOS 7 is. We aren't free beta testers.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
Not sure I want to live with springboard crashing 50% of the time I enter multitasking until MARCH
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
I hope I can finally sync my music to my iPhone again... :mad:
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
MARCH?!

I'm averaging 2 resprings/crashes a week on my iPhone 5S... pls fix. :(
Rating: 3 Votes

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