ios_7_iconPrevious rumors have indicated the first major update to iOS 7, iOS 7.1, will be released to the public in March after a testing period that initially began in November. AppleInsider today echoed those rumors with a report suggesting the release could come towards the middle of the month.

Citing an "unverified source," the site specifically points to a March 15 release date, which is highly unlikely as it falls on a Saturday. A mid-March release date that falls near the 15th of the month is in line with previous March rumors, however.

AppleInsider's source suggests the release of iOS 7.1 is tied to the completion of new Mobile Device Management options designed to allow corporate and educational organizations to manage large numbers of devices.

The source stated Apple's iOS 7.1 would include "over-the-air supervision, allowing iOS administrators to fully manage devices without the need for the much maligned Apple Configurator," allowing organizations to instead deploy iOS devices via an MDM server.

Improvements to MDM options are said to include methods to prevent students from bypassing restrictions installed on school issued devices, a problem that surfaced after students in the L.A. school district were able to delete management profiles from their iPads back in September.

Apple has thus far provided five iOS 7.1 betas to developers, with the most recent beta released on February 4. Along with the rumored improvements to Mobile Device Management options, iOS 7.1 also offers a number of visual tweaks including revamped shift and caps locks keys on the keyboard, refined icons for the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps, and a new look for several aspects of the Phone dialer.

Details on features in past beta releases can be found in our previous beta posts: Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4 and Beta 5.

Update: AppleInsider has clarified that the release date is "around March 15" rather than on March 15 itself.

Top Rated Comments

umbilical Avatar
104 months ago
airdrop between ios and os x please!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tar Sniffer Avatar
104 months ago
Just release 7.1 with the big fixes. They can release new features afterwards at whatever timeframe they want.

I'm sick of these crashes and glitches.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb098 Avatar
104 months ago
Hope this is totally false. The crashes on 64 bit devices is unacceptable and they're holding it up for some stupid education feature?? They could ad that in a 0.1 update.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Flying Kite Avatar
104 months ago
Hope this is totally false. The crashes on 64 bit devices is unacceptable and they're holding it up for some stupid education feature?? They could ad that in a 0.1 update.

They are adding it in a 0.1 update. :D
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ingot Avatar
104 months ago
Can't wait for this update. Anything that can improve the iPads at my workplace (a school) will be welcome news indeed. I am getting a little tired of dealing with problems on the iPads mostly created by staff doing something that they shouldn't be doing. The kids are fine, it is the staff that can't seem to let the machine do its magic like it is supposed to.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BillyMatt87 Avatar
104 months ago
Looking forward to it but...

...Apple should fix the new (and unnecessary) UI tweaks that they made to the Phone app (the smaller and circular buttons that waste screen space and reducing a contact picture in a call to a tiny thumbnail). Other than that, 7.1 is a small step in the right direction.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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