Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released the iOS 7.1.1 firmware update for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models Tuesday, which addresses a keyboard-related issue while also improving the performance of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor featured in the iPhone 5s.
The iOS 7.1.1 update, which is labeled as build 11D201, is now available through Software Update in the Settings application (Settings > General > Software Update) on supported devices running iOS 7. The firmware package varies between 15MB and 30MB in size depending on the device and the version of iOS installed. According to the official documentation accompanying the update, the new firmware version contains “improvements, bug fixes and security updates.”
Here is the full changelog, provided by Apple:
- Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
- Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
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- Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled
With iOS 7.1.1, Apple has also brought a set of security updates that includes a fix for an issue where “an attacker with a privileged network position may capture data or change the operations performed in sessions protected by SSL.” The Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a common protocol for managing the security of messages sent over the Internet.
For more information on the security content of iOS 7.1.1, click here.
According to iDownloadBlog, Touch ID recognition is now noticeably faster than before. However, users may need to re-register their fingerprints to allow Touch ID to recognize them faster in iOS 7.1.1.
In addition, the new iOS 7 version includes the “In-App Purchases” label, which appears under the Price/Download button of applications, allowing users to know from the get-go if they will have to make further purchases after installing a particular app onto their devices.
Although the new feature currently seems to be applicable for the Top Charts section of the App Store, it is expected to be rolled out to the entire store as well, iDownloadBlog reported.
In terms of the next major update to iOS, dubbed iOS 8, Apple is expected to introduce it at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, which is scheduled to kick off on June 2. According to reports, iOS 8 could be unveiled with a keynote presentation at the event.
Concern For Jailbreak Users
While users of devices running iOS 7.1 can update their products, those who are still on iOS 7.0.x and want to preserve their jailbreaks are recommended not to install the new firmware, because they will not be able to downgrade again to regain the jailbreak.
MuscleNerd, a well-known iOS jailbreak developer, also urged his followers to stay away from iOS 7.1.1 for now.
84% of the fixes in today's 7.1.1 were not Apple. 16 of the 19 were webkit http://t.co/j91ggqxFiV . JBers stay away from it though!
— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) April 22, 2014
Users can also connect their devices to a PC or Mac and apply the update through iTunes. Here are the official download links: