iOS 7.1 makes British Siri more human, and female!

iOS 7.1 makes British Siri more human, and female!

Richard Devine:

iOS 7.1 brought many things for many people, but for us British folks Siri got a noticeable update. Until now, we’ve been given only one choice for how Siri sounds over here; the robotic sounding male. With iOS 7.1 a few regions, the UK included, got improvements to the quality of the voice feedback. Oh, and we also got a female voice for the first time ever!

It seems like a small thing, but the changes have made interacting with Siri should you be using UK English as your language more enjoyable. And I don’t know, but I’ve always thought of Siri as a more female entity anyway, so it’s good we get that choice now as well!

Agreed. I’ve always thought of Siri as a female entity ever since her introduction in the U.S. I will be testing Siri in the next couple of weeks to see if the service is more reliable now that there has been an update. Head over into Settings on your iPhone or iPad and try the new voice for Siri..

iOS 7.1 Makes the iPhone 4 Snappier

iOS 7.1 Makes the iPhone 4 Snappier

Jordan Golson:

As Ars notes, iOS 7.1 may well be the final major iOS release for the iPhone 4, as Apple generally removes support for the last generation of iPhones when it releases a new operating system each year. Ars says iOS 7.1 makes the experience good enough that using the iPhone 4 is no longer “unbearable”, but that there are “unmistakable” benefits to moving to a faster phone.

If you have an iPhone 4, this update is a welcome one but bear in mind you should start thinking about upgrading it soon.

Apple releases iOS 7.1 with multiple improvements

Apple releases iOS 7.1 with multiple improvements

MacUser:

FaceTime call notifications are now synced via iCloud, so that they are automatically wiped on all devices when you answer a call, and the iPhone 5s’ camera can now be set to take HDR photographs automatically. There are also new ‘more natural sounding male and female voices’ for Siri in various languages, including UK English. And in Calendar, Events are now displayed in Month view.

There is a noticable speed increase as well when jumping in and out of applications, random crashes have apparently been fixed and subtle changes have been made to the user interface. A worthy update and as others have commented, 6 months overdue.

On your iPhone and or iPad, go to Settings, General, Software Update to commence the update if it hasn’t already prompted you to.

Fixes & Improvements Coming in iOS 7.1

Since iOS 7 was introduced in September last year, it is widley acknowledged that users have been suffering from bugs that has caused our iPhones and iPads to crash every so often which I touched on previously.

There is good news however, as Apple is working on a software update which is currently in beta testing with developers and here at MacTap we highlight the currently known changes and fixes coming:

New Siri Voices

New more “natural-sounding” voices for Australian English, U.K. English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese have apparently been added to the latest beta which should make the current Siri voice sound a little bit less robotic.

Changes to the UI for the Phone App

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As you can see the call and to end call button is now green or red which tweaks the UI. This is different to the button currently on iOS 7.0 which shows wording instead of this colour coded button.

Tweaks to Lockscreen

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This could indicate system wide changes but at the moment, this picture shows a ‘power’ button to slide across just for the lock screen where as at the moment on iOS 7, there is just wording to indicate to slide to power off.

Other Changes

The Calendar app has been improved as well as system wide speed improvements and bug fixes which should hopefully eradicate the crashes which according to early reports, is the case.

MacRumors also report:

Release notes from the first iOS 7.1 beta indicated that the update fixes network connection issues in addition to other bugs. The beta also included a new Yahoo logo, extra burst mode uploading options for the camera, and an option for a “dark keyboard” in the Accessibility section.

According to the iOS 7.1 beta 2 release notes, this update fixes several bugs, including one that caused all tones to sound like the default. The settings for Touch ID and Passcodes have also been moved from General settings to the main settings menu and Calendar has a new list view toggle.

There’s a new “Button Shapes” option that can be turned on to indicate where tappable areas are located. Animations appear to be faster in iOS 7.1 beta 2 and Control Center has gained a new bounce animation and music labels that show the audio source.

Keyboard:

The keyboard in iOS 7 has been slightly tweaked to make it clearer when shift keys and caps lock are enabled.

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Icons:

The green color in the Phone, Messages, and FaceTime apps has been toned down and is now darker, especially at the bottom of the icons. This introduces a less neon coloration to iOS 7, cutting down on some of the operating system’s brightness.

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According to various sources, Apple is expected to release this update to all users later this month or early in March.