Apple updates iOS 7 with improved fingerprint reader and CarPlay
Current iPhone and iPad users will have an update awaiting them when they login to their favorite devices this afternoon. This marks the first major update that Apple has reeled since the company revamped the UI of it’s devices with iOS 7.
The new upgrade won’t be as dramatic as 7.0 but will add improved reliability of the fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S and will add a few bug-fixes and other improvements found on Apple’s mobile products.
Apple claims that the improved TouchID sensor will be more reliable, the sensor was one of the major changes brought to customers with the introduction of the 5S, but one that hasn’t exactly won over the majority of the Apple community.
Another improvement is set to fix the frequency at which the iOS platform crashes and restarts from an App failure, while Siri will receive a major overhaul.
With the new update customers can simply hold down the home button and start speaking to Siri right away, previously customers would hit the home-button, wait for Siri to kick-on, then request information or to give a commando to the AI.
Changes to the camera will add a new feature that will allow the device to auto-detect High-Dynamic Range (HDR) allowing the camera to automatically enable the feature for better photos.
CarPlay was only announced this month and is already initiated in the update. “CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”
Apple has led consumer technology integration in the car for more than a decade. CarPlay brings your car and iPhone together for a thoughtful experience that lets drivers focus on driving, while also tapping into everything they want to do with their iPhone.
Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call.