iOS 7.1 launching in March 2014 following lengthy development period?

ios 7According to BGR, Apple has seeded iOS 7.1 beta 3 to testing partners hot on the heels of the developer access to iOS 7.1 beta 2. BGR’s sources also state an expected public release of iOS 7.1 as March 2014.

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.

A March launch for iOS 7.1 would mark over four months of testing as the first iOS 7.1 beta was seeded to developers in mid-November. Earlier in 2013, Apple released its iOS 6.1 update in January, though its iOS 5.1 update arrived in March 2012 so a March release is not unprecedented.

Beta 3 is said to bring important bug fixes as well as some new features, although BGR’s source was “uncomfortable” with revealing any specifics. iOS 7.1 will be the first major update to iOS 7 and is expected to bring several accessibility improvements as well as potential support for iOS in the Car support.

BGR’s track record for iOS predictions has been inconsistent in the past, so you might want to take this news with a pinch of salt for now.

I for one am excited for the release of iOS 7.1. iOS 7 was a marked change from any version of iOS before it and, in creating it in such a limited time, Apple has seemingly left many things to correct in the future.

Are you hoping to see iOS 7.1 sooner than March? What new features would you like to see? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter: @TodaysiPhone.

Via: MacRumors

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  • DrewPage

    Adam, what features does iOS 7.1 add?  I can’t think of anything specific I’d like to see.  Bug fixes are always welcome of course.  An official Apple weather app for iPad would be welcome as well.

  • squiggs77

    I would like some changes to the weather in the today view.
    I would love to be able to set a different weather app as default. Although Yahoo! probably has some sort of agreement against that.
    I would also like it if the today view’s weather info was a bit more detailed. Like always having the current temp would be nice rather than just: ‘The high today was 68’.
    Lastly, at the bottom of the ‘today’ view it shows a tomorrow summary for the calendar. I would also like tomorrow’s weather forecast down there.

    I think all of those things would make it more useful to many people who’s weather can very greatly from day to day.

  • adamoram

    I don’t know for sure as I don’t have developer access but we did a round up of changes in beta 2 here:

  • adamoram

    Some good suggestions there. It’s a hard balance to strike between glancability and information density. It would at least be nice to be able to customize what is shown there.

  • roadrunnervic88

    I would love to see pictures with messages, kinda like group messages but with single messages and on the messages list