iOS 7.1 has been in beta for what seems like an age. So far, we’ve had 5 betas of the software that build on the radical changes with iOS 7. It has a few major design tweaks here and there – on the Lock Screen and Phone apps for instance – and is said to finally include iOS in the Car and has high quality Siri voices for other countries outside the U.S.
According to AppleInsider‘s sources, it’s due to be release on, or around the 15th of March. And it’s said to include a new, and extensive, device management feature.
“An unverified source reported to AppleInsider that Apple is working with a select few MDM vendors and institutional clients on efforts to improve iOS managed deployment, and that those improvements are currently set to ship as part of iOS 7.1 “around March 15.” While only a vague date was offered in regard to the release, the person did provide concrete information on Apple’s mass device deployment initiative, including new never-before-seen features.”
This new “mass device deployment” feature is aimed specifically at large companies and schools. It will allow them to rollout a large number of iPhones and iPads to staff or students and be able to mass-manage them. It will allow those in charge to do things like disabling the cameras, blocking websites, controlling which apps are installed and setting up profiles. iOS 7.1 will also plug a hole that allowed students to bypass school-set restrictions.
As for all the other changes, you can check out our what’s new posts below:
- What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 1
- What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 2
- What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 3
- What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 4
- What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 5
From previous rumors, we were already expecting a public release at some point in March. We’ve also been expecting somewhere around 6-7 different beta releases, so we could yet see another one, or at least a Golden Master before the official release at some point next month.