New report suggests iOS 7.1 may not be released until March

By , Dec 23, 2013

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Following the release of iOS 7.1 beta 2 to developers last week, BGR is reporting that Apple has seeded a new build of the software update to carrier partners. It’s unclear when Apple will push the new beta to devs, but the site says a public release is still months away.

Citing a ‘trusted source,’ BGR’s Jonathan Geller reports that Apple plans to rollout iOS 7.1 in March of next year. That means we’re still a roughly 3 months out, and that the update would’ve been in testing for more than 4 months—a fairly long time for a ‘.1′ release…

Here’s Geller with the details:

“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.”

It’s tough to gauge the likelihood of Geller’s report from previous .1 releases. Last year, Apple pushed out iOS 6.1 to the public in late January, but in 2012, 5.1 landed in early March. It’s also tough to gauge accuracy on BGR’s track record, which has been hit-or-miss.

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That being said, an extended testing period like this isn’t too unlikely for Apple, especially given how rushed iOS 7 was. Also keep in mind that 7.1 is expected to add a major new feature: iOS in the Car—something that Geller says could be playing a factor in the delay.

As the first major update to iOS 7, iOS 7.1 is believed to include bug fixes, performance improvements and some new features. But if Apple is really going to wait until March to release it, you have to wonder what else it’s working on. Perhaps new or refreshed hardware?

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  • chumawumba

    Who cares? I’m happy with my jailbreak, except for the fact that Saurik won’t get out of bed and fix MobileSubstrate

    • jocastro

      patience

      • Carlos Gomes

        Hey! I usually think that you’re an asshole, but this was nice of you. Must be the christmas spirit :)

    • RarestName

      Patience.

    • Hassan Walid

      Patience

      • Windy Joseph

        patience old sport

    • Question

      Patience young jailbreaker it will all come once you learn the ways of Saurik.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        jaja agrreed

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      pateience

    • pnh

      Pretty sure it’s going to take a little longer than usual. He’s probably pissed that he was the the last to find out about the Jailbreak.

      • Craig Craig

        Yeah but that has nothing to do with the people that are affected by that whole thing so he won’t drag his feet because he’s mad or irritated that he was not told.

    • kevin chang

      patience

    • bobism

      real talk

    • nonchalont

      Patience young Chumawumba. Jailbreak comes with great responsibility and courtesy.

    • Jonathan

      Now I wanna say patience..

    • Pixel Perfect

      Um…Saurik can’t fix anything until evad3rs push an update to untether…we don’t have kernel patches properly installed
      Saurik HAS AN iOS 7 BINARY FOR MS, but it doesn’t work with evasi0n7′s untether

  • Sean Clark

    Jailbreak or not, if they plan to sit on stability improvements for three months just to get out a feature the majority of users cannot use, then that seems ridiculous.

  • aphunex

    If this is true.. it’s ok that the evad3rs released evasi0n7 insteed of waiting for iOS 7.1

    • Jeroen Claassens

      true, pretty good news considering this

  • Leviscus Tempris

    Wow. iOS 7 just got jailbroke and with a patch that should be minor that was supposed to be no longer than a month away just got pushed back to March. I’m going to assume that this rushed Jailbreak 7 was a key factor in Apple’s decision. It wouldn’t be the only one but mark these words this means iOS 7.1 will be a jailbreak killer. Just fact. That much time Apple has got to focus a team on blocking the new jack.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Maybe…maybe not. Pure speculation.

    • Windy Joseph

      hmm, that was my first thought.

    • Vince Reedy

      Who’s to say Evaders didn’t sandbag some exploits and are confident 7.1 wouldn’t wreck the JB. The beta is out and I’m sure they looked at it. Of course you could say 7.1 does kill it and they wanted to get it in as many people’s hands as possible before 7.1 comes out. 50/50 at this point. Just enjoy it and stay away from 7.1 until further notice. I only jailbroke for xbmc on my ipad. iOS 7 is pretty darn good by itself. The tweaks for the iPhone are only for playing around for me. Nothing that is a must have.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        At this time 7.1 Beta does not break the Jailbreak per Evaders team. However this delay only wand that once it’s public it most likely will break Evasion7

      • Freddy Born

        this doesnt mean shit. why would they have closed an exploit in beta 2 when there was no jb at release? I am sure the jb will be fixed with beta 3 or beta 4.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Exactly!

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I agree! Besides all I wanted was device file access!

      • Vince Reedy

        True there, I forgot to mention iFile and openssh as must haves also.

      • Drake

        Does xbmc work?

      • Vince Reedy

        Works on my iPad air

    • Alex Marwaha

      How come none of the tweaks i download are working? They say the all are compatible with iOS 7. For example swipetorespring doesn’t work.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        What kind of phone do you have? I know you have the iPhone

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Do your research before installing any jailbreak at this time! There are many tweaks out there that you can install the word regardless of whether they’re compatible or not but remember that the default repose do a good job of monitoring which tweaks or iOS 7 ready and which ones are not. Keeping this in mind, do not forget to research multiple compatibility list as they are updated at different times and make sure that you have multiple websites verifying that they work before installation! Personally I’m keeping it simple until I see that my favorite ones work.

      • ConduciveMammal

        It’s quite possible that they work through MobileSubstrate. It doesn’t matter how compatible the tweak is, if it doesn’t work well with MS then there’s nothing anyone except Saurik can do about it

  • Caleb Youngblood

    I’m so happy now that i can change those ugly iOS 7 icons

    • Leviscus Tempris

      It’s bliss! Although I like the flat theme and am doing the opposite! Although I do my themes by hand and not through winter board. If done right themes take time and patience but theme tweaks take a 30-40% hit on battery life and performance.

  • Leviscus Tempris

    I know this isn’t the place to post this but I’ve updated my own icons to Cydia and iFile. Who likes or doesn’t? I’m looking at making my own Cydia app icon that uses a similar color scheme but with the old icon design.

    • Windy Joseph

      wow very nice, how did you that old sport?
      you should definitely submit Idk how, but you should

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I wish but iDB doesn’t have a submit area like that! I couldn’t wait but what I did was used my email, computer, paint.NET, and iFile to modify the icons manually and deleted the *.iconcache folder before a reboot and they work perfect!

      • RarestName

        uicache

      • Leviscus Tempris

        That’s a well designed way to do it. I prefer manual modification. That’s the best way to keep a smooth running iPhone!

      • Jonathan

        If you created a video, I would be most grateful.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I’ll post a link to my page soon so that when the video is made you can get it ASAP! If anything find me on Facebook and message me about it! Then I’ll just suggest the page to you and you can get all the details!

    • Guest

      Can you upload a screenshot??

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Click or tap the blue box below my comment!

    • Stefano

      I like the way you think!

    • Jonathan

      OMG please tell me how you changed Cydia!!!!! I kept trying but it wouldn’t worked!!!

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Manually changed the icons with iFile. I’ve decided to create my own “iOS 7 Jailbreak App Icon Set” and release it with a tutorial. If interested Ill be making a page for it on Facebook. “Leviscus Tempris” is my name and I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions there too!

        Basically all I did was use iFile to change it. The path is /var/stash/Applications.PdfsPg/Cydia.app for the icons it’ll be easy to find them. I just zipped and emailed them to myself. But they showed up as empty files for me. Didn’t matter though I was just replacing them.

      • Jonathan

        Yep. I did that last night. Didn’t change the icon. :/ I tried iconClassic.png, icon.png, and icon@2x.png. Nothing. Which one did you change?

    • Abdl

      Dude how did u do that?! Its so much better than the normal ugly cydia icon

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Thank you! You can find me on Facebook and Twitter! Just DM me and let me know your interested in the package I’ll be releasing soon! I plan on redesigning the art content for Jailbreak Apps and releasing how to tutorials to avoid theme tweaks like Winterboard that only slow down your device more and by now are severely broken with each iOS update!

      • Leviscus Tempris

        If your interested follow more new icons at the new facebook page: Jailbreak Fx Package

    • Alec

      I don’t know if it’s just me, but is the current version of Winterboard breaking spotlight search? I know it’s not fully supported on iOS 7, just curious if it’s happening to anyone else.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I stay away from winter board. Running it means that your phone is loading bit only default images but the themes as well. To be best at it I’d install tweaks and theme them myself by photoshopping said files and replacing them using iFile. At this time all jailbreak tweaks must be taken with severe caution and research!!! There’s many people already doing this and learning the hard way. There’s no reason to use broken code! Save yourself and your phone and to answer your question: no, winter board is currently being updated by Saurik who has been able to get it running just not stable and released yet for iOS 7!

    • Jeroen Claassens

      Hm in my opinion, don’t drop the brown on Cydia. The brown really fits it. Aside from the fact that Cydia is based of the apple infesting moth which is also brown…

      So a brown/white combo would be nicer I think

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I was thinking that as well

      • Jeroen Claassens

        And as a matter of fact, I saw such an icon before somewhere but god knows where :

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Google! I do not claim either icons! I’m just using the iFile’s new official version and a Cydia concept image from google search. It’s a proof of concept for when I make my own icon to see if it’s a color theme people would wasn’t over the brown color.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Jailbreak Fx Package is on Facebook now!

        Join the effort as myself and others customize iOS 7 from the inside out!

    • Jeroen Claassens

      can you perhaps tweet the icons to @iDownloadBlog asking them to sort of upload them or something? That might be the best way…

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Amazing idea! I’ll do that soon! I’ll post as I go. Follow me @LeviscusTempris and suggest jailbreak app icons to remake and ill package them as I go and do just that! Great idea! Thank you.

      • Jeroen Claassens

        Following. That picture doesn’t look like the one you use on disqus at all btw o_o (just saying)

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Thanks! I haven’t been on. Here for a bit!

    • Leviscus Tempris

      For anyone interested in my work to come I will be packaging a bug free way of retheming soon and will be posting it on both Twitter and Facebook. Leviscus Tempris is my name on there as well and I will be making YouTube videos as I go in the coming week! As I get more going I will be posting and submitting the work to I download blog. Hopefully they will like the work as well!

  • Damian W

    so for almost 4 months we could freely re-restore our devices. Awesome.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Yep. +1

    • Stefano

      Read my mind. Awesomeness!

    • leart

      Almost like the ios 5.1.1 time, 5 month of freely restoring ;)

  • Luism27

    thank god the evaders released the jailbreak now!

  • Jonathan

    If that’s the case, then they’ve got 3 months to release iOS 8 to developers.

    • Alex Marwaha

      How come none of the tweaks i download are working? They say the all are compatible with iOS 7…

      • Jonathan

        Reinstall Mobile Substrate, then respring, NOT reboot. Every reboot requires mobile substrate to be reinstalled.

  • Melvco

    Reading a lot of comments regarding the just-released jailbreak and iOS 7.1. But if Apple really is waiting until March to release this, I can’t imagine it not pushing out a 7.0.5 update in the meantime to disable evasi0n7. I don’t know that it’s ever left working exploits in iOS alone for more than a month.

    • Jeroen Claassens

      Didn’t think of that before Melvco, well said really…

    • aphunex

      Sounds like the Evad3rs still got some exploits for future jailbreaks :3

    • Jonathan

      I’m really thinking eventually, they’ll run out of exploits, so they’ll just modify the IPSW, and build a custom iTunes to use to update/restore to.

  • Christian Mejía

    Conspiracy theory !
    Apple was in on the Chinese taig deal and is waiting till millions of Chinese users jailbreak their iOS 7.x.x iPhones :O

  • bobism

    i dont care

  • Alex Marwaha

    How come none of the tweaks i download are working? They say the all are compatible with iOS 7

    • Jeroen Claassens

      iPhone 5s perhaps? Mobile Substrate is still ARM32 so it’s not compatible with ARM64 (I think those are the terms)

      • Alex Marwaha

        I’m on an iphone 5c

      • bobism

        an essential part of the jailbreak has knot been update yet..lol

      • Alex Marwaha

        K thx

      • Jeroen Claassens

        Hm well still its the fact that Mobile Substrate hasn’t been updated yet

      • bobism

        yup that one thing controls 99% of the JB

      • Alex Marwaha

        But moviebox works.

      • illK†Δ

        Because it doesn’t require mobilesubstrate

  • http://www.TinyTechReview.com/ Jenny

    Nice.

  • Freddy Born

    byebye jailbreak

    • Dayne Hodge

      In 3 months, which they will be ready for through beta’s.. Lol

  • ProfessorX1®

    I could care less about the “iOS in the Car” feature.

    • Jonathan

      You could? So that means you kinda like it?

  • Jonathan

    I’ll try that tonight, and tell you if it works. :)

  • Lucas Tres

    Hope so that iOS 7.1 bring new languages to Siri, especially Brazilian Portuguese! :)

  • Clement Yeo

    Letter to the community by Evaders,

    so Saurik is a dick?

  • Telco Biru User

    boom!ios 7.1 released next month and left clueless people without jailbreak,no method what ever to restore to ios 7.0-7.0.4.

  • @dongiuj

    Because apple is waiting for the jailbreak “issue” to sort itself out so that the users don’t run away to other popular phones.

  • Justin Mahone

    Waiting, Waiting, Waiting.

  • nodeveloper

    Would be fantas tic if someone wants to make my idevice a developer too
    UDID::::
    74ce97985a3c40207c03b90e0a6c11284a08d0a5