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Apple has seeded 5 developer betas of iOS 7.1, and it’s expected to push it to the public within the next month. It’ll be the largest update to the mobile operating system since iOS 7 landed last fall, and will feature a number of improvements.

Now just what those will be, we don’t know yet. We’ve seen minor performance and UI tweaks in the betas, but not much in the way of new features. A new report, however, says 7.1 could bring about new mobile device management tools…

AppleInsider has the scoop:

“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.”

Those never-before-seen features include the ability for education, government and other organizations to configure fleets of mobile devices—controlling app installs, setting up profiles, blocking websites and even turning of camera hardware.

It also sounds like iOS 7.1 is going to fix the issue that allowed students to bypass restrictions set on their school-provided iPads last fall. The problem made news headlines, and left a proverbial bruise on Apple’s iPad-in-education campaign.

Along with the aforementioned improvements, and now this new feature, iOS 7.1 is also expected to bring about the long-awaited iOS in the Car service. For information, see our individual posts on beta 1, beta 2, beta 3, beta 4 and beta 5.

  • Shingo

    no JB no update…..

    • David Gitman

      I prefer better animations than jailbreaking

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        So just wait for the “Better animations” jailbreak tweak. Anything Apple can do jailbreakers can do better 😛

      • David Gitman

        and I like the new circle UI 😛

    • Josh

      Agreed.

  • on3simpleclick

    Yeah, I won’t be updating any time soon; unless evasi0n updates their jailbreak.

  • on3simpleclick

    Evasi0n could update their jailbreak & use some of their exploits, or save them for iOS8. Then again, iOS8 is bound to have some flaws that could be exploited.

    • Noaaahh

      Yeah, I don’t know about evad3rs, but I hope they have/had an exploit that they didn’t need for iOS 7.0 and they can use it for iOS 7.1

  • Tdk

    Evaders won’t worry about 7.1 they think about 7.1.1 +

  • Shingo

    when is IOS8 plan to release?

    • Aleksandar Kojić

      September or October; this autumn.

  • Mike M. Powell

    How hard is it for apple to implement a QR/QC feature in iOS man (back since….ever) or custom toggles for CC or sum’n :(, so much opportunity wasted

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Yep. Just another useless and tiresome ios update. Nothing to see here. I expected nothing more.

    • Carlos Gomes

      If you have an iPad 3 on iOS7.0, the update isn’t useless at all. Everything gets so much snappier.

  • Manuel Molina

    7.1 = back in jail. I’ll keep myself broken and free on 7.0.4.

  • Jack Wong

    Fix the crashing problem please…

  • Rondog

    I will ONLY update if there is a jailbreak, and no other way. I’ll just stay with 7.0.4 on my devices, thank you.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      a question? when you have to jailbreak again.. does this mean you have to format your phone to apply the new jailbreak. I know you can backup and reapply the backup but then you wouldn’t want all the trash from the last backup onto your newly formatted jailbreak phone

      • Rondog

        Kenrick, what I meant was that when the update to 7.1 came out it would surely kill the jailbreak on 7.0.4. So if you want to keep your jailbreak DON’T update. Otherwise if you do update you would need to RESTORE your device with itunes therefor losing the jailbreak, and who knows if the guys at Evasi0n have a jailbreak for 7.1. So as far as I’m concerned, i’m staying on 7.0.4, with my present jailbreak, it’s really up to you. But yes a restore will CLEAN all the junk you may have on your device.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Hey Cody and other iDB writers, when 7.1 does land, will you be doing a “What’s new” summary of the new version, or just What’s new since the previous beta?

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      they generally list out all the changes in the GM version

  • Decio Arruda

    I don’t know what the thing is about Jailbreak, I mean, I don’t ave and I consider myself a power user. I think most tweaks are just gimmicky.

    • sadaN

      That´s because you don’t know any truly useful jailbreak tweaks.
      Have a look at iCaughtU Pro if you’re concerned about security, PWNTunes if you need to copy files to/from your device as you normally would on any mass storage device, and so many other handy tweaks available out there.

      • Carlos Gomes

        For me it Swipeselection. Good Lord, how useful is that little tweak!

      • sadaN

        I forgot about swipeselection, it’s ridiculously useful.
        When I found out that Zephyr wouldn’t be update for iOS 7 I got very upset since I hate using the physical buttons.

        I made me so freaking annoyed that last Saturday I got myself a 5S (I was pretty satisfied with my 4s) just to use VirtualHome, and haven’t looked back since…

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        Why would you care about Zephyr when there’s a tweak called ‘multitaskinggestures’ which does exactly the same thing 🙂 try it

      • sadaN

        I wasted a couple of bucks on it only to find out buggy it is.

        Firstly it constantly makes my phone crash into safe mode, and I don’t even have that many tweaks installed, 6 at most, therefore I believe it’s highly unlikely that another tweak is conflicting with multitaskinggestures.

        I’m not sure which device you own, but if you try it on iPhones 4 or 4s you will find out that you also have to install CCLoader, otherwise Control Center toggles are half hidden in the Notification Center.

        And the most important reason why multitaskinggestures does not fulfill my needs unlike Zephyr is because I used Zephyr mainly to invoke the switcher, which multitaskinggestures sucks at, since you have to pull up the app you’re using first and then pull up the springboard as well to invoke the switcher.

        Oh, multitaskinggestures’ animations are terrible by way…

        I hope that explains why VirtualHome is a much more elegant solution than multitaskinggesture if you’re an iPhone 5S owner.

      • Hugh Jassol

        Nice novel… but as soon as you mentioned you “believe its highly unlikely”… I knew you were a lost cause. Jailbreaking 101, don’t assume. LOL

        Multitasking Gestures works far better than you’ve implied or have come to realize….

        Have you tried leaving CC alone instead of moving it? I don’t have CCLoader installed nor do I use the move CC to NC option and CC works absolutely fine on my iPhone 4. I only use CCToggles.

        TBH, MG (along with .2 speed animations) makes my old iphone 4 very “usuable” on 7.0.4. It works fine on my iP5’s as well.

        BTW, swiping up twice is just as fast as the old zephyr gesture of using the delayed pull up to get to the switcher.

      • sadaN

        No matter what you say in favour of MultitaskingGestures, it’ll still be a poor attempt of reproducing what Zephyr did in a manner that felt just like it was originally meant to be.

        Quite honestly I really tried to like it, but the constant crashes just wouldn’t let me…

        Have a great day Mr.

      • Hugh Jassol

        Regardless of your ineptitude to use MG, the tweak is far better than you have the capacity to understand or utilize. Ignorance is bliss.

        Enjoy your life sir.

      • sadaN

        Are you MG’s developer yourself or do you just get banged by him?
        What is beyond my understanding is your insistence on trying to convince someone else it’s a great tweak, which it may be TO YOU, but please open your narrow mind to something, IT DOES NOT F…….. SUIT MY NEEDS.
        Your cliche saying is perfectly applicable to yourself.
        If you want a decent tweak when it comes to invoking taskswitcher without wearing out your home button, try Virtual Home or the recently released Vertex, or don’t and just go f….. yourself.
        Case closed….

  • Grega

    Release the GM already 😀

  • yzjustdatguy

    If 7.1 provides me with better battery life, I will leave my jailbreak behind

    • Chocolope Jailbreakush

      “BattSaver for ios7” seems to work just fine for me loving my jailbreak. Your just clueless.

      • yzjustdatguy

        Not clueless one bit. I know what I’m doing. When my phone loses 8% over a 6 hour period on standby, I know there is an issue with the software. No its not my battery since the phone is only a month old

      • Chocolope Jailbreakush

        Like I said BattSaver is efficient power management system try it out. If you need help getting it free lmk I didn’t pay $3.99.

      • yzjustdatguy

        I know what it does. I used it literally yesterday. I don’t really need a tweak to manage my wifi and data since I have control center but thanks for the help

  • Alex-V

    I dont want to loose my virtual home button using the sensor..so I also want to wait if a jb come..I hope iPhone 6 comes with a capacitive home button ..I had long time a go a ip4 and the button not react ..and the actual home button of my 5s seems to have similar technic with flex band ..and home button is the most used button..

  • Will this fix the crashing when trying to comment on iDownloadBlog?

  • Justin Mahone

    The only way I would update to iOS 7.1 is if Apple gave us Cydia 🙂