Release of iOS 7.1 could still be a quarter year away

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It’s been a little over a month now since we first saw Apple release a beta version of iOS 7.1, with developers getting access in mid-November. At the time, we were optimistic that a public release would follow shortly thereafter, but that’s yet to happen. In fact, if the latest rumor about Apple’s progress is any indication, we could still be months and months away from seeing mass distribution of any 7.1 update get underway, with claims that the software won’t arrive until March.

Since that first beta last month, Apple delivered a second beta to devs earlier in December. Supposedly, there’s also a new 7.1 beta three, and while it sounds like carriers may already be testing it, it hasn’t hit the dev community at large. This build may introduce some new features (and not just consist of bugfixes), but for the moment none of the specifics have been elucidated.

If things are moving along like this, then why the need to wait until March? That “iOS in the Car” business Apple talked about this past summer (above) looks like it’s getting ready to debut, and 7.1 could be the release that makes it happen. Considering how you don’t want to face any surprises when you’re behind the wheel, thorough testing sounds like a smart idea.

Source: BGR

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