Ever since the official launch of iOS 7, Apple has been hard at work testing iOS 7.1. We’ve seen Cupertino launch five betas of the operating system update since mid-November, and even though we still don’t have a Gold Master candidate for developers, new reports have the update being pushed very soon due to a specific reason.
According to Daring Fireball’s Jon Grubber, Apple is planning to launch a specific app to support SXSW, but this app requires some specific features that are only available on iOS 7.1. In his words:
Apple’s first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I’ve heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn’t out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now.
iOS 7.1 also includes some visual changes on the keyboard, phone application, FaceTime, and obviously the support for its new CarPlay service that we’ve already seen recently. We also know that it will fix some of the rebooting bugs that many have been experiencing. Let’s see if Grubber is right once again.