Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 with additional fixes

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Apple has just released iOS 7.1.1 for public consumption. A maintenance update, iOS 7.1.1 contains “improvements, bug fixes and security updates.” Specifically, it makes Touch ID even more reliable than the previous iOS 7.1 update, while fixing a pair of bugs related to keyboard responsiveness and Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled.

It’s arrived just five days after iOS 7.1.1 devices located in and around Apple’s Cupertino campus started exposing themselves in web logs.

Needless to say, those of you who rock a jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad are advised to hold off on upgrading to the new software until we’re able to confirm it won’t break yourjailbreak…

Firmware files are available on our Download page.

According to the official changelog, iOS 7.1.1 – labeled as build 11D201 – contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including:

- Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
– Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
– Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled

You can apply an over-the-air update by visiting iOS Settings > General > Software Update. From there, hit the Download and Install button and follow the instructions. You must be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to download the update.

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Alternatively, connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad via a USB cable to iTunes and apply the update using your Mac or Windows PC.

For me, the installer comes in at a rather paltry 26MB, but your mileage may vary depending on your device model and the version of iOS installed.

For detailed info on the security content of this update, check out this support doc.

A companion Apple TV 6.1.1 update is also available on your set-top box.

According to early reports on Twitter, Touch ID recognition is now markedly faster than before. You’ll probably need to re-register your fingerprints in order to get Touch ID to recognize them faster than before in iOS 7.1.1.

Safari now supports new top-level domains like .photo, .camera and more. Also, as acommenter pointed out (and proved me wrong in the process), the App Store in iOS 7.1.1 now appropriately labels items that contain In-App subscriptions.

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I originally assumed this was a backend iTunes update, but subsequent checks have confirmed that IAP labels show up in iOS 7.1.1 but not in iOS 7.1.

Should you spot other noteworthy improvements, please do share them with the community down in the comments and I’ll update the article accordingly.

Sony is now a sales monster!

Guess who the number two cell phone manufacturer in India is? If you guessed Apple, or Samsung, or Nokia, or HTC, then you’d be wrong: it’s Sony.

Although Sony has been producing quality handsets and has been a presence in the mobile phone landscape, it hasn’t exactly been known to be dominant or at the top of the game. However, in India, Sony has seen tremendous growth, surpassing even Apple.

How were the able to do this? It’s all diversification and strategy. Sony focused on dishing out low-priced handsets that fall in the $166-$333 range, (10k to 20k rupees). That, combined with a $65 million advertising campaign has pushed the brand into cell phone market glory, making them second to only the mighty Samsung in the country.

Here are the sales figures: 9.1% of all smartphones sold in India are Sony models. Samsung takes a huge piece of the pie with a monstrous 43%, leaving Apple with 7% of sales. These are all records from Q4 2013 and measure the value of phones sold.

In terms of actual units, and not profits, Samsung was still on top with 38%, Micromax with 13% (they offer much cheaper devices so aren’t making as much of a profit as Sony), and then Sony came in third, followed by Apple in fourth place with 5.5% and 2% of smartphones sold respectively.

So what models were the winning handsets for Sony in India? The Xperia M Dual, and Xperia C. The Japanese manufacturer may be receiving stiff competition, however, with the re-released iPhone 4 (retailing for $375 in the region) and the upcoming, $100 Nokia X.

We have yet to see if Sony will continue to grow their market share in India, but for now, it looks like they have succeeded in establishing their brand as a popular and trusted one.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Official Images Leaked!

Following the official photo leak of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, evleaks has revealed an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. Just like its smaller brother, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is rumored to have its announcement on April 24.

According to a recently outed specs sheet, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 won’t be a substantial upgrade over the last generation Tab 3.

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The 10.1″ display keeps the WXGA resolution, as does the battery, which is also unchanged at 6,800mAh. Under the hood, however, there’s a new 1.2 quad-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. At the back, the camera is updated from a 3MP to an 8MP one with auto-focus.

Where the Tab 4 10.1 gets a substantial update is weight. With a rumored weight of 320 grams, the Tab 4.0 10.1 is substantially lighter than its predecessor, which clocked in at 510 grams.

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It sounds unrealistic though as the Xperia Z2 Tablet (which is lighter than the iPad Air) weighs 426g. If the weight is true, it would be quite impressive considering the new generation keeps almost the same dimensions at 243 x 176 x 7.95mm.

Now, with the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and 10.1 out of the bag, only the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 remains to have its time in the spotlights.