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Apple released iOS 7.1 Tuesday, the first major update to iOS 7.

The updates includes fixes to abrupt crashes, problems reading fingerprints and vertigo effects for some. It also refines the software’s appearance, boosts its speed on the iPhone 4, and adds options for photography and for choosing the gender of the voice of Siri, its built-in “assistant.”

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Released almost six months after iOS 7.0, the update also blocks an exploit used to “jailbreak” phones, and solidifies a security fix introduced in February to prevent snooping on web sessions.

iOS 7.1 comes with the following improvements and bug fixes:
• Improved Touch ID fingerprint recognition
• iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
• New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
• FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
• Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
• Improved performance for iPhone 4
• Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000.

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There is a fix included for the “goto fail” bug which had meant that earlier versions of iOS 7.0 did not properly connect to secure sites over SSL.

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