Apple’s iTunes Festival will make its debut on US soil next week at SXSW, and iOS users will be able to stream the whole thing live from their smartphones and tablets. What does any of this have to do with iOS 7.1?
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iOS 7.1 release rumored to be imminent

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Apple’s iTunes Festival will make its debut on US soil next week at SXSW, and iOS users will be able to stream the whole thing live from their smartphones and tablets. The app that will make this possible is not yet available. Why? Because it apparently requires iOS 7.1. Now let’s connect the dots.

Daring Fireball did as much and concludes that the launch of iOS 7.1 is imminent, possibly within the week. If the iTunes Festival app indeed requires iOS 7.1, then a launch is guaranteed at least before the show kicks off on March 11th. Note that the 11th is a Tuesday, which has been Apple’s favored day for software releases and updates.

Add in the announcement of CarPlay, a feature set to launch in iOS 7.1, earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show, and the signs all seem to point to an early March launch of the mobile platform update, just as rumors pointed to all along. Along with CarPlay, iOS 7.1 is expected to address a number of lingering bugs (possibly correcting Touch ID accuracy and a few other issues) and offer further system refinements. It is possible Apple has other major features and enhancements to announce, but with CarPlay out of the bag we’re not holding our breath.

We’ll be tracking the matter, constantly refreshing our system update screen. Keep it glued to iSource for all the latest.

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