Update: Didn’t happen. That “little birdie” is “for the birds”.

ios 7.1

In a brief note on Daring Fireball, John Gruber makes a notable connection between Apple’s planned iTunes Festival at SXSW next week and the pending release of iOS 7.1:

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.

The fifth and most recent developer preview of iOS 7.1 was released four weeks ago from today, and we reported a few days later that the public release was slated for March.

Previous beta releases to developers have shown a few user interface tweaks to iOS as well as improvements to the Calendar app and bug fixes and enhancements.

Apple has since released iOS 7.0.6 with a critical bug fix regarding the now infamous SSL error, but developer builds have not seen the fix as of yet. Apple could be skipping the GM seed for developers and issuing the release to everyone with Gruber’s tidbit and that security fix in consideration.