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They broke an unusual number of things in 7.1, a couple somewhat annoying e.g. defaulting DateTime('now') to including microseconds, without a single builtin function available that can strip/change microseconds on a datetime.

Yes, but they decided to keep it to 7.1, not 7.0, which meant the majority of the perf upgrades were available to most users who migrated to 7.0 _easily_.

7.1 was where all the breaking changes got pushed as a result.

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