Hello Max. Sorry for the delay.
1. You are right. We’ll update the theme version. Also, we’ll add the Envato market plugin for better updating experience. You’ll get the invention to update ale-slider plugin and to install Envato market plugin in the theme version 1.7.2.
You can install the Envato market plugin by yourself, and you’ll get automate theme updates from it.
2. You did it right. You can try it in another way. Go to Theme Options -> Home Header -> Content Padding for phones (at the bottom) and set it to “30px 0” without quotes (see screenshot). That should work.