Apple Releases iOS 7.1 Beta To Developers

Apple has just updated their developer portal with the release of iOS 7.1 beta. We’ve got a discussion thread started for those who would like to discuss the new update. The release includes a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Some of the visual changes include a new option under Accessibility to select a ‘Dark Keyboard’.  9to5Mac points us to a couple of changes with this release. iPhone 5s owners can now set an option to ‘Upload Burst Photos’. That might make for an extremely muddled Photo Stream. With the current iOS 7 release, change to ‘Bold Text’ would require rebooting your iPhone. A restart is no longer required with iOS 7.1.

iOS 7.1 dark keyboard

With the recent Yahoo! rebranding, iOS 7.1 now includes the new logo where Yahoo! services such as Weather and Stocks are accessed, including Notification Center. A minor change in wording also appears in Notification Center from ‘No Missed Notifications’ to ‘No Notifications’. When using pinch to close, there is slightly modified animation on the iPad.

Apple’s moved rather quickly through releases since iOS 7 was released in September. Just last week, they released iOS 7.0.4 that addressed an issue where FaceTime calls would fail. There is nothing major in this release and that’s not uncommon. Looking back at Apple’s release notes for iOS 6.1, these updates are extremely iterative in nature. Given the newness of iOS 7, there were some folks (myself included), who thought it might bring about something more exciting. For that, we’ll have to wait for iOS 8.

  • Rafagon

    “Dark keyboard”… Sounds ominous.