Apple Seeds iOS 7.1 Beta 2 To Developers

Apple today seeded iOS 7.1 beta 2 to developers. For those who currently have iOS 7.1 installed, the update is available as an OTA install, but requires WiFi. You can also opt to download directly from Apple’s Developer portal. Apple released iOS 7.1 on November 18th, so it’s been roughly a month since the last release. BGR has posted the full changelog and we’ve set up a discussion topic in our forums to discuss what’s new.

iOS 7.1 beta 2

iOS 7.1 brought a number of new changes that included a new dark keyboard option under accessibility settings. iPhone 5s owners can opt to ‘Upload Burst Photos’ to their Photo Stream. If a user selects the ‘Bold’ text option, also in accessibility, a restart is no longer required.

iOS 7.1 dark keyboard

 

Apple appears to be listening to customers, at least somewhat. There have been countless complaints about the stock Calendar app, which lost its capability to list events, leading many to seek alternatives to the iOS 7 Calendar app. Other changes pointed out by 9to5Mac include a more prominent Touch ID and Passcode settings. Other changes include a new ‘bounce’ animation when accessing Control Center and an indicator showing source of audio. One of the more notable changes is the option to turn on button shapes. One of the complaints people have had about iOS 7 is that links are not as defined as in previous versions. Buttons were removed in favor of text links and it’s easy enough for this to not be as intuitive.

The changelog focuses on bug fixes, but there appears to be some good stuff in this beta. Find something new? Let us know in the comments or in the forum thread.

 

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Christopher Meinck is the Founder and Editorial Director at everythingiCafe. You can also find him co-hosting on everythingiCafe :the show. His smartphone obsession started with the Handspring Treo 180. While the phones have changed, the obsession continues. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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