Apple offers iOS 7.1 beta 3 to developers

Apple offers iOS 7.1 beta 3 to developers
On Tuesday, Apple started offering iOS 7.1 beta 3 to developers. Those who are bonafide iOS code jockeys with a developer account, can download the latest version of iOS via an OTA update to their Apple iPhone.This is the first new beta for iOS 7.1 since the middle of last month, and offers a number of bug fixes and improvements (or enhancements, in the parlance of software developers).

Among the bug fixes, the problem that prevented users from opening a new iCloud account using setup assistant with the iCloud Keychain enabled, is now fixed. Audiobooks now play as expected. And with Safari, Apple has added a way for developers to minimize the top and bottom of the iPhone screen as a program loads. Users can return to a full-screen look by tapping on the content.

Other changes include a new confirmation screen when powering down a device, and round "Call" and "End" buttons are now on the dialer. Certain app icons featuring a green color, like Phone, FaceTime, and Messages, will feature a less vibrant green color. In "Accessibility", you can now make colors darker, increase transparency and reduce white point with the "Increase Contrast" section. And for those getting seasick viewing their device, parallax can be turned on and off while setting a new wallpaper.

A couple of other changes have been added to the UIKit. The good news here for the average iOS user is that Apple should be getting closer to the release of iOS 7.1 for iDevice users, which is expected in March. The bad news is that the dark QWERTY, an option in beta 1 and removed in beta 2, remains MIA. But there is a change to the delete key, which you can see for yourself in the slideshow below.


source: MacRumors via IntoMobile

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9 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

So far it seems like this will be a pretty good update. As we get closer to the release date, hopefully more key changes/features are announced.

2. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

I know its irrelevant really in the grand scheme of things, but that power off slider looks soooo much better.

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This will be awesome. for us iFans.

4. fanboyoftech

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

Is this going to affect the jailbreak?

5. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

It will, unless the Evad3rs have an exploit for iOS 7.1 ready to go.

6. fanboyoftech

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

screw that then! I only went and got my 5S once the JB was released. I won't use apple without it. I mean, those are nice little improvements, but if it wipes the JB, I'm sure someone in Cydia will have a tweak that looks just like it

8. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Happy with mine, apps are free, don't need no updates. Fine as it is. iP5$

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My 5S awaits.

9. yonith

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

What they NEED to fix is Safari randomly closing on me on my iPad Air!

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