Apple offers iOS 7.1 beta 3 to developers

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
Tags: , ,

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s