Apple releases the iOS 7.1 beta 2 to registered developers. This update comes soon after the first beta release of the iOS 7.1 in November this year. The update is available as an over-the-air update or on Apple’s developer center website for free download for registered developers.
The beta 2 primarily fixes the bugs in the first beta. The release notes specify several bugs that are now solved in the new release including the ringing tone bug that would make all tones sound the same.
The previous release basically focused on minor bugs, tweaks and accessibility improvements. There were however still several bugs left in the software. The new beta release nullifies a majority of the bugs its previous release had.
A few of the changes in the new beta release over the previous as listed out by 9to5Mac are as follows:
– Several bugs fixed.
– Faster animations.
– Touch ID and Passcodes moved from General settings to the main settings menu.
– List view toggle in Calendar.
– Button shapes can be enabled now.
– No more dark keyboard.
– Control center bounce animations and music labels.
– A new iPad wallpaper (from the iPad Air ad).
The second beta includes a Car Display toggle in the Restrictions Settings panel which may hint to the iOS in the Car support which the iOS 7.1 was rumored to deliver. iOS in the car which is rumored to launch in 2014 has also several other of its functionalities added to the second beta release.
iOS in the Car feature lets you connect your iOS device to a car to access maps on it and check directions. You can also do the other major things like checking messages and stuff. This all can be done on the car’s navigation system which also needs to be iOS compatible.
iOS 7.1 will soon be moved out of the beta phase as rumored. While Apple really takes long to actually release a fully stable release of an OS, it also meanwhile adds up amazing functionality in it. iOS may be declared as the backbone of Apple since most of its outselling devices use it as their OS.
Another beta might be a possibility before the actual release of the OS. This beta is also currently only available to develoeprs to help in app building and testing.