Just in. iOS 7.1 beta 1 download links are now available for iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 4s, 4, iPod touch 5G, and iPad 2 and live on iOS Dev Center. For Apple TV 2nd and 3rd gen, a new beta has also been released. Full details on change-log and how to download and install guides can be found after this fold.
Apple is usually extremely secretive when it comes to publishing detailed change-log with beta versions of iOS. Changes in terms that actually affect the end-user there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of information being offered through the release documentation. Developers in particular have a plethora of changes and additions to get to grips with. An important fix surrounding HTTP requests has been bundled with this latest version of beta along with a number of amendments within the CoreText framework that allow devs to integrate advanced text techniques into their third-party apps.
One fix inside this beta could present a noticeable benefit to the end-user focuses on a bug that caused app loading an iTunes Match library to take an extended time to load. Hopefully that the bug has been fixed along with improvements to multipeer connectivity and enhancements to the UIKit framwork that allows developers to make sure of standard user-interface components that are common through most apps.
Apple has released the first seed of iOS 7.1 beta (build number 11D5099e) to registered developers. 7.1 beta 1 includes a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. A few other changes include a new toggle for ‘dark keyboard’ in the accessibility settings and an option to upload ‘burst mode photos’ to Photo Stream for iPhone 5s users. Major one is toggling ‘bold text’, now it no longer requires restarting your iOS device as it has up to iOS 7.0.4 and can be found in the text size menu in addition to the general accessibility menu.
Camera app has also got a new ‘auto HDR mode’, appears in the beta as well as flash indicators when auto flash exacts to activate. Notification Center now features a new dialog when cleared and a tweaked button for clearing items with an ease. iPad includes a tweaked closing animation in the pinch-to-close gesture and as with the beta launches, Apple has specified a number of known issues. Continues to be some issues occuring with 32-bit apps running on 64-bit hardware, namelt the iPhone 5s and the new iPad Air along with the iPad mini 2 with Retina display.
Apple as usual is always aware of a number of issues surrounding Bluetooth connectivity within the beta. The new Yahoo! logo that appeared in Settings in iOS 7.0.4 last week has also made its appearance in Notification Center as well as Weather and Stocks Yahoo logo. Flickr now features a gradiant-less logo throughout the ecosystem.
iOS 7.1 beta 1 firmware seeded to developers today follows hot on the heels of the public release of iOS 7.0.4 that brought with it a number of optimizations, stability improvements, performance enhancements and important security fixes. You can find iOS 7.0.4 download links here.
To download iOS 7.1 beta 1, you will need to be a registered member of iOS Dev Center. Now head over to developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios/ to start downloading iOS 7.1 beta 1.