A beautiful day for an update. So nice, in fact, Apple did it twice. iOS 7 beta 2 was seeded to developers and the interwebs are all abuzz with news of iPad support, improved Siri integration as well as a host of other significant changes, tweaks and features.
Let’s just skip to the punchline:
• A new Welcome Screen that allows interesting new features
— iCloud password authentication
— iMessage, email address setup
— Device passcode setup
• Voice Memos — Missing from the initial iOS 7 beta, Voice Memo is now available and fully functional
• Find My iPhone — Users can now remotely locate, lock, erase, and prevent re-activation of a lost iPhone
• Siri — Requests now load much faster and new preferences allow the user to choose the new male or female voice
• Control Center — A slight redesign here, with a new clock icon, which was previously grayed out
• Notifications — Beta 1 issues with double notifications have been fixed, though some (third-party) apps might still experience problems
iOS 7 beta 2: iPad Joins the Party
iOS 7 beta 2 adds support for the iPad and brings an all-new HDR camera option, as well. The folks at AppleInsider have published an extensive gallery of iOS 7 on iPad screen grabs.
• Reminders — A slight redesign with a new, more compact list layout, as well as other adjustments
• iCloud — Automatic backups are available
• Spotlight — Spotlight search is faster with near instant results
• Messages — The Send button typeface is now bold and changes from green or blue when text is input
— New bubble animation display when messages are sent
— Swiping on a message to the left displays a time stamps
— Group chats in Messages also display contact photos next to texts.
• Music — Bug fixes, including interface tweaks and repair of Lock Screen album art
• Weather — New icon stores a listing of all cities where the user is tracking weather
• Multitasking — Swipe to close an app now works correctly
With so many new, tweaked and updated features in iOS 7 beta 2, it’s obvious it will take days for the full story to emerge — there is quite a bit yet to digest.
Perhaps the most interesting thing Apple has going on, both with iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, is how advanced and mature the betas are already. Whereas Cupertino has said its desktop and mobile operating system updates won’t ship until Fall, it seem fairly clear that development is moving right along…
What’s your take?