12/16/2013 12:28:00 PM - 0 comments
Apple's first attempt at iOS 7.1 was released last month and with it came a few changes. Apple saw fit to speed up some animations and the stability of this firmware went back a little. Apps began crashing and a second beta was in desperate need for so many people that were using the first beta. Whatever Apple changed in iOS 7.1, it was big enough to cause problems throughout the entire OS. Beta 2 for iOS 7.1 has been released now and so far so good.
There are still crashing apps. As far as changes go, Apple has once again tweaked the animation times. Opening and closing folders is faster and quitting apps is quicker. Swiping through menus and screens is more fluid. Those who enjoy bouncing animations will be pleased to hear that Control Center now bounces when it reaches its fully opened state. You can now also turn on backgrounds to buttons that were previously just text, making them easier to differentiate and ultimately, use. It's a slight step back from the completely 2D interface but is it one that will be welcomed by many.
This new iOS 7.1 beta 2 also sees a revamped list view toggle and display in the Calendar app too, which is well overdue. Those with iPads will be pleased to hear that the wallpaper from Apple's own iPad Air ad is now included as standard. There doesn't appear to be any huge and glaringly obvious changes in interface or functionality, save the moving of some Touch ID settings and the removal of the option to use the dark keyboard that was introduced in Beta 1. iOS 7.1 beta 2 also includes an option to enable iOS in the car feature. It is clear that Apple is still tweaking things here and there and we wouldn't be surprised to see at least one more beta before iOS 7.1 makes its way to the iPhone and iPad.
If you are using iOS 7.1 beta 2, do let us know what you think and what changes you would like to see implemented before the official iOS 7.1 goes live.Read more...