Apple Inc Rolls Out Beta Version of iOS 7.1 to Developers

Apple Inc Beta Version of iOS 7.1 to DevelopersA new version of iOS 7 is expected to be launched soon. Today (November 19), Apple Inc rolled out iOS 7.1 beta version specifically to developers. This has become a common practice of the technology firm—launching software and particular upgrades to developers first before rolling those out to actual users.

Beta versions are usually intended for developers so they could test the software first with their apps prior to a final release. But this time, Apple has a strong warning to those actual users who plan to install iOS 7.1 inappropriately. The company said such unauthorized installation might make a device unstable. The beta version is strictly intended for devices that are registered with Apple Developer Program.

Expected bug fixes

As expected, iOS 7.1 contains several bug fixes that are not yet resolved following the release of several patches in the past weeks. It should be noted that this upgrade comes a few days following the launch of iOS 7.0.4 that mainly fixes FaceTime videocall disruptions.

In October, iOS 7.0.3 was released to fix issues with iMessage. In September, after the release of iOS 7, iOS 7.0.1 was immediately rolled out to resolve problems about finger scanning, while iOS 7.0.2 scrapped a bug that facilitates bypassing of lock screen.

Improvements to interface

Aside from the bug patches, iOS 7.1 also comes with several tweaks to the current interface. First, the Notification Center would now display ‘No Notifications’ or ‘No Missed Notifications’ message when the user pulls down messages from the screen’s top. Even the small notice found at the screen’s bottom about weather and stock data has been modified to bear the new Yahoo logo.

iOS 7.1 would also make it possible to enable users to switch from the usual to a ‘dark keyboard.’ This option is carried out by going to the accessibility menu. Interestingly, the settings of the iPhone’s camera could now be instructed to ‘Upload Burst Photos’ into a Photo Stream.

It is believed that the upgrade has many other features. But this early, Apple has opted not to provide more information other than the changes and bug fixes described. There are speculations that iOS 7.1 would finally be released for downloading on actual users’ iPhones and iPads just in time for the coming Christmas holidays. However, the company is yet to confirm or dismiss such reports.

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