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#1 Mohitster

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:37

I am starting this thread to let anyone who has downloaded and installed iOS 7 Beta on their devices share their everyday insights and experiences.

As to me, I own iPod touch 5G - jailbroken with iOS 6 and I am not looking to upgrade anytime soon - perhaps when the final iOS 7 is available. Right now, I don't feel the need to install iOS 7 Beta, howsoever I am tempted, since I already own most of the tweaks which Apple has implemented in it.

At first glance, I don't like what Apple has done with the interface, but I would rather wait for some more members to chip in with their thoughts. Will add more of mine later on. :)

It would be nice if we keep the focus on Apple, iOS 7 and its interface and not deviate towards unnecessary ranting, particularly which is not constructive. :)


#2 +Anarkii

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:51

Im running it on my iPhone 5 and let me tell you, its simply fantastic to use. So far the only thing that is buggy is the scrolling of youre contacts (it lags a bit) but the new features are just beautiful to use. When it does become widely available, you will all love it.

Feel free to ask me anything specific about it.

#3 philcruicks

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:53

I'll be getting it installed on my iPhone 4 tomorrow night when I'm back home (away on business atm) need to get a full backup of my phone onto my PC 1st.

Two of my friends have it.
Both like it, though battery life as always with the betas isn't great and apparently the dyncmic backgrounds doesn't work at all currently.
(please note thats what my friends have said and not my own experience, I'll comment on that when I've got it tomorrow.

#4 threetonesun

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:55

Am I missing something, or is the only way to get into the beta to become a developer (@ $99 / year)? I understand the requirement to pay to distribute your software, but I've always found it odd that they lumped betas in the same pool.

#5 +Anarkii

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:06

Am I missing something, or is the only way to get into the beta to become a developer (@ $99 / year)? I understand the requirement to pay to distribute your software, but I've always found it odd that they lumped betas in the same pool.


You can find ways to install it on the net by googling without a developers account. I have friends who are devs so they added my UDID but yeah. You can also google sites that will activate one for you also for a modest fee. (like 10 bucks).
Id say however if you are going to do it, do it legit and either ask around for a dev to add youre UDID or simply wait for final release.

Also the backgrounds do work, but mostly on the lockscreen only, i have seen the pictures move on the normal screen but it doesnt seem to do it quite as much.

#6 philcruicks

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:06

Its the only legitimate way, My friend is an iOS dev with several apps under his belt and I test for him, as such I get access to the beta.

#7 philcruicks

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:16

https://vine.co/v/blOUxUtaKzE
This I did not know, and is very cool!

#8 +Anarkii

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:22

https://vine.co/v/blOUxUtaKzE
This I did not know, and is very cool!


WOAH I didnt know that either! Just did it thank you! :)

#9 Gnieus

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:34

I installed it on my iPhone 4 yesterday afternoon. It's a nice looking update, until you start using it.

It's very slow, framerate drops everywhere. I haven't seen this update on an iPhone 4s, however on the iPhone 4 it doesn't run smooth at all. On the iPhone 5 it's an amazing update, iPhone 4 not so much. I wouldn't recommend updating to this beta on an iPhone 4 just yet.

Also, all those cool moving wallpaper and lockscreen features aren't enabled for the iPhone 4. Which I can understand, as the iPhone 4 struggles with just a static wallpaper.

#10 .Neo

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 13:13

There doesn't seem to be a way to download all items in a playlist from iTunes Match... :s

#11 OP Mohitster

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 14:37

https://vine.co/v/blOUxUtaKzE
This I did not know, and is very cool!


Wow man, that thing is super awesome!! And creative too! :)

Am I missing something, or is the only way to get into the beta to become a developer (@ $99 / year)? I understand the requirement to pay to distribute your software, but I've always found it odd that they lumped betas in the same pool.

I guess they want to avoid the super-inflow of support calls when people install betas on a mass scale and pester them with their broken iDevices.

#12 El Marto

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 14:40

Yeah i installed it on release day. Overall i really like it having used it (was unsure before). Few of the icons aren't quite right yet i dont think (mainly safari and settings). I like all the new system controls, gonna take a while to go through and update all my old apps though to look decent on it!

#13 OP Mohitster

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 14:48

Yeah i installed it on release day. Overall i really like it having used it (was unsure before). Few of the icons aren't quite right yet i dont think (mainly safari and settings). I like all the new system controls, gonna take a while to go through and update all my old apps though to look decent on it!

How are you liking the new Control center and its overlay look and feel? Is the faux glass look any good?

#14 Goalie33

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 14:51

Anarkii - how is the multitasking? Is it really as fluid as it looked in the demo? And how about performance with multiple tasks open?

#15 +scumdogmillionaire

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 14:55

https://vine.co/v/blOUxUtaKzE
This I did not know, and is very cool!


I'm a Windows Phone guy... but that is pretty cool.