Apple releases iOS 7.1 Beta 1 to developers

iOS developers and enthusiasts are rejoicing today as Apple has released the first major beta version since the release of iOS 7 back in September. If you’re a registered developer you can get iOS 7.1 Beta right now from Apple’s servers.

iOS 7.1 Beta 1 includes the usual bug fixes but it also adds some interesting UI changes as well as performance enhancements. By far the biggest UI change is the addition of the “dark keyboard” in the accessibility settings that lets users enjoy a higher contrast version of Apple’s digital keyboard.

Another change in the appearance of the OS is the updated Yahoo logo that’s featured all around and some changes to Flickr’s icon to make it look as minimal as possible.

There are some other interesting changes in the photography department. iOS 7.1 now lets users auto-upload burst shot images. It also adds an HDR auto mode that picks what it thinks is the best image.

Hopefully iOS 7.1 will soon hit everyone’s phones and bring some much needed improvements to Apple’s latest operating system.

Source and Images: 9to5mac

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Almost every comment a troll and nothing worth while about the actual build. Only on Neowin.

The 7.1 build is pretty buggy, music player freezes and require a full restart and you can't customize your sounds. Every thing except mail comes up as the Tri-Tone, regardless of what you select.

Can we get some PERFORMANCE UPDATES PLEASE? We do NOT need anything UI related or yahoo logos (WTF?) or anything stupid. Come on with this already. FIX the issues first before you start doing anything new!

kayzee said,
Does anyone know how to turn on geotagging in iOS 7? Can't seem to find it anywhere obvious.

Do you mean for the default camera app? Check Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure it's turned on for the camera.

Manish said,

Do you mean for the default camera app? Check Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure it's turned on for the camera.

Yeah it's on but I still can't see a way to see where I took the pictures. On my iOS 6 you just pressed a button on the lower right corner and it took you to a map showing where all the pictures were taken.

kayzee said,

Yeah it's on but I still can't see a way to see where I took the pictures. On my iOS 6 you just pressed a button on the lower right corner and it took you to a map showing where all the pictures were taken.


Yeah unfortunately they've removed the Places tab in Photos in iOS 7. However, while under the Photos tab in the Photos app, you can click on the location of the photos when grouped together to bring up a map for those particular images.

Manish said,

Yeah unfortunately they've removed the Places tab in Photos in iOS 7. However, while under the Photos tab in the Photos app, you can click on the location of the photos when grouped together to bring up a map for those particular images.

Oh yeah. It's definitely not as good this way round, but at least it's there, thanks.

What exactly are these "much needed improvements"?

I haven't had a single problem since 7 was released. My only complaint is that some of the icons look dumb, but that's minor at best.

You're lucky. I got 3-5 Safari crashes per day on my iPad 3, plus other glitches. About once or twice each week I will get a system reboot crash. I keep very few tabs open. My wife's iPad 3, purchased at the same time, however, never crashes. So the glitches appear random.

Also, the new autocorrect has ruined my ability to communicate quickly. I must now proofread everything I write carefully. That used to not be necessary.

All that said, I love the look of iOS 7, and the I like all the new features. I think they did the right thing, but it was rushed. But hey, what else is new. Windows 8 was rushed as well. That's just how these things go.

The consensus seems to be that iOS 7.0.x is crashy, but for me it's been rock solid. *shrug* I shouldn't post this though, as I'm sure I'm jinxing it now.

the usability and ui can use some more consistencies. one example - only on the notification screen, can you swipe left and right among the today, all and missed tabs beside tapping the title, which is how the other tabbed forms work.

speaking as a ios user, of course. not one of the stardock / microsoft paid drones on this site.

Buttus said,

you're sense of humor'ing wrong....


So, are we done yet? Got everything out of everyone's system?
Apparently we still need a pre-emptive joke post for all Apple articles here.

Assuming Steve Jobs would have allowed that.

So where are the tiles

If I'd compare this mobile OS to another, it'd be Android 4+. But I think comparisons in general are just a waste of time. There are differences and similarities in all operating systems.