Apple continues to tweak and improve iOS 7.1, and the latest beta release includes noticeable changes to the OS.
Among the major changes is the addition of new natural sounding voices for Siri, including English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin – China). Apple has tweaked the shift and caps lock keys on the keyboard to make it clearer when either key is enabled, after a change in beta 3 rendered it nearly impossible to differentiate between activated and deactivated states of the two buttons. A couple of other interface changes are included as well, like a new “Buy Album” button in iTunes, and the renaming of the “Motion” option in wallpaper settings to “Perspective zoom.”
As is usual for beta releases, a couple of issues have been introduced as well, including a bug where AirDrop fails to work properly. For jailbreakers, the biggest issue would be the fact that all known jailbreak exploits have been patched, following fixes implemented in an earlier beta version, which means the final release of iOS 7.1 will be immune to the untethered evasi0n 7 jailbreak method. That will force jailbroken users to stay on iOS 7 until additional exploits are found, though that shouldn’t exactly be a problem until iOS 7.1 is released publicly.
iOS 7.1 beta 5 is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad (third and fourth generations), iPad 2, and iPad touch (fifth generation), and can be downloaded over the air (OTA) or through Apple’s iOS developer portal.
Update: The team behind the evasi0n jailbreak tool have released an update that supports jailbreaking on iOS 7.1 beta 5.