Apple has started seeding the second beta of iOS 7.1 to registered developers, taking yet another step towards unveiling the first major iterative update to iOS 7.
Beta 2 brings a couple of improvements in various areas – Touch ID and Passcode Settings are more prominently displayed, the Control center has a new bounce animation and animation speeds across the OS have been increased, an option to enable button shapes so users know where to tap have been added (lack of which in iOS 7 has been criticized by design experts), and a number of beta 1 bugs have been fixed.
The new beta also suggests that Apple’s “iOS in the Car” (iOSitC) functionality might be unveiled alongside iOS 7.1’s global rollout. iOSitC is a feature that will allow users to attach an iOS device to a compatible car console and manage functions such as Maps, Messages and Music via the car’s display – according to 9to5Mac, multiple references to iOS in the Car have been found in beta 2, and though it might not be made available until late 2014, it seems to be one of the major features Apple is focusing on at the moment.
Here’s a short changelog for iOS 7.1 beta 2, which can be downloaded from the iOS Dev Center:
- Touch ID and Passcode Settings are now more prominently displayed.
- Animations are now even faster than in beta 1.
- Bug where all tones were the default is fixed.
- Control Center has a new bounce animation when you toggle it and a new label to show you which app audio is coming from.
- New list view redesign/toggle in Calendar app.
- You can now turn on button shapes so you know where to tap.
- Dark keyboard option from beta 1 has been removed.
- A new iPad wallpaper (from the iPad Air ad).