The Five Biggest Changes Apple Made To iOS 7.1 Today

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Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 7.1 to developers nearly a month after 7.1 beta 1 was released. Once again, Apple’s beta doesn’t contain any major new features but there are a couple useful tweaks that you’ll enjoy hidden among all the bug fixes, performance improvements and speedier animations.

Here are the five biggest changes Apple made to iOS 7.1 today: 

Button Shapes

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Confused whether some of the text floating around in iOS 7 is just a label or a button? Yeah, you’re not alone and it looks like Apple has a quick fix. iOS 7 beta 2 introduces a new Accessibility feature that turns on button shapes. While most buttons get a grey shading, other button shapes consist of a simple underlining of text – like the Send button in Messages and devices in the AirPlay menu.

Calendar Is More Useable

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Calendar still needs a lot of attention but the new beta does redesign one desperately lacking feature: List View. You can toggle the setting next to search button to see the list view of your activities for the day while the full calendar remains in view.

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You can also switch over to just viewing your activities in the list view as well.

Tweaked Control Center

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Apple added a new bounce animation when you pull up Notification Center. The audio controls section now has a label display which app is currently playing sound.

 Death Of The Dark Keyboard

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The dark keyboard that Apple enabled in the Accessibility settings for iOS 7 beta 1 has already gotten the axe but 3rd party apps like Tweetbot 3 still have access to it.

Speedy Animations

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Overall, iOS 7 beta 2 is mostly full of bug fixes but one of the welcomed tweaks are the faster animations. Animations for opening folders, apps, pulling up Spotlight, Multitasking, and more feel a micro-second faster.

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  • ctt1wbw

    What? Not one Android fanboy comment about how Android did all this first? I think all the Android fanboys are still stuck in 5th period Home Ec class.

  • Howie Isaacks

    What? Not one Android fanboy comment about how Android did all this first? I think all the Android fanboys are still stuck in 5th period Home Ec class.

    No need to stir them up just yet. Who cares if Android did something first? Apple wasn’t the first with a lot of things, but they do a great job of improving things.

  • JMO_L

    Booo Apple, no more Dark Keyboard. Why remove it? I was looking forward to that. Too much blinding white in iOS7

  • James Katt

    Booo Apple, no more Dark Keyboard. Why remove it? I was looking forward to that. Too much blinding white in iOS7

    I prefer the light keyboard. The dark keyboard is harder to see. Let Android keep them.

  • Steven Quan

    No need to stir them up just yet. Who cares if Android did something first? Apple wasn’t the first with a lot of things, but they do a great job of improving things.

    Apple wasn’t the first with anything but it’s irrelevant. They weren’t the first to make an mp3 player. The market was already chock filled with them when iPod was released back in early 2000′s, but they went on to dominate. The iPhone wasn’t the first smart phone, but they went on to dominate there, and in the process completely revolutionized the smart device. The reason every mobile device has a touch screen, app store, and a camera today is because Apple said so. Apple wasn’t the first to make a tablet, but the iPad has gone on to dominate their industry.

  • Gavin Blur

    Great!

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