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.