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



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


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.


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


Tweaked Control Center



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




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


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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