What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad

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iOS 7 beta 3 update

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers. The first beta came back in November with a number of UI and performance tweaks, followed by beta 2 which included button shapes and an updated Calendar app UI.

Today’s beta sees a whole raft of new tweaks that further enhance the look and usability of iOS 7, included updated icons, phone and power controls and more. We’ve put together the full list below with comparison pictures when applicable:

 

Tweaked Phone, Messages and FaceTime icons with new gradient colors:

iOS 7 beta 3 updated messages icon

 

New dialler for the Phone app:

iOS 7 beta 3 phone buttons

 

New incoming call buttons:

iOS 7 beta 3 phone call

 

When the flash is set to Auto in the Camera app, a new flash icon appears in dark environments:

iOS 7 beta 3 camera flash icon

 

New power off UI.

Updated text in Safari that reads “Search web or enter site name”:

iOS 7 beta 3 Safari text

 

Bolder letters on the keyboard, plus a new backspace and shift button design:

iOS 7 beta 3 new keyboard

 

A new Reduce White Point option in the Settings app that lessens the brightness of white in menus. You can find this toggle in Settings > General > Accessibility:

iOS 7 beta 3 Reduce White Point

 

The moving parallax effect on wallpapers can now be toggled on and off when setting a new wallpaper image:

iOS 7 beta 3 parallax setting toggle

 

Control Center and Notification Center panels have more of a bounce then they appear on-screen.

Larger buttons for creating new Radio Stations and repeating / looping music in the Music app.

Bug: Text isn’t blurred behind menus in the Notes app:

iOS 7 beta 3 Notes app text bug

 

Here’s the change log from Apple:

Notes and Known Issues

The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.1 beta 3 to develop code.

Bluetooth

Known Issue

32-bit apps running on a 64-bit device cannot attach to BTServer.

CFNetwork

Notes

A compatibility behavior has been added to address an issue where some web servers would send the wrong Content-Length value for “Content-Encoding: gzip” content. Previously, NSURLConnection and NSURLSession would send a “network connection was lost” / NSURLErrorNetworkConnectionLost (-1005) error in this situation.

The compatibility behavior applies only if the Content-Length value exactly matches the expanded gzip’d content. It won’t apply for “off by 1” or similar miscounting.

iCloud

Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta 3

Creating a new iCloud account during setup assistant, should no longer give you an error when you enable iCloud Keychain.

Messages

Known Issue

Messages sometimes indicates iMessage send failure immediately after sending.

Workaround:Tap the error icon to re-send the message.

Music App

Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta 3

Audiobooks now play as expected.

Safari

Notes

A property, minimal-ui, has been added for the viewport meta tag key that allows minimizing the top and bottom bars on the iPhone as the page loads. While on a page using minimal-ui, tapping the top bar brings the bars back. Tapping back in the content dismisses them again.

For example, use <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=1024, minimal-ui”>.

UIKit

Known Issues

  • If a UITextField or a UILabel that is baseline aligned with constraints has attributes that change after the constraints have been added, the layout may be incorrect. The exception to this is -setFont: on UILabel, which should work as expected.Workaround: Avoid making changes in UITextField or UILabel after adding baseline-alignment constraints. If you must make changes, you should remove the constraints and then reapply them afterward. Note that this is a performance hit, so don’t do it unless it is necessary.
  • The backIndicatorTransitionMask from a storyboard or a xib will not be interpreted correctly at runtime.Workaround: Set the backIndicatorTransitionMask in code.