Updates on iOS 7 Beta 2 and Onwards

Dear Readers,

In recognition of creating new content and devoting more time to other things, I have contacted Apple to disable and refund my developer account. Being the amazing company that they are, Apple kindly refunded me for the renewal fee I paid this year.

This means that I will no longer be able to post updates on the progression of iOS 7 and it’s features delivered in each beta update.

I understand that my blog gained a lot of attention from these posts, but I had to take this decision so that I could put the money to better use outside of my blogging and passion for software and technology.

I wholeheartedly enjoyed creating the posts about iOS and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me through those posts.

I apologise for any inconvenience and I hope to deliver some similar content in the future.

Thank you.

iOS 7 Beta 2 Features

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT BETA 3 AND FUTURE UPDATES TO IOS 7

Last updated at 8:00PM GMT 25/06/2013

Green text indicates a change that was added to this post at the above time

Please note that I will update this post with pictures as features are discovered.

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Apple has seeded iOS 7 beta 2 to developers. Here is the list of changes and improvements. Registered developers can download the update over the air (OTA) or through the developer portal.

CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN BETA 2

In Messages, you can swipe a message balloon to the left and see timestamps!

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The Voice Memos app is present and has a new look

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The new male and female Siri voices are available in English (US)

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The Do Not Disturb moon icon is light grey instead of white in the status bar

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The ‘Reduce Motion’ option in settings has been renamed to ‘Parallax’

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You can choose a ‘Flag Style’ for messages in Mail – Colour or shape

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The ‘Wish list’ option in the App Store is now functional

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Lockscreen of iPad

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Homescreen of iPad

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Notification Centre runs full screen on the iPad

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Siri runs full screen on the iPad instead of running in a small segment of the screen

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OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES

  • Beta 2 is also available for iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 4th generation and iPad mini
  • New smoother experience in the Messages app – less stutter when sending messages and also new sending animation
  • Improvements have been made to the speed of accessing Siri
  • Improvements to the boot up of device
  • After updating, you are asked to confirm iCloud details
  • After updating, you are asked to confirm iMessage and FaceTime details. An explaination of these services is also given
  • After updating, you have the option to set a passcode, from this setup screen
  • The Clock app icon in ‘Control Center’ does not have a black background on it anymore. It is just a transparent shape now
  • The colour of folders matches wallpaper colour scheme
  • Status bar icons are no longer larger on the lockscreen, and then smaller on the home screen
  • Large Apple logo on iPad when booting up (looks just a bit smaller than the Apple logo on the metal casing of the iPad)
  • Do Not Disturb seems to be working as it should now
  • Updated Twitter and Facebook icon in Settings
  • You can access the camera on the lockscreen of iPad
  • Slideshow button has been removed from the lockscreen of iPad
  • Double notifications have been fixed
  • The white metal grate wallpaper has been removed
  • Playback controls are larger in Control Center and on the lock screen
  • Searching in Spotlight is faster and more instant
  • Maps has been fixed with performance and UI improvements
  • Greater parallax has been enabled on the multitasking screen
  • Reminders app has slight redesign
  • New icon in bottom right hand corner of weather app shows all weather at a glance (previously the only way was to pinch out)
  • The lock screen album art has been fixed on iPhone 4 and 4S
  • If you open Siri and swipe down at start, you can see the last thing you said to Siri
  • ‘Slide to view’ is always present on the lockscreen for a notification
  • HDR is available for iPad 3rd and 4th generations in Camera
  • In photos, you can pinch to open and close specific photos and videos. When fully zoomed out, the pinch to close will work. The photo can be rotated during the pinch, but has no effect other than being a visual enhancement.
  • In settings, you can turn on or off ‘Traffic Conditions’ for Notification Center

CURRENT LIMITATIONS AND FAULTS

N.B: The term ‘limitation’ refers to something that Apple has chosen to disallow the user from doing such as customising Control Centre.

  • The default icons have not been updated in any way in this beta
  • iPad keeps requesting user to sign in to iCloud
  • Mute icon or Orientation Lock icon does not appear in Control Center when you have one selected in Settings
  • Multitasking is slow and sometimes unresponsive
  • Camera app crashes
  • The “Now Playing” text does not fit in the corner in the Music app. It is displayed as:  “N…g” on some installs
  • Can not customise Control Centre toggles
  • Touch screen becomes unresponsive, even after hard resets
  • A second status bar is always visible on the top edge of iPad, no matter what orientation you are in
  • Occasionally the time and date on the lock screen will move down to the center of the lock screen

Please keep checking back for updates! If you would like to see an image of a feature, please comment below. If you would like to add something to the list, again, please comment! Thank you!

iOS 7 Beta 1 Features

CLICK HERE FOR BETA 2 CONTENT!!

This website is currently being updated. Last updated: 5:17PM GMT; 24/06/2013

The asterisks sign (*) indicates changes added on the above date and time.

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Hello,

Welcome to the official iOS 7 features list (with pictures)on Imagine A World!

This post is about the new features in beta 1 of iOS 7.

The first part of this post uses pictures to demonstrate features. Scroll down to view a list of features and faults in iOS 7.

Note: Please note that features are subject to change at any time. This post is constantly updated with new features and details about iOS 7 so please keep checking back! The features shown on this page are demonstrated on an iPhone 4S. There may other key features which are exclusive to iPhone 5, which I am not able to show here.

If you choose to use any content from this post, please give credit and a link back to this blog. Thank you!

ALL NEW DESIGN

iOS 7 moves away from the usual skeumorphic look and brings a cleaner and flatter design. You could say that Windows Phone + Android = iOS 7. There are a number of subtle changes such as the lockscreen fading in and out and other notable features.

LOCKSCREEN

The first thing you see after updating your device to iOS 7 is the beautiful new lock screen. The lock screen fades in when you press the power button – which looks really nice.

You can slide your finger, from left to right, anywhere on the screen – not just the bottom. For the first time, you can access Notification Centre from the lock screen. The new Control Centre can be accessed from here too. (more on those later)

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NEW HOME SCREEN

After swiping away the new lock screen, you will see the new home screen – because that’s usually how it goes. You will see the some-what puzzling new icons. They are great, but you’ll need to get used to them. You can also see the new ‘Dynamic’ (animated/live) wallpapers. When you put your iPhone to sleep, the screen fades away.

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CONTROL CENTRE

Control Centre is your one stop place to get access to your toggles for turning Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Do Not Disturb off. It even lets you turn on the flashlight. Music controls and AirPlay options from the multitasking bar (now obsolete) have been moved here too.Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Centre.

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MULTITASKING

Multitasking is handled differently in iOS 7. You can see a preview of all the apps you have open. These previews are NOT live – this means video will be paused (music and voIP continues). You can now just ‘flick’ the apps off the screen to close them. Still no ‘Close All’ button. Multitasking also works in landscape mode too.

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SPOTLIGHT SEARCH

Spotlight search is missing from the left of the home screen. It is no longer present as a seperate screen. To access Spotlight Search, just drag or tug your home screen down and it will appear.

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NOTIFICATION CENTRE

This is the first time Notification Centre has recieved a major update since iOS 5. Its now a grey semi-transparent shade that gives you more information. There is a new ‘Today’ and ‘Tommorow’ view that appear when needed. You can see more information about weather and stocks here too. There is no way to swipe the notifications to dismiss them.

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NEW FOLDERS

Folders used to hold apps in 4×3 on the iPhone 4S and 4×4 on the iPhone 5. Now the grid is, 3×3 for iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. You can have as many apps as you want in the new folders – just scroll left or right.

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NEW NEWSSTAND APP

First, let me tell you that YOU CAN PUT NEWSSTAND IN A FOLDER in iOS 7! Its no longer a fancy folder, its an app on its own. Here’s what the new interface for newsstand looks like.

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WALLPAPERS

You can now choose between a ‘dynamic’ or photo wallpaper. With the photo wallpapers, you can tilt your device to get a 3D effect. With the new dynamic ‘ball’ wallpaper, you can tilt your device and the balls seem to fall in that direction. Apple gives you two of each to get started (although you can see one of each in the picture below).

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IMPROVED SIRI UI 

You can ask Siri system requests like ‘Increase brightness’ or ‘Turn on bluetooth’. Apple has promised improved voices for Siri, however I have not been able to turn them on or hear them. Maybe they will appear in later releases. Siri is much more smarter now, but still not as clever as Google Now though.

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NEW PHOTOS APP

The new photos app puts your photos in a new perspective. You see your photos by Collections and Years.

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NEW COMPASS APP

The compass app has been updated to be more accurate and makes better use of the sensors in iPhone. Swipe to the left and you’ll see a spirit level.

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NEW SAFARI APP

Safari has been given the Google Chrome treatment – theres now a unified search bar and a full screen view in portrait.

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NEW TAB VIEW IN SAFARI

Theres also a slick new tab view in Safari – very Chrome like, with a cards view. You can flick them away to close them. Oh, and private tabs can be opened from this page now too. Scroll up and you’ll see iCloud tabs.

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NEW MUSIC APP

The music app has been made to be simpler and better than ever. Take a look at the new playback controls; which stay on screen no matter what.

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NEW CAMERA APP INTERFACE

The camera app looks better than ever with a round capture button and new filters and features. You swipe left or right to choose Video, Photo, Square or Pano modes. The option for Grid has been moved in to the settings app.

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NEW SETTINGS APP

The settings app has been designed to look simpler and better than ever. The arrangment of options has not changed since iOS 6, however.

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NEW MAIL APP

The mail app has been given the iOS 7 look with a white colour scheme. The ‘gooey’ refresh icon has been replaced with a spinning wheel (not shown here). You can also hide or show mailboxes instead of just rearranging them – VIP can be hidden too.

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NEW CALCULATOR APP

I don’t know why, but this really felt Windows Phone-ish.

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NEW PHONE KEYPAD

You probably forgot your iPhone can make calls, but now theres a rounder interface for the keypad.

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NEW APP STORE

The app store has been given a cleaner, whiter look. You can now see games near you.

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PREVIOUS PURCHASES

A new cloud icon appears for apps that you have previously downloaded or purchased. You can also pause the download without leaving the App Store.

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WISHLIST

You can add apps to a ‘Wishlist’ in the App Store

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AUTOMATIC APP UPDATES

With iOS 7, your apps are automatically updated when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. You can turn this off in settings for the App Store. When an App has completed an update, you’ll see it in Notification Centre – tap it and you’ll see the update details and date of update.

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DO NOT DISTURB WORKS IN WAKE STATE

You can now set Do Not Disturb to silence notifications while the phone is unlocked. Just select the ‘Always’ option.

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NEW GAME CENTRE APP

Game Centre has lost it’s felt and gets a cleaner and simpler look. (feel free to add me on there)

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NEW CALENDAR APP

Calender is much simpler and has a Windows Phone-ish feel to it. But in a nice way.

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NEW MAPS

I can’t guarantee that you’ll get to Paris on the right route, but Maps has a new cleaner look, with the removal of the page curl effect.

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NEW MESSAGES APP

With a flatter look, Messages is now cleaner and whiter. iMessages are still blue, SMS is still green.

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NEW KEYBOARD

A new feel has been created with the changes added to the keyboard. It uses the new font and changes colour. When entering passwords, it turns dark grey/black, and in normal apps, you’ll see it in white. Apps which have not been updated for iOS 7 will still use the iOS 6 keyboard.

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NOTIFICATION TWEAK

Apple has tweaked the look of notification banners. They are now a bit larger and give more information. They now just slide in to view – the top of the screen does not rotate anymore. You can finally just flick them away to dismiss them!

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FACETIME IS A  SEPERATE APP

If you needed something else to occupy a folder, you can now put FaceTime there. This is because Apple has chosen to make a seperate app for FaceTime for the iPhone. You can make FaceTime audio calls from here too.

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DYNAMIC TEXT SIZE

A new setting has been added which allows you to set the size for dynamic text in supported apps.

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CHARGING IPHONE

When you plug iPhone into charge, you no longer see that black screen with a glossy battery which fills up. You will now briefly see an image of a ‘flat’ battery, with the percentage. Then you’re back to your wallpaper with the percentage underneath the time. This disappears after a few seconds and you can show it again by showing the lock screen again. You can of course just look at the battery percentage in the corner too.

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LIVE CLOCK ICON

The Clock icon in iOS 7 is live and updates according the time of your iPhone. Now.. if only the weather app icon worked in the same way..

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NEW WEATHER APP

Perhaps the Yahoo! Weather app was a sign of things to come. The new weather app in iOS 7 has taken many cues from that app. They are now very similar, except Apple’s implementation uses really nice animations of the current weather. Looks best when the sun shines though (haha).

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ICLOUD KEYCHAIN

With iCloud Keychain, your passwords and credit card information is kept up to date on all your approved devices.

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ICONS ARE 6 PIXELS LARGER

The icons in iOS 7 are slightly larger than the icons in iOS 6 and earlier.

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OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES

  • iTunes Radio is built into the Music app for U.S users
  • You can now “Mark All” messages in mail.
  • The foreground layers are transparent like frosted glass
  • You can set panoramic wallpapers
  • The text of the homescreen automatically changes to black or white based on the colour of the wallpaper
  • New system wide font scheme (Helvetica Light)
  • Passbook passes can be shared via email or iMessage.
  • Maps has automatic day or night mode
  • Lyric support in iTunes Match
  • Consistent colours, buttons and design throughout iOS
  • A year view in Calendar
  • New interface for built in Dictionary
  • Option to ‘Open In Reader’ when tapping and holding a link in Safari
  • New ‘Action Sheet’ design
  • Private browsing is in the Safari app instead of settings
  • ‘Parallax’ effect is visible in nearly every part of iOS 7
  • Slightly rounder corners of Apps
  • Removal of ratings in Music app
  • Ability to reduce motion of parallax
  • Clock app icon is dynamic
  • You can now scroll faster in the cards view of the search tab in the App Store
  • When turning on device, the apple logo is flat and has no sense of shine
  • There is a percentage button in the portrait orientation of the Calculator app
  • New animations for locking device, unlock device, launching apps and closing apps
  • Newsstand is now an App, instead of an inline folder – this means you can put Newsstand in a folder and forget about it!
  • Tap to Tweet and Tap to Post is removed from Notification Centre
  • New 2D dock
  • You can no longer choose a font for the Notes app
  • FaceTime Audio calls
  • Dynamic (live) wallpapers
  • You can now ‘flick’ banner notifications off the screen and dismiss them quickly
  • View PDF annotations
  • You can choose which apps can background refresh
  • Flickr and Vimeo integration
  • Privacy settings for Microphone
  • A flashing lightning bolt appears next to the battery when charging
  • The maps icon shows the location of Apples new ‘spaceship’ campus
  • Apps in iOS 7 are designed to run full screen. The status bar seems to want to blend into the app.
  • While recording video, you can pinch to zoom
  • Add filters to photos before capturing them (iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th Generation only)
  • The ‘message balloons’ in Messages seem to have their own momentum when you scroll
  • New interface for hotspot connections – the status bar does not flash anymore – the text in it does
  • The message ballons in iOS 7 get lighter in colour as they become older up the list
  • On the lockscreen, the status bar icons are larger. When you unlock iPhone, the icons become slightler smaller
  • In the settings for Maps, you can now choose “Preferred Directions” (driving or walking)
  • Microsoft Hotmail has been renamed to Outlook
  • Multitasking enabled for all apps
  • Pinch towards the middle of the Weather app to view an overview of all weather forecasts
  • New toggles use colour and no text
  • Access Notification Centre and Control Centre from the lockscreen
  • AirDrop for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th generation users
  • You can see how much space messages are using on your iPhone in settings
  • Activation Lock – remotely lock your iOS device using iCloud
  • Opportunistic updates
  • Support for recording video at 60fps (hint at future device feature, because current devices can only record at 30fps)
  • Phone, FaceTime and message blocking
  • Notification Sync – clear a notification on one device, and it also clears from your other devices too
  • Takes advantage of the built in Inclinometer in iPhone
  • Night mode for maps
  • Walking directions (turn by turn) in Maps
  • In Messages you no longer have to scroll the the top to access “Call” “FaceTime” and “Info”
  • New animation for turning device completely off – like an old TV turning off
  • You can teach Siri how to pronounce names instead of using phonetics*
  • Siri can turn on the flashlight*
  • When you have activated a timer, a live countdown appears on the lock screen under the time*
  • All Apple stock apps do not have the ‘gloss’ layer*
  • Some third party apps such as ‘Whatsapp’ have automatically lost the gloss layer*

CURRENT FAULTS OR LIMITATIONS

  • Issues connect to WiFi
  • Overall laggy experience (this is expected as this is the first beta)
  • Crashes
  • Battery drains a lot faster
  • The wallpaper preview in the settings app shows the iOS 6 home screen and lock screen 
  • Do Not Disturb does not stay on or off.
  • Sometimes, when unlocking iPhone, home screen does not appear – it is blank. Need to sleep and wake again.
  • Slow delivery of iMessages
  • Activation failure for iMessage and/or FaceTime
  • Album art does not appear properly in the lockscreen for iPhone 4 and 4S users
  • Can no longer delete whole albums in the Music App, only one song at a time
  • Siri does not start immediately, sometimes it also crashes and reboots the phone*
  • Voice Memos app is not present in this beta (confimed by Apple to be returning soon)*
  • Reminders do not appear in Notification Centre unless you turn them off and then on in settings*
  • Still can not play audio from Safari in the background*
  • New Siri voices have not been added*
  • Can no longer delete single albums from the music app*
  • Deleting single songs from the music app can be troublesome*

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iOS 7 will be supported on the following devices:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad mini
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3rd Generation
  • iPad 4th Generation
  • iPod touch 5th Generation

Alleged Future Device Support:

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPad 5th Generation
  • iPad mini 2nd Generation
  • iPod touch 6th Generation (unlikely)
  • iPhone (low-cost model)

Anticipated total number of devices which will support iOS 7 during 2013:

13 iOS devices

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First Look: iOS 6.1 beta 1, beta 2, beta 3, beta 4 and beta 5 (GM) Features

Apple has released iOS 6.1 to the public. It is available for all iOS 6 devices.

The latest version of iOS 6.1 is beta 5. Please scroll down to read about the included features in this release.

Beta 5 appears to be the Gold Master (GM) release and is not available for installation over the air.

Beta 5 can be installed without a developer account or UDID registration!

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iOS 6.1 doesn’t seem to feature any huge, noticeable changes for the end-user. iOS 6.1 features some more Mapping tools for developers to add the new Maps into their apps. This means that developers will be able to make better use of the new Mapping software which was introduced in June 2012.

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iOS 6.1 Beta 1 Features:

“REPORT A PROBLEM” (or two)

The “Report A Problem” button in Maps is now more prominent, taking up two buttons worth of space. Looks like Apple is really keen on knowing every thing they can do to fix the Maps app. The buttons are also much slimmer. Here is a comparison of the old and new style:

NEW LOCK SCREEN MUSIC CONTROLS

Apple has finally reflected the new Music app on the lock screen with these new look controls. They are essentially the same with more spacing and with that new silver look. The clock moves to the status bar. You can get to them by double-clicking the home button on the lock screen. And yes, the volume slider icon does reflect in the light when you tilt the device, just like in the Music app. A very similar interface has been added to the iPad, but it also has an option to scrub through the song – right from the lock screen.

“RESET ADVERTISING IDENTIFIER”

There is a new option in About >; Advertising, that allows you to “Reset Advertising Identifier”.

BOOK CINEMA TICKETS WITH SIRI VIA FANDANGO

Soon, you’ll be able to book movie tickets using Siri via the Fandango service. You can already book tables at restaurants, and the ability to book movies will be even better.

WI-FI NETWORKING TOGGLE

In System Services, a new toggle has been added which turns ‘WiFi networking’ on and off.

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iOS 6.1 Beta 2 Features

PASSBOOK MAKES DEFINITIONS

When Apple introduced Passbook in June 2012, they didn’t really make clear what it actually was. They described it roughly as ”an app to hold your tickets and boarding passes”. It left end users confused. Apple has now added a sample card in Passbook describing what it does and how to use it. They even describe what the ‘App Store’ button was for.

POSITION OF LENGTH OF SONGS CHANGED

The minutes and seconds of a song are now listed beneath the song title. It was moved to make space for the iCloud icon for downloading music down from the cloud.

HEARING AID MODE RELOCATED

The hearing aid mode is no longer turn on with a simple toggle in Accessibility. You now have a new menu for it called ‘Hearing Aids’.

NEW LIVE LISTEN FEATURE

A new feature has been added in that new hearing aid menu. It’s called Live Listen and lets you use your iPhone as a remote microphone.

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iOS 6.1 beta 3 features

GENERAL UPDATES WITH iOS 6.1 Beta 3:

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This is not a feature per se, but iOS 6.1 beta 3 seems like a bug fix release than anything else. It also feels a lot more stable and snappy. It is unclear if there is a signature feature missing from 6.1 that will debut at launch but you can expect a GM release soon.

ICLOUD SETTINGS UPDATE

Apple has updated it’s iCloud settings and in this beta of iOS 6.1 you are asked to confirm your Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages when starting your device for the first time after installation. It asks you to confirm how people can reach you and tells you that you can change these settings at any time. It is not clear if the end user will also see this screen when the software is finally released.

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PASSBOOK SAMPLE CARD SLIGHTLY UPDATED

The small text on the sample Passbook card has been updated – the UK version at least. The updates to the card are very minor with some American English words written in British English – such as ‘movie tickets’ replaced with ‘cinema tickets’. Below, the UPDATED card is on the RIGHT.

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IMPROVEMENTS TO RESET ADVERTISING IDENTIFIER

Previously, when you clicked ‘Reset Advertising Identifier’, nothing would happen. The button would just blink because it didn’t actually do anything. Now, you are given an option to confirm your choice and it is now working.

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VOICE DIAL ONLY

With the advent of Siri on more and more devices, it seems weird that Apple would update something that is as old as the iPhone 3GS, but if you still use Voice Control, there is a new section in the settings for it that allow you to set it to ‘Voice Dial Only’. You can choose a language from the list to use Voice Dial with.

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NEW MOBILE/CELLULAR DATA OPTION

There is a new toggle for mobile/cellular data for iTunes. It was removed in the previous betas. It’s made a come back and by default, it is turned off.

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iOS 6.1 Beta 4 Features

GENERAL UPDATES WITH IOS 6.1 BETA 4

There doesn’t seem to be any huge or noticable changes in the latest build of iOS 6.1. Seems like yet another a bug fix release, with minor changes. This could all change with the GM release expected next, preceded by an Apple Keynote. Since there isn’t many new features in this beta, you should scroll down to the ‘Other Notable New Features in 6.1″ section of this post.

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On Monday 17th December, Apple released the 4th beta build of iOS 6.1. This section is currently being updated with beta 4 content. Please check back soon for the most in-depth beta coverage on the internet!

APPLE MAPS – REPORT A PROBLEM

Despite the return of the superior Google Maps on iOS, Apple still wants to know to do with their Maps app. When you report a problem in Maps, you now have more options to choose from.

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iOS 6.1 Beta 5/GM

There are no new features in beta 5. It seems to be another new bug fix release. Beta 5 can be installed without a developer account, so if you want iOS 6.1 now, look out for beta 5 leaks 😉

Unless Apple made a mistake, Beta 5 is not available OTA (Over The Air). It must be downloaded from the developer website and its just over a gigabyte large.

Since there isn’t many new features in this beta, you should scroll down to the ‘Other Notable New Features in 6.1″ section of this post.

SPLIT KEYBOARD TOGGLE

Apple has quietly added a toggle for turning the split keyboard on or off on the iPad. It can be found in General > Keyboard > Split Keyboard. Split Keyboard is a feature which was first introduced in iOS 5.

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OTHER NOTABLE NEW FEATURES WITH iOS 6.1

  • Slightly revised music app with the ‘Artists’ tab more consistent.
  • Snappier experience with iPad 3rd Generation and iPhone 4S
  • Improved App Store experience
  • When checking for updates in the App Store, clicking the inverted triangle for an update is more accurate.
  • More cities in Maps are in 3D (this is expected with every release of iOS 6)
  • Maps is a bit more accurate in the sense that more countries are covered with better satellite imagery
  • Album art is better centered on the lock screen.
  • 4G LTE on the “EE” network in the UK has been improved
  • 4G LTE software support has been added to a network in Denmark
  • Improved Siri functionality over Wi-FI
  • Performance on iPhone 4, 4S and iPod touch 4G is greatly improved.
  • New lock screen Music controls on iPad
  • Download single tracks from iTunes Match, rather than whole albums
  • Improved battery life on iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
  • iOS 6.1 Beta 3 is more stable than the previous beta versions of 6.1
  • New setup for users running the 3rd beta version of 6.1.
  • 4G LTE enabled on the Portugese network; TMN
  • Ability to delete music from device while keeping a copy of the track in the cloud for download later
  • The YouTube icon in the share menu has been updated to match the downloadable YouTube app icon
  • Improve noise cancellation during calls on iPhone 5
  • Notification bug fixed with the release of beta 4
  • Removal of background audio playing from Safari
  • Safari improvements (seriously, its true!)
  • Split Keyboard toggle for iPad 2, 3rd gen, 4th gen and iPad mini

KNOWN ISSUES WITH iOS 6.1 OVERALL

  • The Panorama mode on iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 is broken and crashes. FIXED
  • iOS 6.1 is not working too well on iPad 2. Seems laggy.FIXED
  • Using Siri on 3G networks is slower (A confirmed bug, that Apple is said to be improving over the next few days) FIXED
  • Exchange doesn’t seem to be fixed properly
  • Bluetooth MAP doesn’t seem fixed properly
  • Weak WiFi on some devices.
  • Poor sound quality from A5 processor and later devices FIXED
  • App Store says there are updates pending, when there isn’t.
  • Even if you are using Wi-Fi, iPhone indicates that you are using 3G. Going to the Wi-Fi settings will temporarily fix it.
  • iPhone 5 loudspeaker problems – although some users are reporting that this has been fixed
  • Lag on iPhone 3GS with beta 3 – REDUCED
  • Problems accepting the iTunes terms and conditions. Can be done if you try again though. FIXED
  • A bug in the Mail.app causes it to freeze (hang) FIXED
  • With beta 4, some updates appear in the app store again, even though the app may already have been updated.
  • Music.app lags on iPad – iPad mini in particular

MISSING FEATURES?

  • “Mountain Lion” style dock (That beautiful dock in OS X 10.8 hasn’t made its way to iOS yet. Click here to view example)
  • Translucent Camera app bar on iPhone 3GS/4/4S for consistency with the iPad Camera App – may not happen in all trueness
  • ‘Kill All’ button in the multitasking bar – iOS 7 feature perhaps?
  • ‘Close All Tabs’ button in Safari for quick tab closing
  • Private Browsing button within the Safari app.
  • As of beta 4, there STILL NO mountain lion dock. Come on Apple! I thought it was about unifying the experience?
  • Widgets – Unlikely in a 0.1 release but there isn’t even a slight hint that they are coming
  • Missing a refreshed QuickTime interface to match the new controls found on the lock screen and Music.app
  • A new Music.app interface to match iTunes 11

Please come back and check this post for the latest run down of iOS 6.1.

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What is the release date for iOS 6.1?

iOS 6.1 Release Date: Between January and February 2013 after an Apple Keynote

Schedule:

  1. Apple Keynote to be held between January and February (I cannot disclose the nature of this event, however all I will say that it is a software orientated event)
  2. Gold Master Seed with one new signature feature to be released on the same day as keynote
  3. Public release within 1-2 weeks of GM Seed, possibly a few days before the ‘topic’ discussed in the keynote is released

This information was obtained from a source which believes they have some inside information about how Apple is going to handle 6.1.

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Supported Devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad 2nd/3rd/4th Gen
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 4th and 5th gen