iOS 7 Beta 2 Features

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

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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!