Apple seeds iOS 7.1 beta to developers

Apple has made iOS 7.1 beta available to developers for all compatible iOS devices which include:

• iPhone 5s
• iPhone 5c
• iPhone 5
• iPhone 4S
• iPhone 4
• iPad Air
• iPad (3rd and 4th gen.)
• iPad 2
• iPad mini with Retina display
• iPad mini
• iPod touch (5th gen.)

Apple’s iOS 7.1 release notes can be found here.

26 Comments

  1. Bring back some iOS6 pseudomorphism and we’ll have an awesome iOS.

    Don’t like the hard to read opacities that overlay text on top of other text. Hard to push buttons. Simple, basic controls that are now hard to find.

    1. Yeah, I don’t like the flat icons in iOS 7–they look, sorry to say it, like windoze 8. Still, it won’t affect me for quite a while–my oldish iOS devices can’t go beyond iOS 5 and 6.

  2. Same flat, featureless icons as the previous iOS 7 junk. Useless from a usability standpoint. Hated by most iOS users. Tim Cook really knows how to evaporate goodwill like raindrops in the sun.

      1. Personal experience. Everyone I mention iOS 7 to criticizes it. I’ve never heard “you get used to it” said so much before. That speaks in volumes about how crappy it is for UI. I have a huge list of things of they changed just for the sake of changing. Little things like moving the freaking icons in Safari to the other side of the address bar why? Created nothing but confusion with your standard users and I’m not talking about the power users you see in this forum.

    1. MDN had a post a while back, oddly iOS 7 faired just as good as iOS 6 did in reviews… by users.
      May have been 1-2% higher even.
      And I say oddly because all I hear about iOS 7 is hatred.

      I love iOS 7’s features and improvements… but would rather have iOS 6’s look.

      If apple would allow a “classic” theme i think 99% of iOS 7 users would be very happy. (ability to have either look)

  3. After two months on iOS 7, I had a chance last week to spend some time on iOS6 again (friend’s old iPhone 5 who refused to update). The OS is POSITIVELY ARCHAIC at this point. So many things seem in wrong place, not to mention missing.

    I was one of the people who was skeptical (after the noise from all the developers’ beta testing feedback), but I updated anyway, and I tried taking it in stride, since there was no way back. I can’t possibly imagine going back to iOS 6 anymore — it would be a colossal frustration.

    The older we are, the more difficult it is to adapt to change. But often times, change is actually good.

    1. I tried posting something to this effect above but it never showed up for some reason…

      When I fired up my iOS6 iPod Touch after a couple of months spent with iOS7 on my iPhone, I was really surprised how busy, dark and harsh 6 looked in comparison.

    2. Well I disagree. Every time I use
      iOS 7 on my iPad air it’s disgusting the white UI and background everywhere makes me feel like I’m in a hospital. I still have iOS 6 on my iPhone 5 and refuse to upgrade because ios6 is professional and pleasant looking and pleasant to use. I do like some of the new features in iOS 7 but they’re just not worth it.

    3. Thank you. You’re not alone on this. Once I got used to iOS 7, the interface on iOS 6 looked so old-fashioned as to seem silly by comparison. When someone at work pulled up the iOS 6 compass, I almost laughed. Why I would I want the cartoony simulated physical compass from iOS 6 rather than the version in iOS 7 that looks like it comes from a modern airplane display?

      Don’t get me wrong: I’d like to see some of the icons changed. But I just want more attractive artwork — I don’t want to go back to the icons looking like raised buttons.

      I also don’t want to go back to…
      — Having to move that slider to unlock the phone, which didn’t work if your thumb moved off the slider, instead of just sliding the whole screen as in iOS 7.
      — Having to double-click the home screen for basic playback controls, instead of having full playback controls right there.
      — Not being able to adjust the volume before I play something, instead of being able to thumb up the control center and take care of it. (I blasted my ears way too many times because of that.)

      Really, all the anti-iOS7 whining reminds me of the anti-OSX whining from 2001. Waah, waah, waah, I hate the dock, give me back windowshades and folder tabs, where’s my switcher menu, waah waah waah. Apple gave those whiners nothing, and they shut up. Surprisingly, there was no mass exodus to Windows.

      ——RM

  4. Looks like mostly bugfixes.

    One fundamental UI fix: toggling to BOLD test no longer requires a restart. I always found that quite boneheaded on Apple’s part.

    Still waiting for Ive to fix his hideous font, icon, and color choices, though.

    1. Hilarious. They realize that everyone has to turn on bold to live with the crappy new fonts but they won’t fix the crappy new fonts. Stubborn Idiots won’t give us a choice like every other operating system in the world which let us customize the look and the UI colors! Christ does John Ive wear all white shirts and pants every day ?

      1. Well, I much prefer sleek, elegant and discrete new fonts over in-your-face, clunky, fat, ugly and archaic old version. I swear, if someone were to completely take away the new UI and replace it with the old one, I would be extremely tempted to migrate to Android. The old interface is just so extremely busy, and loud.

        Steve used to wear jeans and black turtleneck every day, so his mindset seems to permeate Apple’s entire product lines (there is extremely limited customisation). If you like what they offer, then all is perfect; however, if you don’t, you face a difficult choice — either continue using best products in the world, even though some things aren’t the way you’d want them, or switch to a competitor.

        Apple never really gave us much to customise, and it is apparent that there is a very vocal minority of people who don’t seem to like the UI change in iOS 7. While the noise will likely eventually subside, but hopefully, as a consequence of that noise, Apple might expand the extremely limited customisability of their UI elements.

  5. The thing I really hope they add I was able to pass on to a ‘senior advisor’ during a support call, but who knows how much good that does.

    When you have a text come in and immediately unlock the phone, doesn’t it seem dumb that you aren’t immediately taken to Messages rather than having to navigate your way there? Did iOS6 do this? I don’t remember being so annoyed by it before.

    1. you are unlocking the iPhone using the “swipe to unlock” and NOT the actual message body.

      now in iOS 6, whatever notification comes on the lock screen.. *before* the lock screen dims.. you could “swipe to unlock” and go to that specific notification. *that* has changed.
      iOS 7 you have to open with the individual notification to be taken to it, regardless of when it popped up. (right then, or 3 hours ago)

      1. The advantage of iOS 7 is that when you have a lock screen-full of various notifications (new text, new e-mail, new skype, new article on NY Times), you can go directly to any one of these by swiping at the individual notification itself, rather than at the bottom of the screen. After typing the lock-screen password, you’re taken directly to that message (or article, if notification is from a publication application).

  6. Johnny Ive represent the European aesthetic principles which have proved so popular in apples industrial design. In software interface these principles have jarred in a lot of American users who seem to prefer the real work pastiche of faux leather and wood. Doubtless there are interface concerns regarding the UX (anyone keep hitting the blue tooth toggle when closing control centre? Does mail have a lag in keeping the icon messages number up to date?) but most concerns appear to aesthetic and with this come arguments of pure subjectivity. IMO the new OS reflects the svelte, slim and lightweight hardware more directly than the previous – if they can just add a touch more dimension (gradients anyone?) then I’d be happier.

  7. Great. One millisecond of delay. I could not live with this. But the sync problems of iBooks are not yet fixed? Do I still need to send PDF’s and ePubs by email to my iPad/iPhone to sync?

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