Apple has begun seeding iOS 7 Beta 2 for developers and apart from containing various bug fixes and speed improvements also beings support for the iPad.
The beta versions are meant only for developers to make sure that their apps work before the final version of iOS is released in September. Beta 2 is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update that you can check via Settings -> General -> Software Update, if you’re on Beta 1 of iOS 7. If you’re not on iOS 7, then you can grab the complete download, over at developer.apple.com.
While it was surprising that the iOS 7 beta was not released for iPad it is good to see Apple release a version just 2 weeks after the original. It has support for both the iPad and iPad mini. The initial version only supported iPhones and the fifth generation iPod touch.
iOS 7 beta 2 brings also back the Voice Notes app which was missing in the initial beta. This features a all new redesigned app.
Another addition the beta is the ability to stream purchased content from iTunes that is not stored on your device.
There are slight design tweaks all over the OS in an effort to get it a bit more consistent.
Apple had announced at the launch that one would be able to change the voice of Siri and one can now do that beginning with iOS7 beta 2.
Other small changes include: iTunes and App Store settings menus are now combined, Voicemail works, Exchange logo in Mail has been updated, a Traffic option has been added to the Notification Center, as well as general UI enhancements and performance updates.
Apple Publishes Transition Guide for iOS 7 Developers
iOS 7, which represents the biggest change to Apple’s design principles since the original iPhone, has seen a complete revamp in the way the OS looks and functions. To ease the transition for the iOS developers Apple has published a user interface transition guide which will help developers make their apps look native on the platform.
The guide is available only to members of Apple’s developer program and describes various changes in the latest version of the operating system including including edge-to-edge layouts, translucent menu and status bars, and buttons without borders.
With such a drastic change it is good to see Apple take these efforts to help developers for the transition so that their apps will be ready by the time the final version of the OS releases sometime in October this year.
Apple gave developers the first beta of iOS 7 two weeks ago at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.