News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost
Enterprise Cloud Computing

Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Apple Releases New Beta of iOS 7, Nears Final Version
Apple Releases New Beta of iOS 7, Nears Final Version

By Seth Fitzgerald
August 6, 2013 1:50PM

    Bookmark and Share
Apple's customers have had to go through years of minimal change, and even with iOS 6, the few things that were significantly different did not go over well. Hype has always been one of the major driving forces behind the sales of new Apple devices and iOS 7 may well have the most hype associated with it of any previous version. Apple has released a new beta version.

Related Topics

iOS 7
Apple TV

Apple has pushed out beta 5 of iOS 7 to developers along with a new beta of the Apple TV software. This beta version signifies that we are getting even closer to a public release of iOS 7.

The beta is available for download via software update for developers or online at the Dev Center portal. Apple recommends that only developers use the software because it is meant solely for development and not for regular use.

The Changes

In beta 5 there are quite a few changes that have been made to iOS 7. Outside of the usual "bug fixes and improvements" it also adds the ability to disable access to the Control Center from within applications, including Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular, and Personal Hotspot.

One of the major issues with the previous beta version of iOS 7 was that password fields did not work in landscape mode for In-App Purchases or for the Game Center. Apple has told developers that although text entry is working in those scenarios, the text does not show up on the screen.

Beta 3 and 4 did provide more significant changes to iOS 7 such as the way the lockscreen slide-to-unlock operates, as well as the way Retina-display applications show up on the screen.

Changes to the Apple TV software integrates the set-top box with iOS 7. Until now a pre-iOS 7 device would have been needed to set up the Apple TV, whereas iOS 7 can now control it.

Big Changes with iOS 7

As a whole, iOS 7 will likely provide the most significant changes to the iOS ecosystem of any previous iteration. Part of this is due to lagging sales and Apple's belief that the more minimalistic iOS is, the happier customers will be.

The new backgrounds and icons are different from any previous version of iOS. Between the first iPhone and the iPhone 5, almost nothing in the operating system has changed in terms of aesthetics. Since Apple showed off many of iOS 7's features during WWDC 2013, users have been eager to try it out.

Apple's customers have had to go through years of minimal change, and even with iOS 6, the few things that were significantly different did not go over well. Hype has always been one of the major driving forces behind the sales of new Apple devices and iOS 7 may well have the most hype associated with it of any previous version.

Features like Control Center and AirDrop will provide users with a changed experience to the point that many of them will probably have to relearn parts of the OS simply because of how different it is from iOS 6.

Apple has yet to announce an official release date for iOS 7 but it is expected to come out within the next couple of months, alongside the next iPhone version.

Tell Us What You Think



Posted: 2013-08-06 @ 6:58pm PT
It's amazing how if Microsoft does something Apple previously did, they get absolutely hung, drawn and quartered over it, but when Apple adopts a "minimal UI because it will make customers happier", nobody even bats an eyelid.

Every apple fanboi out there who bagged METRO saying how bad it was being minimal can now eat their own words. At least Microsoft update their OS frequently... more than I can say for Apple who have been milking people's stupidity by pushing out the same old crap for nearly the last decade.

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

1.   Profit and Revenue Slip for IBM
2.   Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
3.   Vaio Fit Battery Danger Forces Recall
4.   Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
5.   Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive for Data Center

Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
Pilot program provides technology tools.
Average Rating:
Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive for Data Center
Can use 12 Gb/s SAS interface.
Average Rating:
Sony Digital Paper Cuts Paper Waste
High price justifiable for business.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.

NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.