The release is in line with earlier speculation that the company planned to dole out betas in two-week cycles.
The new version includes some general performance improvements and fixes a number of issues that had cropped up in the second beta, including problems with iCloud, AirPlay, and the Messages application.
The user interface received a few tweaks as well, including more transparent folders, redesigned music controls, and the calendar now shows which days you have events on. The update also brought with it enhancements to FaceTime and a better Siri voice.
It’s standard practice for Apple to release several beta versions of the software before it debuts it to the public. Apple has said iOS 7 will come to the public in the fall.iOS 6 had four different beta versions between its June debut and late September release last year, so we can expect at least one more beta to arrive for iOS 7.
A quick visit to Apple’s iOS 7 web page reveals little about the technology:
iOS 7 takes full advantage of technologies in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to push the iOS experience further. Distinct and functional layers help create depth and establish hierarchy and order.
The use of translucency provides a sense of context and place. And new approaches to animation and motion make even the simplest tasks more engaging.
- Faster and more stable than previous releases
- Minor font and transparency changes in Notification Center
- Minor UI changes in Music app
- New font in Weather app
- Larger status bar items on Lock screen
- Calendar app now shows dots for scheduled events on monthly view
- New search bar and pull-to-refresh animation in Mail app
- Folders now appear more transparent
- New icon animations when downloading an app
- New font in Settings app
- New font and font color in Messages app
- New animation when accessing Spotlight search
- Minor UI tweaks in Safari search
- You can now use apps while they’re updating
- Lock screen now shows clock while playing a song
- New animation when compressing video to be shared
- .com key in Safari’s unibar keyboard is finally gone
- New Top Charts icon in the App Store
- Boot up no longer shows spinning wheel
- Brightness and Wallpaper page have been updated with iOS 7 UI
- Now Playing track now displayed fully in Music app
- You can now pinch-to-zoom in Music app while in landscape mode
- New stations added to iTunes Radio
- Tap on album cover in Music app to rate a song
- Messages app now open to conversation list instead of opening to unread message
- Send progress bar now wider in Messages
- Dictionary now works
- New Wi-Fi diagnostic mode