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Apple releases iOS 7.1 beta 2 to developers

Adds car display toggle, improved Touch ID settings and bug fixes
Mon Dec 16 2013, 15:22
iOS 7 side by side on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C

SOFTWARE HOUSE Apple has released its iOS 7.1 beta 2 to developers.

As you'd expect, iOS 7.1 beta 2 isn't ground-breaking, instead delivering a handful of tweaks and more bug fixes.

Among the included tweaks is the added ability for users to access Touch ID and Passcode Settings within the main Settings menu, rather than fumbling through multiple options. Apple has added a new Accessibility setting too, allowing iDevice users to switch button shapes.

Apple's second beta of iOS 7.1 also speeds up animation speed throughout the mobile operating system, which means that it should be somewhat faster at opening apps. Apple has speeded up the iTunes Match process too, Apple Insider reports, making it easier for subscribers to access their music in the cloud.

Other tweaks included in Apple's latest iOS developer release include the ability to minimise headers in Safari when a website is loading, a refresh to the Calendar application, and a new toggle for Car Display.

This new toggle has caused the online rumour mill to run wild, with reports claiming that it hints that Apple will release its "iOS in the Car" feature sooner rather than later. This feature, according to reports, will allow iDevice users to link an iPhone or iPad to a car, which would provide an interface that lets users control things like music, messages, and maps through the vehicle.

Apple's iOS 7.1 beta 2 is available for download from Apple's developer website as well as over the air on test devices. µ


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