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What’s New in iOS 7.1 Beta 3: Not So Monotone, Not So Flat

8 January 2014 1,918 views No Comment

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Apple has pushed iOS 7.1 Beta 3 (aka Build 11D5127c) to registered developers and plenty has changed, including much needed updates to the user interface that make it more useable. From more legible buttons to stronger element highlighting, Apple is working the problems.

New in iOS 7.1 Beta 3:

— Tweaked icons that are less flat, monotone for Phone, Messages and FaceTime
— Wallpaper Parallax effect can be disabled
— Phone app has a new dialer and answer UI
— Updated (less flat, monotone) Repeat and Shuffle buttons
— New power off UI
— New dialogue in Safari “Search or enter an address” now reads “Search web or enter site name”
— Updated “New” button for creating iTunes Radio stations in Music
— New reduce white point option in accessibility contrast settings
— New backspace/shift highlights
— Via 9 to 5


Some of the updated icons in iOS 7.1 Beta 3. While these changes might seem subtle, their effect en toto will substantive — go, Apple, go!

iOS 7.1 Beta 3 Release Notes

Notes and Known Issues
The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.1 beta 3 to develop code.

Bluetooth — Known Issue
32-bit apps running on a 64-bit device cannot attach to BTServer.

CFNetwork — Notes
A compatibility behavior has been added to address an issue where some web servers would send the wrong Content-Length value for “Content-Encoding: gzip” content. Previously, NSURLConnection and NSURLSession would send a “network connection was lost” / NSURLErrorNetworkConnectionLost (-1005) error in this situation.

The compatibility behavior applies only if the Content-Length value exactly matches the expanded gzip’d content. It won’t apply for “off by 1” or similar miscounting.

iCloud — Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta 3
Creating a new iCloud account during setup assistant, should no longer give you an error when you enable iCloud Keychain.

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Click through for a larger view of how Apple’s improving the usability of iOS 7.

Messages — Known Issue
Messages sometimes indicates iMessage send failure immediately after sending.
Workaround:Tap the error icon to re-send the message.

Music App — Fixed in iOS 7.1 beta 3
Audiobooks now play as expected.

Safari — Notes
A property, minimal-ui, has been added for the viewport meta tag key that allows minimizing the top and bottom bars on the iPhone as the page loads. While on a page using minimal-ui, tapping the top bar brings the bars back. Tapping back in the content dismisses them again.

For example, use < meta name="viewport" content="width=1024, minimal-ui" > — remove unneeded spaces.

UIKit — Known Issues
If a UITextField or a UILabel that is baseline aligned with constraints has attributes that change after the constraints have been added, the layout may be incorrect. The exception to this is -setFont: on UILabel, which should work as expected.Workaround: Avoid making changes in UITextField or UILabel after adding baseline-alignment constraints. If you must make changes, you should remove the constraints and then reapply them afterward. Note that this is a performance hit, so don’t do it unless it is necessary.
The backIndicatorTransitionMask from a storyboard or a xib will not be interpreted correctly at runtime.Workaround: Set the backIndicatorTransitionMask in code.

Sources: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors, BGR

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