Apple continues iOS 7 development as beta 2 released

Our Apple coverage as of late sure may seem like it’s been focused on new iPhone hardware, but that doesn’t mean there also haven’t been a large number of developments on the software side. We’re hearing about new functionality being uncovered in iOS 7 all the time, but it’s rare that a little tweak to one UI element or another is enough to warrant bringing it to your attention. Today, on the other hand, there’s a much more significant change coming down the pipeline, with Apple releasing the second iOS 7 beta.

Beta 2 is largely a collection of smaller changes, which is as we’d expect. There doesn’t seem to be any big stand-out improvement (besides possibly the addition of iPad support), but the sort of gradual enhancements that evolve during a beta period. That includes things like modifications to music playback controls, icon changes in the Control Center, iMessage avatars, a new look for the Newsstand, and much more. One neat improvement is a gender control for Siri, letting you choose between a male or female voice.

We’ve likely still got several more betas to go through before iOS 7 is ready for prime time; we’ll be sure to update you on any worthwhile changes appearing in those future releases.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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