By Stephen Schenck | August 6, 2013 3:10 PM
Apple is really picking up the pace with its releases of new beta builds of iOS 7, as we barrel on towards the software’s public release, expected for late this summer or early fall. It’s only been just over a week since iOS 7 beta 4 showed up, and now we’re already moving forward to beta 5, hitting developer hardware today.
So far, we haven’t heard of anything incredibly interesting – like those signs pointing to support for fingerprint scanner hardware in beta 4 – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole lot of useful tweaks and bugfixes.
Enhancements have been made to lock screen music controls, and unlocking itself no longer triggers any sound cue. There are fixes related to apps like Twitter and Skype, and broken support for headphone-based controls gets repaired. Like we’ve seen with other beta releases, there’s a bunch of work to unify the new look of iOS 7, delivering a lot of new icon designs in the process. We also see improvements to dictionary support, snappier animations, and some minor reorganizing in the Mail app.
Don’t expect to see too many more of these betas as we really start closing in on the public iOS 7 release.