Apple on Monday released the fourth beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, which is now imminent for the general public. Comparing to the last build, the release has come with interface changes and new features that will certainly delight users.
The beta 4 (build 11D5127c) weighs about 112 MB, depending on the target device. It may not be the last pre-release build, and according to industry experts, there may be an additional beta — or maybe even two — before the public release.
As already seen in the third beta, Apple has been working on more performance improvements than new features. While some graphics issues are resolved that could confuse the iOS 7 users as the red power off slider wasn’t recognizable easily when the background is set.
The new slider is now white and unmistakable, and with slower and fluid animation, it invites you to slide your fingers to turn off or unlock the device.
The numeric keypad for phone calls, has already been larger in the previous beta but now allow quick addition of new contacts. After entering the number, just press the ‘+’ icon next to it to save the contact in the address book.
In terms of accessibility, a few options are added such as the ability to dismiss the parallax effect while changing the background, a more visible section for TouchID and Passcode settings, and a new animation for Control Center. In addition, we may see an Anglo-Saxon version of Siri, although it’s not yet known.
If we believe the predictions by experts, the official launch of iOS 7.1 won’t be expected before the end of February.