Feb05

Is iOS 7.1 Arriving This Month?

Our iOS developers have had access to beta builds of iOS 7.1 for a number of months now, and we’ve shared information about some of the new features and fixes that are coming.  But now we’re hearing that Apple has no further beta releases planned, which tells us that a public release of 7.1 is coming soon.  Get your iPads and iPhone ready!

Our developers who have had access to the beta builds tell us that users won’t see a seismic shift in the look and feel as was presented from iOS 6 to 7.  iOS 7.1 is more about enhancing some of the interface elements, like making the call and answer buttons in the phone application circular, and making minor changes to the keyboard which make the shift and delete keys more prominent.

The Buttons get a revamp in iOS 7.1

Note the changes to the shape of the decline/answer buttons in iOS 7.1’s phone app

Further tweaks include the ability to control the parallax effect that gave a bit of a 3D feel to the background wallpaper in relation to the icons presented above it.  Some users found that this gave them a bit of nausea, so now users can decide to turn on or off this effect.

iOS 7 Performance Issues Addressed

As far as what is going on under the hood, as one might expect, there are a number of fixes to reported bugs that have resulted in random crashes and reboots.  But perhaps the most important change is one that everyone can applaud.  Many users felt that iOS 7 just wasn’t as responsive as iOS 6.  This was particularly apparent on older devices like the iPhone 4.  One of our developers reports that where iOS 7 was giving him a choppy experience on his iPhone 4s, the latest build of iOS 7.1 beta is far more snappy.

Our developer has shared the release note and change log, which we’re posting below:

Notes and Known Issues

The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.1 beta 5 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.

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  .

Siri

Notes

This seed adds new natural-sounding Siri voices for English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin – China).

The iOS device initially uses a compact voice for Siri. After you have configured a Wi-Fi network and have the device connected to a power source, iOS will automatically download and install a higher quality version.

Sync

Known Issue

In some situations, the “Connect to iTunes over USB to re-enable Wi-Fi Sync” prompt is not shown after an update as expected. Connecting to iTunes to re-enable Wi-Fi Sync is still required (and still functions as expected), it is just that the UI is not shown.

After upgrading to beta 5, iTunes Wi-Fi Sync users should connect their devices to their hosts to re-pair to enable wireless syncing.

UIKit

Known Issues

  • Bar button background images are ignored in apps built and deployed to iOS 7.1 when they are set using UIBarButtonItem setBackgroundImage:forState:style:barMetrics: with UIBarButtonItemStyleBordered as the style argument.Workaround: Use UIBarButtonItemStylePlain or UIBarButtonItemStyleAny in this case, or use UIBarButtonItem setBackgroundImage:forState:barMetrics:.
  • 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 backIndicatorTransitionMaskImage from a storyboard or a xib will not be interpreted correctly at runtime.Workaround: Set the backIndicatorTransitionMaskImage in code.

As with any iOS beta release, only those currently enrolled in the iPhone Developer Program will be able to install the latest beta build, and then only on properly registered devices.  If you’ve tried to do an end run and install the beta on a non-registered device, you have likely bricked your device.  Luckily, we have a guide available to help you recover your device to a working state.

So what do you think?  Are you excited about the impending release of iOS 7.1?  Frustrated that it took so long to work out the kinks in iOS 7?  Less than thrilled at the smaller buttons to answer phone calls?  Let us know in the comments section below.

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