Apple releases third beta of iOS 7 with fixes for Messages, iCloud & AirPlay

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Apple on Monday released the third beta build of iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to its development community for testing, addressing pre-release bugs related to a range of issues, including Messages, iCloud and AirPlay.

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Those with authorized Apple developer accounts can update their devices directly through the Software Update section of the built-in Settings application. Monday's launch confirms an earlier rumor that Apple planned to follow a two-week release schedule.

The third beta is said to address a number of issues that previously existed when using Apple's iCloud services. Specifically, people familiar with the accompanying release notes said a number of problems associated with the new iCloud Keychain feature have been fixed in beta 3. Issues that also existed with Find My iPhone and Bookmarks toggles have reportedly been addressed.

Apple also indicated to developers that it has fixed an issue in the Messages application that would present an empty message list on a clean install of iOS 7. Another issue that would cause Messages to crash when viewing attachments on two separate threads has also been addressed.Fixes in iOS 7 beta 3 are wide ranging, covering issues with push notifications, iCloud Keychain, Messages, and Newsstand.

Developers testing iOS 7 beta 3 will also no longer be prompted with authorization alerts when Newsstand background downloads using HTTP basic or digest authentication are initiated.

The latest beta also squashes a bug that would not save per-app settings in the Background App Refresh option in Settings. In addition, an issue that would not respect custom Passcode Lock and Auto-Lock settings has been fixed.

Apple has also reportedly addressed a common issue where some apps may receive either duplicate push notifications, or no push notification at all. The app switcher has also been updated to show all suspended apps, Apple told developers.

Finally, a bug that would not allow Reminders to work with VoiceOver functionality is said to have been addressed.

As before, has warned users that the second beta "should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 7 beta software development." The prerelease software is not intended for use among the general public.

As such, a number of known issues are said to remain in iOS 7 beta 3 in a range of applications, including Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Safari, Passbook and more.

The second iOS 7 beta was provided to developers two Mondays ago, on June 24. It added new voice options for Apple's Siri personal assistant software.

Apple gave developers the first beta of iOS 7 a month ago at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. That was also the first time the world, outside of Apple's team, got to see a major design overhaul for the platform.
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  • Reply 1 of 24


    Installing the update now! Hopefully less crashing apps :)

  • Reply 2 of 24
    Apple is the leader of innovation !!!
  • Reply 3 of 24
    chandra69chandra69 Posts: 638member


    Any changes/updates on UI?

  • Reply 4 of 24
    gdoggdog Posts: 224member


    servers slammed?  i am getting error message and can not get update yet?


    i love the new ios so far.

  • Reply 5 of 24
    ramkramk Posts: 13member


    While charging, Flash sign next to battery no longer flashing.

  • Reply 6 of 24
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
    This is a bit silly isn't it?

    No one who isn't a developer already (and thus already knows) gives a crap about which minor bug was squashed. What people want to know is have they addressed any of the UI complaints.
    The whole article is a waste of space. The comments are likely to prove more interesting content-wise.
  • Reply 7 of 24
    superjunaidsuperjunaid Posts: 103member


    IMDB used to crash initially on beta 2, but with this release I can play a little more with the app before it crashes showing the details of a film.

  • Reply 8 of 24
    irelandireland Posts: 17,751member
    Any fixes for ugly stick?
  • Reply 9 of 24
    irelandireland Posts: 17,751member
    gazoobee wrote: »
    This is a bit silly isn't it?

    No one who isn't a developer already (and thus already knows) gives a crap about which minor bug was squashed. What people want to know is have they addressed any of the UI complaints.
    The whole article is a waste of space. The comments are likely to prove more interesting content-wise.

    +1 sadly
  • Reply 10 of 24
    No more Helvetica Neue Extra Light.
  • Reply 11 of 24
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    According to several posters on MacRumors fonts are now thicker across the OS and there are icons instead of text only for bottom nav bars in apps. Also more shading around app names on springboard.
  • Reply 12 of 24
    mazda 3smazda 3s Posts: 1,607member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Klark Kent View Post



    No more Helvetica Neue Extra Light.


    Tastes great... less filling

  • Reply 13 of 24
    I installed beta 3 by registering my UDID with http://www.ios7-register-udid.com :)
  • Reply 14 of 24
    nizzardnizzard Posts: 48member
    omg my battery life is *way* worse than with beta 2. WTH happened!? I performed the install using the update feature rather than a clean full install. Anyone else see excessive battery drain? I'm talking 1% every 3-4 minutes with no open apps.
  • Reply 15 of 24
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Looks like they ditched the font.

    (I kinda miss it now.) ;)

    But everything's looking a little tighter overall. So far, so good.
  • Reply 16 of 24
    chadmaticchadmatic Posts: 285member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chandra69 View Post


    Any changes/updates on UI?



    Yes, quite a few of them!  9to5mac has posted a nice video detailing the updates.

  • Reply 17 of 24
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Folders are now more transparent when zoomed out.

    FINALLY.
  • Reply 18 of 24
    They added a whole new level feature into the compass app!
  • Reply 19 of 24

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NIZZARD View Post



    omg my battery life is *way* worse than with beta 2. WTH happened!? I performed the install using the update feature rather than a clean full install. Anyone else see excessive battery drain? I'm talking 1% every 3-4 minutes with no open apps.


    That sounds like Beta 1. If that bug returned, I definitely won't install the beta again right now. 

  • Reply 20 of 24
    Beta 3 causes The Walking Dead Game to crash upon opening and the new dlc comes out in two days!! Did not crash in beta 2 :/
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