iOS 7 beta 2 arrives with bug fixes, iPad version
New version of the software for developers fixes bugs, and adds support
for the iPad — something that wasn’t in the initial release.
Apple on Monday released the second beta of iOS 7, exactly two weeks after the first iteration of the software was doled out to developers.
The new version promises only to fix bugs and contains other undocumented “improvements.”
But the big new thing in this release is a version of the software
for iPads — both the regular and Mini models. The first version of the
software only came for iPhones and
iPod Touches, with Apple promising to add support for other devices as time went on.
The software requires developers to sign a privacy agreement, but that hasn’t stopped numerous developers and some blogs from posting extensive hands-on previews of the new OS.
It’s been standard practice for Apple to roll out several beta
versions of the software before it’s released to the public, which Apple
has said will happen in the fall. In terms of how many more of these to
iOS 6 had four different beta versions between its June debut and late September release last year.
Perhaps not since 2010’s iOS 4 (which brought multitasking) has there
been quite so much scrutiny on just what Apple’s up to with these
interim updates. iOS 7 is a massive visual and, in some cases,
functional overhaul of the versions that came before it, and many things
are expected to change before it’s officially released.
Update: The software also brings back a reworked version of
Apple’s voice memos application, which has been a built-in utility since
2009’s iOS 3.0, though was not provided in the initial beta of iOS 7.