Here’s what’s new in iOS 7 beta 2

Apple has just seeded iOS 7 beta 2 to developers via OTA.

Here’s what’s new in iOS 7 beta 2 based on information we’ve received from developers:

  • Voice Memos app, which was missing in iOS 7 beta 1 is back. As you can see in the screenshot below, it comes with a completely redesigned UI.

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  • iOS 7 beta 2 is also available for the iPad and iPad mini. Check this post for more details.
  • The Clock app in Control Center gets a new icon.

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  • You now have the option to select the Gender for Siri. It looks like this is available only if you have selected the language as English (United States), France (France), German (Germany).

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  • A new button to access all cities in the Weather app in the bottom right corner so you don’t need to access the cities (via 9to5Mac).

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  • The Reminders app has been revamped. The list view is a lot more compact now and there is new clock icon next to the search bar, which allows users to locate scheduled reminders.

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  • The iCloud keychain feature has been enabled in iOS 7 beta 2

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  • Avatars are now displayed in group messaging chat (via 9to5Mac).

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  • The Exchange icon has been updated for the Mail app.

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  • You can now disable traffic conditions in the Today view in Notification Center (via BGR).

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    • Bookmarks tab has been tweaked and the Bookmarks, Reading list and Shared links have been reordered (via 9to5Mac).

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  • The Newsstand app sports a new user interface.

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  •  The Nike+ app has been revamped in iOS 7 beta 2 (via 9to5Mac).

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  • Siri may have got a new, more realistic voice in iOS 7 beta 2, but it hasn’t lost its sense of humor as you can see below (via @richbrightman).

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  • Side swiping the text messages will now display approximate time they were sent/received (via Reader jj_ferns). Thanks Danut for the screenshot.

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  • Check out the video demo of Siri’s clearer, more natural sounding voice.
  • iCloud backups is available again. Automatic backups wasn’t available in iOS 7 beta 1.
  • Swipe up to close the app in the app switcher seems to be a lot smoother.
  • Search in Spotlight seems to be a lot faster.
  • The slide to answer a call has been replaced with Answer and Reject buttons in iOS 7 beta. Thanks Dangerous Dave for the tip!

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  • The lock screen default to music playback controls while music is playing (via reddit).

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  • We know you can turn on or turn off settings using Siri, but looks like you can also access Settings for an app using Siri. So if you say “Open Settings” while in a Mail app, it will open settings for the Mail app. You can also say “Open Settings for <app name>” to access settings for the app. This is quite neat. This was first observed in the first beta.
  • Messages app now displays the nickname at the top instead of the contact name (via reddit).

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Let us know if you find something interesting. Thanks everyone for the tips!

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  • laurnzo

    I’m updating now from “over the air” and will post anything new on here.

    • Damian W

      Me too

      • 8===D

        me 3

        • hush

          me 4

          • Baron DonXone Del Hameed

            me 5

  • Shahrukh

    They added the Siri voices and have it speak naturally also

  • nabariba

    Me 4

  • Keoni

    Still preparing the install. I’ll put an update if I find anything new.

  • nabariba

    Almost done

  • Daniel

    Waiting for the iPad version to download! Wooo

  • nabariba

    Installing now

  • Saad

    Can anyone register my udid for free. I will be appreciated.

  • 8===D

    The weather app has a new menu button on the bottom right so no more need to pinch for all cities

  • nabariba

    Keychain is enable pd in beta 2 as well

  • derek

    On a 4S here and it’s a LOT snappier. Also seems more stable – task switcher no longer seems to randomly cause a respring.

  • nabariba

    Works great

  • Julian Holmes

    Has anyone managed to install without Developer account like you could with first Beta ?

    • Danut Mihai Florian

      Alt-Update in iTunes on Mac or Shift-Update in Win and select the ipsw. It will work but not recommended…

  • 8===D

    IPHONE 4S HAS PHOTO EDITING WOOOOOT

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Thanks for the tip! Screenshot?

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      You mean real time photo filters?

      • Dangerous Dave

        sadly no real time photo filters for 4S in beta 2

  • ffac789

    I’m on beta 1 and not a developer. Looks like it will allow me to do the ota but I don’t have wifi here at my work. Will have to see if it works when I get home.

    • Julian Holmes

      I’m in same position but not sure whether to attempt update. Will you post results later ?

      • ffac789

        Sure man I’ll let you know. Let’s hope for the best!

        • Duston Foster

          Hey guys I posted this already but just wait till you can do a full restore to Beta 2 it is much much more responsive :)!

      • Naviel

        I attempted it on an iPhone 5, and it works. My brother also attempted it on his 4S and that worked as well!

      • jatt

        help help help help??? :-)

      • Laurnzo

        I am not a developer but i was able to do the Over the air without an issue. Just make sure you have wifi active though. Its a big file.

      • ffac789

        Ok, worked for me. I just did ota it’s quite responsive. No need to do a full restore.

  • Naviel

    The messages animation is different, now it slides up from below the keyboard kinda like how the apple site demoed it. :D

  • http://www.aagatawasthi.com/ Aagat Awasthi

    Just found out a bug in the World Clock… In the Analog clock mode, the city having night blackens out in the clock. But in the Digital Clock mode, all the city have the same background. In Beta 1, the cities having night time, were black in background!

    • Huey

      It’s not a bug exactly. When the clocks are in digital mode, it displays AM and PM already, whereas in analog mode, we wouldn’t see if they’re in AM or PM. I mean, what’s the point in displaying a clock in black when it already displays PM? So it’s not a bug, it’s a fix.

      • http://www.aagatawasthi.com/ Aagat Awasthi

        Isn’t it more visually appealing to have cities in night darkened??

        • Huey

          Only when it is in analog mode. It’s quite redundant if digital clocks are still darkened despite them already displaying PM

  • http://www.aagatawasthi.com/ Aagat Awasthi

    Why does iOS 7 still shows the old styled home screen demo in “Brightness and Wallpaper” settings?? Can you notice that slider unlock?? :)

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Yeah, it was reported in iOS 7 beta 1 as well.

      • jhon

        Will ios7 beta 2 will work without UDID??

        • Gonçalo

          Yes, it work :)

        • Julian Holmes

          No it doesn’t, NON DEVELOPERS dont attempt upgrade

          • jatt

            it work…

          • Naviel

            I have it running right now on my phone so, my phone must be magic then? lol

        • Jmdiaz25

          i got it to work on my iPad Mini

    • Danut Mihai Florian

      It’s a beta, guy.

  • Huey

    When pinching to zoom in or out among albums in music player while landscape, the transitions became god awful. I mean, I’m not exactly whining about it. It’s just that in the first beta, the transitions were smooth. Just stating for the sake of comparison.

  • jj_ferns

    side swiping the text messages will now display approximate time they were sent/received.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Nice. It will be great if you can you share the screenshot.

      • danut_florian

        Swipe the messages to the left

        • Franklin Richards

          Nice find!

  • Dangerous Dave

    don’t seem to be male female siri voices with english(uk) done a hard reboot and still nothing, any one else about to check and confirm? thanks (iphone4s)

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      Says it needs english US in the post

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      It seems to be available only when you select language as English (United States).

    • Dangerous Dave

      seems is a few other countrys that have male/female, france and germany do, i have not checked others, guess i have to wait for beta 3 for it in the uk

      • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

        Thanks, updated!

        • Dangerous Dave

          may be others as i did not check all the countrys

  • adam

    is there improved battery life? Mine has been dying so fast on ios7

    • Danut Mihai Florian

      Remove the animated wallpaper. Mine is quite ok, not better than ios6, but ok.

    • Franklin Richards

      Seems to be better~ Been using a few apps and playing around with siri and it hasn’t heated up the phone like it did in beta 1~ But still too early to determine ~
      If this means anything to you at all I had 100% charge to start with and after:
      -playing music over bluetooth for 20-30mins
      -playing with siri for 20min (I was really bored)
      -playing with youtube app for 10 min

      I now have 87%

  • Dangerous Dave

    slide to answer a call has gone, been replace with a green answer button and a red reject button, also if call fails eg person is on the phone you have a screen and buttons to call back or cancel

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      It would great if you can post the screenshot.

      • Dangerous Dave

        here is that screen shot of the incoming call screen with the new buttons

        • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

          Thanks! Prefer the Answer and Decline buttons.

          • Drusenija

            Are you sure this is new? iOS 6 (and probably earlier) does this already, you only get the slide to answer when the phone is locked. If your phone rings whilst it’s unlocked and being used you see the Answer and Decline buttons.

        • Danut Mihai Florian

          looks quite bad…

  • Shrivatsa Somany

    has anyone noticed the parallax effect (although a little buggy) is much stronger now? even the icons move.

    • Franklin Richards

      I’ve noticed it~ I’ve also found the lock screen panorama seems a bit more stable as well~ Before when you turn on the screen the background seems to do a flicker so that the image matches the correct orientation. Now it slowly moves the image and readjusts itself~ more aesthetically pleasing = D

      • ffac789

        Yup agreed!!

      • Shrivatsa Somany

        yeah definitely.
        It *seems* to be crashing less…lets hope thats true.

  • TheAmitMalka

    Found this hidden ‘more’ category on app store. Disappeared after i re-launched it. seems fishy tho. (twitter @theamitmalka)

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Strange, no idea what that’s meant for.

  • rvoje

    It is such a shame for 4s it doesn’t get stupid camera filters, but the new iPod touch, which has the same internals…

  • TheAmitMalka

    FaceTime is now transparent background (with a blur).

  • Franklin Richards

    I’ve been playing around with Siri and it does seem a lot more responsive and useful. Might actually use it more often now. Finally.

    And a little bit out of topic but how cool would it be if Apple signed a deal with Shazam so that Siri is able to identify music? With Apple’s presence in the music industry and iTunes~ It would be quite a good feature to have.

    • Blahblahblah

      You mean like Google Now does?

      • Franklin Richards

        Interesting~ I didn’t know google had that feature~ Is it as good as Shazam?

  • pinalty

    traffic condition doesn’t show up in my notification center

  • WidescreenXP

    No Mail is now shown in the mail app

  • Julian Holmes

    BE WARNED !!!, NON DEVELOPERS who upgraded to IOS 7 beta 1 “DO NOT” attempt to upgrade to IOS 7 beta 2 because your iphone will not activate

    • Golfpro

      I had no problem updating OTA, phone is working

    • hush

      it updated ota and activated just fine for me.
      (Not a developer with none of my devices registered by udid ;) )

  • Richard Woolmer

    Has anybody noticed the new album artwork mosaic when the Music App is in portrait?

  • Duston Foster

    Did anyone do the OTA update? I did that first and I felt that the OS was still laggy! I just did a full restore and did NOT restore from any backups ( I never do ) and now it runs real smooth guys :)!

  • ishteno

    copy and paste function for long and indented messages restored to normal in beta 2.

  • Yurkie

    The color of the icon dock changed along with the color of the folder when opened. A bit better than that boring grey.

  • Riaz Toorabally

    Can anybody confirm if skype is now working on ios7 beta 2?

    • Macdaddy

      Skype always worked

      • Riaz Toorabally

        It was crashing on ios7.. according to various websites, many others were also having the same problem..

        • JD

          Sounds like the app isn’t compatible with ios 7 yet….hence why this beta was introduced in the first place. Has nothing to do with apple.

          • Eugene Niemand

            It still crashes when clicking the “recent” menu item. All other menus work from my testing. At least Google+ starts up now

          • http://www.computercrown.com ComputerMan

            google+ keeps crashing for me still, along with MLB @Bat, Navigon, Print Central, IMDB, Tempo, Pro Tuber, and Sync.Me

  • Gonçalo

    I am having this problem in my iPad mini. When I turn around my iPad I get two status bar. Anyone noticed that?
    I also have noticed that the zoom when filming doesn’t work :S

    • wale

      this looks so beautiful on the ipad

  • ishteno

    choosing a contact in composing a message shows suggested names and recent contacts you sent a message to

  • Ryan Buttie

    Has anyone noticed if WI-FI calling will be enabled for T-Mobile customers on iPhone 5 :)??

  • Jmdiaz25

    i dont know if anyone noticed before but on Safari if you hold the open new tab button + it gives you a list of the recently closed tabs. You no longer have to look for that annoying history button

  • randomMAN

    now when deleting text/iMessage it gives the appropriate # of messages being deleted

  • Ralph

    I hear a lot of people complaining about the colors… Well when it is released and a Jailbreak does come out. I’ll Just change the theme and make it dark. :) Problem solved enjoy the features and I am excited!

  • sweh

    Unfortunately, the weather forecast in the notification center has gone. :(

  • Shrivatsa Somany

    Also, is it just me or have they sped up the animations. Could someone crosscheck?

  • ishteno

    i installed ios7 beta 2 10 hours ago. several times, the wallpaper went black and after 10 hours, my iphone 5′s screen went blank. it kept on restarting afterwards but i had to restore it thru itunes before i got it running again.

  • Willnosmith

    Pinch out/ Zoom out of photo in Photo Album to see rest of photos.

    • Willnosmith

      example

  • Cristiano Fagundes

    The dictionary doesn’t work

  • Cristiano Fagundes

    The dictionary doesn’t work at all!!!

  • randomMAN

    snooze is now highlighted on lock screen as in beta 1 it had a more clear look

  • AppleGeek

    You can now close 2 apps at once in multitasking.

    • hush

      you could do that in beta 1 too. Try closing 3 apps at once.. also works ;) :)

      • AppleGeek

        I can’t close 3 apps at once and on beta 1 I only could close 1

        • hush

          How come I could close 3 apps at once on beta 1 and I can do it in beta 2 as well and you can’t ?! o,0

  • hush

    I experienced some issues with the touchscreen when on low battery. Also I had this feeling the phone was heatng while on standby.
    So I switched to iOS 6 again. I hope I won’t update to 7 untill Beta 3. I really got used to iOS 7 and IMO it looks so much better than iOS 6.

  • AppleGeek

    If you scroll up after you start talking to Siri. You get the “What can I help you with?” Page

  • AppleGeek

    Woah! Look at this. Siri asks you how to pronounce your friends names

  • Jmxny

    If you use multiple keyboards. I have English , Spanish and emojis. The keyboard now stays within that app.

  • AndyP

    Safari on my iphone now has grey banners as opposed to white. Looking around it seems like I’m the only one.

  • AndyP

    Here’s a pic.

  • Scott Smallwood

    So what’s the trick to getting traffic conditions to displly in the in the “today’ section of the new notification center. Siri knows where I live and my work address but never displays traffic results?