Here’s What’s New in iOS 7 Beta 5


Apple has just seeded iOS 7 beta 5 to developers of its iOS developer program.

Here’s what’s new in iOS 7 beta 5:

  • The loading screen for installing is now white with the Apple logo and progress bar in black.
  • New icons in the Settings app.


  • New Twitter logo in Control Center. Thanks Junior C!


  • There is a new Settings for Control Center, which allows you disable access to Control Center within apps. Thanks Jeff!


  • There is a new noise cancelation settings under accessibility (Settings -> General -> Accessibility), which allows you to reduce ambient noise on phone calls when you are holding the receiver in one ear. Thanks Jeff!
  • Skype users rejoice. Chris tells us that Skype is now working.
  • There is now a new “slide to power off” slider button, with subtle animation and an arrow to its left to indicate that a user needs to slide the button to power it off like the one seen on the lock screen for slide to unlock slider.

  • There is now a setting for Keychain in iCloud (Settings -> iCloud -> Keychain). As you know, your keychain information such as passwords and credit card information will now be stored in iCloud. Update: This is not new!
  •  You can now see the Yahoo branding in Notification Center for providing the weather and stock data. Thanks Jason!
  • There is now a new toggle for On/Off Labels. Notice the subtle difference in the side by side screenshots below.
  • Damn! It looks like Apple has killed panorama wallpapers in iOS 7 beta 5. Update 1: Steve tells us that the panorama features works on the iPad 4. It’s not working on the iPhone 5. Let us know if it is working on your iOS device. Update 2: We’re getting conflicting reports. Some of our readers are saying it is working for them on their iPhone 5 as well. That’s strange.
  • According to Apple TV Software update, you can now use an iOS 7 device to set up an Apple TV after restoring or resetting all settings. iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are not supported. Thanks Alan!
  • The data used by apps is now available for uninstalled apps as well, not just installed apps. Thanks Wale!
  • There is a new grabber at the bottom of the banner notification like you have on the Lock screen to access the Notification Center.

Screenshot (Thanks Alan!):


Video (Thanks a ton Jeff, that’s awesome)

  • The mute, keypad, speaker, add call, FaceTime and Contacts icons that are displayed while you’re in a call have been tweaked. They’re slightly larger and have circles around the icons.
  • There are no sounds when you unlock the device. That’s strange. Thanks Frank and Jeff!
  • Not surprisingly, we’re hearing various reports of performance improvements.
  • We mentioned about the change in the installation screen initially. However, based on this photo shared by Twitter user @GuiM, it looks like the color of the background, Apple logo and progress bar changes based on the color of the device. As you can see in the screenshot below, in case of the white iPhone 5, the background is white, Apple logo and progress bar are black. And in case of the black iPhone 5, the background is black, the Apple logo and the progress bar are white. So looks like there is an API to detect the color of the device.
  • In iOS 7 beta 4, the Messages app displayed the first name and last initial of a contact in a conversation by default. The Messages app in iOS 7 beta 4 displays only the first name by default. You can however change this in the Settings (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Short Name). Thanks David!
  • There are some minor tweaks to the blur and translucency effects.

If you find anything new that hasn’t been mentioned here then please send us an email to or post them in the comments below.


Check out our iOS 7 Category page for in-depth previews of all the major new features and to find out everything you need to know about Apple’s next generation mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.