What’s New in iOS 7.1 Beta

Apple released iOS 7.1 beta — build number 11D5099e — to registered developers today, just one week after the iOS 7.0.4 went public.

The iOS 7.1 beta brings bug fixes and performance improvements. At first glance, typing seems much faster and autocorrect seems to be much better compared to previous versions. Seems like it has reached the speeds seen back in iOS 6, but this is the first impression.

Notable changes: iOS 7.1 beta includes a new toggle for “dark keyboard” which can be found by visiting Settings > General > Accessibility and then locate the “Use Dark Keyboard” right above “Reduce Motion.” Continuing to explore the Accessibility tab, there is a new “Darken Colors” options under “Increase Contrast.”

dark keyboard ios 7.1 beta

Remaining at the same Accessibility tab, iOS 7.1 beta includes another important change: you may recall our tutorial in which you can enable bold text for greater readability, which required a restart of the device. With the new beta, you can enable bold text without the need to reboot.

bold dark keyboard ios 7.1 beta

Another interesting addition is that the Notification Center says “No Notifications” instead of “No Missed Notifications.”

Among other changes, we can note the new HDR Auto feature in the Camera app,  new “Upload Burst Photos” in the Settings > Photos & Camera and the Notification Center “x” icons are larger now.

HDR auto upload bust photos


Bigger X


We continue to dig through the new iOS 7.1 beta and will update the post accordingly.