Apple released the iOS 7 beta 5
download to developers today, putting the latest preview version of its refreshed operating system in their hands through an over-the-air update.
iOS 7 beta 5 brings about minor changes, as explored by 9to5Mac , including tweaked icons and an additional control center setting.
The most noticeable graphics update occurs in the settings menu. More colorful icons replace the all-blue images
of the previous four betas.
Another highlight among the user
interface changes is that the new “slide to power off” design is no longer edge-to-edge.
“Slide to power off” does, however, still have that reddish-orange tint to it. No change there.
It still looks much louder than the prior silver and black scheme of
iOS 6 and below.
Control center updates
Control center, one of the more
anticipated features of iOS 7, also
received a minor revision.
It’s now possible to disable this swipe-from-the-bottom menu layer while in apps. The reason for this is likely because certain apps like games could use screen swiping controls that interfere with the new gesture.
Everything else about the long-overdue control center menu remains intact. It offers quick access to toggle buttons like
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and airplane mode without requiring users to exit an app and dig into the settings menu.
It’s exactly what jailbreakers have been doing with Cydia’s SBSettings since the early days of iOS. It only took Apple about five years to catch up.
Apple is pushing out regular iOS 7 beta updates with minor changes, which means we should see the launch of its fall-bound mobile operating system very
iOS 7 is expected to make the
developer-to-average user transition at the same time a new generation of Apple smartphones is introduced, as per usual.
Speculation points to an iPhone 5S and cheap iPhone launch date in September, so it may only be a month or so away.