Apple’s iOS 7 Beta 2 download links are now live and ready for testing for all registered Apple developers out there!
Following the first beta release of the much anticipated iOS 7 earlier this month, Apple has just started seeding today the beta 2 version of their latest iOS to developers, this time with full support for both iPad and iPad Mini.
Now, iPad developers can start installing the iOS 7 beta software on their iPad and test out their applications for compatibility in their future releases.
More interestingly to notes are the changes made on this 2nd beta version. Aside from a bunch of bug fixes of performance improvements (which Apple chooses not to publicly disclose), here are some of the noticeable changes as compared to the iOS 7 beta 1 release:
New voice gender option for Siri
Apple’s virtual voice assistant – now available in both Male and Female voices
Contact Photos & Timestamp
When exchanging message via iMessage app, you can now see a small photo circle of your contact plus a timestamp on when you received the message. Not so promising but very helpful.
Built-in Voice Memo application
The built-in Voice memo app was returned which was non-visible during previous versions.
Supports both iPad and iPad Mini
iOS 7 Beta supports iPhone, iPod Touch, and now iPad & iPad Mini too.
With this latest release, it is important to note that these prerelease softwares “should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 7 beta software development” as Apple officially stated. For everyone who doesn’t have an legitimate Apple developer account (just like me), I would highly recommend to just wait for the final version which will be released this fall (sometime in September).
The iOS 7 Beta 2 download links are now available via Over-the-Air (OTA) software update (for existing beta 1 users) or via Apple Dev Center.