Apple has unexpectedly released the sixth version of iOS 7 a few hours ago. The update is available for all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. As it is expected, it is a developer-only release.
Despite the fact that the original iOS 7 encountered many critics when was first released due to its lack of iPad support, the following beta versions unveiled have revealed a smoother general experience.
The latest firmware revealed, the iOS 7 beta 6, is evidence regarding Apple’s struggle to get the firmware ready for the final release, scheduled at the beginning of this fall. The update brings the usual bug fixes and general performance enhancements.
There are only a few minor tweaks made to the interface. The flat shapes and bright colors that have captured the attention of users and developers no longer represent the central focus. Now, Apple has focused more onto the features that the latest firmware update brings.
According to the change log, “This update address an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items. If you have any devices running previous versions of iOS 7 beta, you must:
– Install iOS 7 beta 6
– Install the ResetMusicAndVideosLibraries configuration profile
– From Settings > Music, tap the Reset Media Library button
– Restart the device.”
As many users already know, the iOS 7, besides the alterations to the user interface elements, brings multiple enhanced functionalities to the table as well. For example, the firmware update offers serious improvements to default apps such as Maps and Safari.
In the same time, the ControlCenter offers SBSettings-like toggles to the fore. This represents a major improvement, which brings Apple closer to the world of jailbreaking. Apple also has relaxed the limitations beset upon the folders that were first introduced with iOS 4. Apparently, users will be able to benefit of more freedom on their iOS devices that run on iOS 7.
For those who are interested in seeing how does iOS 7 Beta 6 works, the update is available to all registered Apple developers via both the DevCenter and over the air, and it can be installed by visiting the software update section in the Settings App. The update can be installed on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that currently have iOS 7 installed.