iOS 7 Beta 6 unexpectedly arrived on the evening of Thursday, August 15, 2013 for iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini as an OTA update for developers. The new beta arrives as build 11A4449d, and comes a little more than week after the previous beta 5, which had a build number of 11A4449a. The arrival comes a little over a week after iOS 7 Beta 5 was pushed out to developers on Tuesday August 6, 2013. To access the direct download links and install instructions for Apple's iOS 7 Beta 6 which was just released to developers over-the-air (OTA), scroll to the bottom of the article. Otherwise, continue reading for more details.

Though some anticipated that last Monday would be the date of the next beta and other speculated the following Monday would see the release of iOS 7 Beta 6, this evening's release has pretty much thrown everyone off their guard. However, with the latest rumors forecasting that the GM would go out to Apple employees on September 5, 2013 and to other developers on September 10, 2013 it's not really surprising to see iOS 7 Beta 6 released this quickly.

When Does iOS Beta 5 and 6 Expire?

iOS 7 Beta 5 saw a quick release, arriving just a week behind iOS 7 Beta 4. While Beta 4 is set to expire a few weeks from now, on September 12, 2013, developers have a while longer to work with Beta 5 which will not expire until October 5, 2013 by which time we should have already seen a public release of Apple's official iOS 7. It is thought that iOS Beta 6 will likely be the last before the Gold Master (GM) release and then the public release of Apple's latest OS. For those who want to check out iOS 7 Beta 4 or 5 before moving to Beta 6, download links and install instructions can be found here.

About iOS 7

iOS 7 has been on of the biggest changes to come to iOS since its creation, revamping everything from the appearance to the way users interact with the device. The drastic reconstruction has lead to both rave reviews and heavy criticism. Still, the updated system brings numerous features Apple iOS users everywhere are excited about. The changes include a new control center, changes to the notification center, and lockscreen updates.

When iOS 7 beta 2 released, it brought even more changes including new Voice Memos, improved Siri Voice, changes to FaceTime, Reminders, Music apps and more. The battery life for the first beta was a huge complaint seems to improve somewhat in Beta 2. In addition, iPad Minis and iPad were able to test Beta 2.

For Beta 3, after many complaints about the font by developers testing the new iOS, Apple's developers changed the font so that it is now thicker across many of the apps. Earlier most of the text was using Helvetica Neue Ultra Light. Now the change incorporates Helvetica Neue Regular instead. Here's a quick list of some other changes in iOS 7 Beta 3. There was also some redesign of the music app, and the Calendar now features grey dots where events are scheduled.

In Beta 4 some notable changes included updates to the reminders which now include a search bar, notifications for when downloads complete, the ability to swipe between notification center screens, improvements to Siri suggestions and redesigned phone buttons.

As for iOS 7 Beta 5, developers noted that 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.) In addition, most developers noted iOS 7 Beta 5 was even faster and more stable than every other bet released thus far. One big change was the loss of the panoramic wallpapers, the lock screen saw a few updates as well as the phone app.

What's New In iOS 7 Beta 6? Complete Changelog

Notes and Known Issues

The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.0 to develop code.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Address Book


  • The classes in the AddressBookUI framework now explicitly disallow subclassing. For apps linked against the iOS 7 SDK, attempting to initialize a subclass of one of these classes returns nil. For apps linked against older SDKs, the only behavior change is a warning logged to the console.
  • As of Seed 4, privacy support for the AddressBookUI framework is reenabled for apps linked against the iOS 7 SDK. Apps linked against older SDKs are not changed. If your app uses any of the Address Book view controllers, you should verify that it still behaves as expected.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: AirDrop


  • AirDrop in iOS 7 Seed 2 or later is not compatible with AirDrop in iOS 7 Seed 1.
  • Contacts Only support requires that:
    • You are logged in to iCloud.
    • The sender and receiver have each other's Apple ID email addresses in Contacts on their devices.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: AV Foundation


AVCaptureSession now uses your app's AVAudioSession by default.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Core Animation


When the UIViewGroupOpacity key is not present, the default value is now YES. The default was previously NO.

This means that subviews of a transparent view will first be composited onto that transparent view, then the precomposited subtree will be drawn as a whole onto the background. A NO setting results in less expensive, but also less accurate, compositing: each view in the transparent subtree is composited onto what's underneath it, according to the parent's opacity, in the normal painter's algorithm order.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Exchange


In Seed 4 and later, the Exchange DeviceIdentifier has been changed back to the behavior of iOS 6 where it uses the serial number.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Fonts


New font line heights were introduced in Seed 4. If you had manually aligned your font in earlier seeds, it may move slightly up vertically in later seeds.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Foundation


  • An NSMetadataQuery with ubiquitous scope can now use kMDItemContentTypeTree in predicates. For example:
    • NSPredicate *p = [NSComparisonPredicate predicateWithLeftExpression:[NSExpression expressionForKeyPath:@"kMDItemContentTypeTree"] rightExpression:[NSExpression expressionForConstantValue:@"public.rtf"] modifier: NSAnyPredicateModifier type:NSLikePredicateOperatorType options:0];
  • When called on results returned by queries with ubiquitous scopes, -[NSMetadataItem valueForAttribute:NSMetadataItemDisplayNameKey] now produces the same value as -[NSURL getResourceValue: forKey: NSURLLocalizedNameKey], matching nonubiquitous queries.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: iCloud


  • If you use iCloud Keychain with recovery, you may see a dialog indicating recovery has been disabled due to a server change. This is intentional. To reenable functionality, follow the instructions in the notification. If you see multiple alerts or observe issues with reenabling recovery, please file a bug report.
  • iCloud Keychain in iOS 7 Seed 3 or later is not backward compatible with iOS 7 Seed 2 or OS X Mavericks Seed 2.If you had iCloud Keychain and/or Keychain Restore enabled from iOS 7 Seed 2, both features are disabled upon updating to iOS 7 Seed 3 or later.After updating to iOS 7 Seed 3 or later, go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain and reenable iCloud Keychain on your devices.See OS X v10.9 Release Notes for more details.
  • Activation Lock, a new feature of Find My iPhone, is turned on automatically when Find My iPhone is enabled on any device running iOS 7. Activation Lock requires users to enter their Apple ID and password to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud, erase the device, or reactivate the device after an erase. It's important to do one of the following before transferring a device to a new user:
    • Sign out of iCloud.
    • Turn off Activation Lock in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Known Issues

Password fields are not displayed in alert views for apps in landscape (for example, Game Center authentication or In-App Purchase). Text entry still works, though you can't see what you are typing.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: MapKit


If the calls to renderInContext on the layer backing an MKMapView are made off the main thread, they should be eliminated or moved to the main thread. Failure to do so can cause an app crash. Instead of usingrenderInContext, use the new MKMapSnapshotter APIs.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Media


iOS now remembers the last used media app across reboot and app crashes. Media apps that can receive remote control events should be prepared to be launched in the background and potentially receive a remote control event to begin playback. Additionally, it's important that media apps monitor and handle the media server reset event, since the media app may receive a remote request to resume playback after a reset. Notifications to monitor these media server events are available in AVAudioSession and proper handling is described in General recommendations for handling kAudioSessionProperty_ServerDied.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Multipeer Connectivity


The MCSession APIs function as they were presented at WWDC. Major changes and enhancements include:

  • The following new method on MCSession has been implemented:
    • - (NSOutputStream *)startStreamWithName:(NSString *)streamName toPeer:(MCPeerID *)peerID error:(NSError **)error

This delegate method has been implemented:

    • - (void)session:(MCSession *)session didReceiveStream:(NSInputStream *)stream withName:(NSString *)streamName fromPeer:(MCPeerID *)peerID
  • The following new method on MCSession has been implemented:
    • - (NSProgress *)sendResourceAtURL:(NSURL *)resourceURL withName:(NSString *)resourceName toPeer:(MCPeerID *)peerID withCompletionHandler:(void(^)(NSError *error))completionHandler

The delegate method to start receiving a resource from remote peer has been implemented as:

    • - (void)session:(MCSession *)session didStartReceivingResourceWithName:(NSString *)resourceName fromPeer:(MCPeerID *)peerID withProgress:(NSProgress *)progress

The delegate method to finish receiving a resource from remote peer and save the content in a temporary location is implemented as:

    • - (void)session:(MCSession *)session didFinishReceivingResourceWithName:(NSString *)resourceName fromPeer:(MCPeerID *)peerID atURL:(NSURL *)localURL withError:(NSError *)error

Note: The app is responsible for moving the file to a permanent location within its sandbox.

  • MCAdvertiserAssistant is a convenience class for implementing an Advertiser, which handles invitations and connections to an MCSession.
  • MCSession has a new initWithPeer: method.
  • sendResource has added "with" to the completionHandler.
  • The timeout has been removed from connectPeer:withNearbyConnectionData.

For more information on these APIs, watch the video for WWDC 2013 Session 708, "Nearby Networking with Multipeer Connectivity."

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Multitasking


  • AVAudioSession can no longer become active by apps in the background that wake due to Background Fetch, Background Transfers, and Remote Notification events.
  • The policy for the task completion API has changed back to match the iOS 6 behavior, but the time limit for task completion has decreased from 10 minutes in iOS 6.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Networking


  • The cellular fallback technology present in previous seeds has been removed as of Seed 5.
  • Two low-level networking APIs that used to return a MAC address now return the fixed value 02:00:00:00:00:00. The APIs in question are sysctl (NET_RT_IFLIST) and ioctl (SIOCGIFCONF). Developers using the value of the MAC address should migrate to identifiers such as -[UIDevice identifierForVendor]. This change affects all apps running on iOS 7.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Objective-C Runtime


Due to changes in how the isa field is implemented, *self may change during enumeration (for example, if the container is retained).

Workaround: When implementing countByEnumeratingWithState, do not set state->mutationsPtr = self.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Passbook


  • As of iOS 7 Seed 4, Passbook has added support for the major and minor fields to better match the rest of the iBeacon ecosystem. The new major and minor keys are independently variable optional alongsideproximityUUID (required) in each dictionary in the beacons array.
  • In previous versions of the iOS SDK, Passbook did not validate the back fields on passes completely. The validation rules have not changed, but validation is now including back fields. Please check the console log for additional logs.
  • As of iOS 7 Seed 3, PKPassLibraryDidCancelAddPasses is a new status code in the PKPassLibraryAddPassesStatus enum. It signifies that the user tapped Cancel in an add-passes alert.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Photos


Upon upgrading from an earlier seed, photo thumbnails in the Photos app will not appear for a short while.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Security


  • -[UIDevice uniqueIdentifier] is no longer accepted in submissions to the App Store. In iOS 7, apps that are already on the store or on users' devices that call this removed API will no longer be returned the UDID. Instead, -[UIDevice uniqueIdentifier] will return a 40-character string starting with FFFFFFFF, followed by the hex value of -[UIDevice identifierForVendor]. It is important to consider how this will affect existing apps. Consider submitting updates that no longer access the UDID.
  • iOS now requests user consent for apps to use audio input on all iOS 7 devices. For devices sold in China, iOS will also request user consent for apps to use the camera hardware. The operating system will present the consent alert when you set the category of the instantiated AVAudioSession. The AVAudioSession categories that will present the alert are AVAudioSessionCategoryRecord andAVAudioSessionCategoryPlayAndRecord.If the user doesn't allow access, the audio session data will be all zeros (silence). For devices where camera access is requested and denied by the user, the video capture session is a black screen.
  • The API gethostuuid() has been removed and will not be accepted for submission to the store, regardless of the targeted OS. For existing apps running on iOS 7, the function will return a uuid_t representation of the vendor identifier (-[UIDevice identifierForVendor]).

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Siri


This seed includes development versions of new male and female Siri voices for U.S. English, French, and German.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Social


  • Through iOS 6, when using TWTweetComposeViewController and SLComposeViewController (the latter only for Twitter and Weibo, but not Facebook), if the caller supplies a completionHandler, the suppliedcompletionHandler is responsible for dismissing the view controller. As of iOS 7, if the app links against the iOS 7 SDK, the view controller will dismiss itself even if the caller supplies a completionHandler. To avoid this, the caller's completionHandler should not dismiss the view controller.
  • When using the iOS 6.1 SDK on OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, if you use the iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.1 Legacy SDK in iOS Simulator, you will not be able to use Twitter features: attempting to sign in to Twitter via the Settings pane will fail, and Twitter.framework will not work correctly. If you need to test Twitter features, you will need to choose either an iOS 6.1 or iOS 6.0 Simulator run destination, or you can test with iOS 5.x on a device.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Springboard


  • Active touches are no longer canceled when the user takes a screenshot.
  • Dynamic wallpaper is not available on iPhone 4.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Sprite Kit


+[AVPlayer playerWithPlayerItem:] returns an AVPlayer object, but the current item will return nil if the player was created on another thread.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Stores

Known Issues

App downloads can get stuck in the "Waiting" state.

Workaround: Reboot your device once or twice to resolve the issue and allow subsequent downloads to continue.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: UIKit


  • Before Seed 4, the snapshot API (snapshotView and resizableSnapshotViewFromRect:withCapInsets:) would defer taking the snapshot if the view had never been committed or had been added to the view hierarchy in the current transaction. This behavior has changed.Snapshots now always represent the current, committed state of the view. Attempting to snapshot a view that has never been committed logs a message and now returns nil.
  • Snapshotting methods have been updated and now take an argument: afterUpdates. When set to YES, this instructs the snapshot to wait until all pending changes to the hierarchy have been committed. To maintain the pre-Seed 4 behavior, pass NO and the snapshot will capture what is currently on screen. See UIView.h for more details.
  • When there isn't enough room in the navigation bar layout for the full text of the back button title, the navigation bar will substitute a generic short back title (in English, "Back"). If even that string is too long, the bar will show the back indicator chevron with no title.
  • +[UIPasteboard pasteboardWithName:create:] and +[UIPasteboard pasteboardWithUniqueName] now unique the given name to allow only those apps in the same application group to access the pasteboard. If the developer attempts to create a pasteboard with a name that already exists and they are not part of the same app suite, they will get their own unique and private pasteboard. Note that this does not affect the system provided pasteboards, general, and find.
  • Starting with Seed 2, apps default to using the new view controller-based status bar management system. To opt out of this, add a value of NO for the UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance key to your Info.plist.
  • When using Auto Layout to position a UIButton, if you set the content compression resistance or content hugging priority to minimum, the button will have ambiguous layout.Workaround: Don't use a content compression resistance or content hugging priority of less than 2 for UIButton.
  • UIScreenEdgePanGestureRecognizer allows you to perform actions in response to swipes over the edge of the screen using the same heuristics that the system uses for its own gestures. Use this if you have a navigation semantic of your own that doesn't use UINavigationController but should include this gesture (e.g., Safari).This gesture recognizer has a property that describes the edges on which it's active. UIRectEdge is a new enum type that this property and -[UIViewController edgesForExtendedLayout] can share.UIRectEdge replaces UIExtendedEdge, which will be removed. The members of both have the same values. Use Xcode to replace all instances of "UIExtendedEdge" in your project with "UIRectEdge".
  • UIButtonTypeInfoLight, UIButtonTypeInfoDark, and UIButtonTypeDetailDisclosure buttons all look the same.
  • Blurred layers are not available on iPhone 4.
  • Parallax is not available on iPhone 4.
  • Letterpress text is not available on iPhone 4.

Known Issues

Password fields are not displayed in alert views for apps in landscape (for example, Game Center authentication or In-App Purchase). Text entry still works, though you can't see what you are typing.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Weather


Weather conditions are not animated on iPhone 4.

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: WebKit


  • Previously, when the viewport parameters were modified, the old parameters were never discarded. This caused the viewport parameters to be additive.For example, if you started with width=device-width and then changed it to initial-scale=1.0, you ended up with a computed viewport of width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0.In iOS 7, this has been addressed. Now you end up with with a computed viewport of initial-scale=1.0.
  • Previously, when using  

iOS 7 Beta 6 Changes: Wi-Fi


Seed 4 and later include changes to AWDL such that technologies that use it-such as AirDrop and the MultiPeerConnectivity APIs-will not work properly with older seeds


How to Download and Install iOS 7 Beta 6 [DIRECT LINKS]

For those who already have the Beta 5 installed, download of iOS 7 Beta 6 is currently available through over-the-air (OTA) updating on iOS devices. Direct links however can be found at the iOS Dev Center. We have also provided those links below. Those with developer accounts can download and install the latest beta 6 of iOS 7 for testing starting today.

Here are the direct links for downloading and installing iOS 7 Beta 6 based on the device you are using.

In order to access these links however, you must have a registered Apple developer account. The directions for acquiring an Apple developers account are listed below.

- iPad (4th generation Model A1458)

- iPad (4th generation Model A1459)

- iPad (4th generation Model A1460)

- iPad mini (Model A1432)

- iPad mini (Model A1454)

- iPad mini (Model A1455)

- iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation)

- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for ATT)

- iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (model for Verizon)

- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)

- iPad 2 Wi-Fi

- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)

- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)

- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)

- iPhone 5 (Model A1429)

- iPhone 4S

- iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)

- iPhone 4 (GSM)

- iPhone 4 (CDMA)

- iPod touch (5th generation)

How to Register for an Apple Developer's Account, Download iOS 7 Beta 6 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

1. To get an iOS developer account, you must visit the Apple website and purchase a developer account. The cost is $99 a year for an Apple developer's account.

2. You will also need to register your developer device in the iOS Development Center to authenticate the device.

3. Before downloading the iOS 7 Beta 6, back up your files on iTunes. This is a precaution just in case the device crashes and loses your data and you have to start from scratch, you can grab the backup from iTunes.

4. Once you satisfied all of the above requirements and procedures, you can then proceed to the actual downloading and installing of iOS 7 beta.

5. WARNING: Keep in mind that when preparing to test a beta version of the iOS 7 software, you will want to use an alternate device - not your main or personal device as bugs in the beta can cause crashes or even "bricking" of the device.

6. iOS 7 beta 6 currently supports iPhone 5 (CDMA and GSM and global GSM), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM, GMS Rev A and CDMA) and iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, 3 and 4, as well as iPad Mini.

As you update to the latest iOS 7 Beta 6 please be sure to return and share what's new or changed in the latest beta in the comments section below!