iOS 7.1 Beta unexpectedly arrived Monday, November 18, 2013 for iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini. The new beta arrives as build 11D5099e, and comes right on the heels of the iOS 7.0.4 firmware update that released less than a week ago on November 14, 2013. To access the direct download links and install instructions for Apple's iOS 7.1, which was just released to developers, scroll to the bottom of the article. Otherwise, continue reading for more details.
What's New in Apple iOS 7.1 Beta?
With each major firmware beta that releases, Apple includes notes about the software changes and features. Thus far, the new changes or features that have been mentioned by developers who have downloaded and installed the iOS 7.1 beta include darker keyboard options, an HDR Auto mode, and some changes to fonts and button sizes. The hope, however, is that with this upcoming firmware release, some fixes for the pervasive issues plaguing the system so far will come. Many users have cited a plethora of problems with iOS 7-7.0.4 releases thus far including, problems with Bluetooth, iTunes Match, notifications, iMessages not working, Siri microphone quirks, and Wi-Fi. In addition, many users have reported problems with frequent crashes when using the new multitasking interface, causing random restarts to iPhones, iPods, iPads and other devices using the latest Apple mobile operating system.
In the most recent public iOS release, the iOS 7.0.4 Apple attempted to fix problems with the mobile platform regarding FaceTime calls. Still even after the update, a number of users have continued to complain that iOS 7 is wracked with problems. Perhaps with the iOS 7.1 those problems will be fixed.
In addition to the release of the iOS 7.1 beta, Apple also released a beta for the Apple TV known as version 6.1. To download and install either the iOS 7.1 Beta on you iPhones, iPads or iPods, or to download and install the Apple TV Beta 6.1 follow the directions given in the section below.
How to Download and Install iOS 7.1 Beta [DIRECT LINKS]
Here are the direct links for downloading and installing iOS 7.1 Beta 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.
iOS 7.1 Beta Download [DIRECT LINKS]
Apple TV Software beta Downloads
How to Register for an Apple Developer's Account, Download iOS 7.1 Beta 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 7.1 Beta, 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 7.1 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 7.1 beta currently supports iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, 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 and iPad Air.
As you update to the latest iOS 7.1 Beta please be sure to return and share what's new or changed in the latest beta in the comments section below!
Changes In iOS 7.1 Beta ( via Twitter)
— Adam Foster (@iPadTeachers) November 18, 2013
@appletweets__ New HDR Auto mode in iOS 7.1 beta. pic.twitter.com/8Y9196KvXH — Aditya bedi (@bedi_aditya) November 18, 2013
Apple releases iOS 7.1 beta to developers w/ UI tweaks and new Yahoo! logo, speed improvements, more http://t.co/uB2J5VdarF
— a.k.a. Passi (@passi66) November 18, 2013
New bigger close and clear buttons in notification center in iOS 7.1 beta pic.twitter.com/AmnbQj9une — Jay Santos (@jaytrixz) November 18, 2013
Smaller fonts used in icons descriptions in iOS 7.1 beta pic.twitter.com/9tRPHzwdGe
— Jay Santos (@jaytrixz) November 18, 2013
And this is Upload Burst Photos in iOS 7.1 pic.twitter.com/NyrCMQo4Ae — Christian Zibreg (@dujkan) November 18, 2013
Apple seeds first iOS 7.1 beta – Release Notes inside http://t.co/YETDM6nEiW
— aoll (@sonuise) November 18, 2013