Apple has seeded beta 3 of iOS 7 today to developers, as some expected. It was exactly two weeks ago that it released beta 2 and as always Apple likes to do things at 10 a.m. pacific/1 p.m. eastern. It’s unclear what iOS 7 beta 3 has in store, but I think we’re all hoping for at least a few design improvements. The last beta brought mainly performance enhancements and bug fixes, though those are always welcome too.
If you have a developer account with Apple and you’ve been using iOS 7, go to the Settings app and update your software over the air. The file size is 214 MB — at least on my iPhone, but it probably varies from device to device. Stay tuned for updates on what’s new.
Update: The new beta so far contains more bug fixes and performance enhancements. The full list of release notes will be available on Apple’s developer website right here momentarily. Apple has already listed that there are multiple fixes in the Notes, Messages, and Music apps plus in other services like AirPlay and Siri.
There are some small design changes as well, though no new icons quite yet. The font has gotten a bit thicker system-wide, folder icons have gotten more transparent, and Calendar shows you what days you have events on at a glance. These are all very small tweaks for now, but Apple still has plenty of design work left to go. Perhaps we’ll see more in beta 4.
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