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What’s New in iOS 7 Beta 2: iPad Support, New Siri Voices, Messages Enhancements, and More!

What’s New in iOS 7 Beta 2: iPad Support, New Siri Voices, Messages Enhancements, and More!

Following Apple’s release of the 2nd iOS 7 beta today (and the first iOS 7 beta for iPad), many are wondering exactly what is new and different in the latest build. While we refuse to break the non-disclosure agreement we signed with Apple, many other sites do not feel similarly, and several have outlined detailed lists of changes in the new beta. Aside from linking to a few of these roundups, we do not plan to cover ANY unannounced feature in depth.

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First up, iDownloadBlog has a list of many of the changes they’ve observed through using the beta:

What’s new in iOS 7 beta 2

As we continue to dig through the new information in iOS 7 beta 2 this morning, we’ll be listing any major changes we find below:

  • This release is all around snappier and more stable
  • Voice Memos app is back
  • Beta 2 is now available for iPad
  • New male and female Siri voices
  • The Messages app now shows contacts photos in conversation threads
  • New animation when a message is sent
  • A bigger “Send” button in Messages
  • You contact’s Nickname now shows in Messages instead of his full name
  • See Messages timestamps by swiping left
  • Reminders app works now, and has received some UI touchups
  • FaceTime app has a darker background
  • Minor UI changes in Newsstand app
  • Music controls are always on Lock screen when music is playing

9to5Mac has a nice hands-on gallery of many of the new features and visual changes, and MacRumors also has a continually updating list and explanation of many of the changes. To any of you using the new beta: What do you think of the changes? Let us know by sounding off in the comments!

Update: 9to5Mac also has a decent hands-on video of iOS 7 for iPad, embedded below.

  1. JUSTPRESSREC says:

    Hey. Just updated to the second version. Great little changes so far

  2. MRonin ⚜ says:

    Nice updates, I gotta say I’m looking forward to iOS 7. It seems like this is the version that some where expecting when iOS 6 was released.

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