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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Tidbits: New Slide to Unlock/Power Off Animation, Dialer Updates




Earlier today, Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, which included both bug fixes and a few new changes to the operating system. While iOS 7.1 beta 3 introduced several visual changes, iOS 7.1 beta 4 focused more heavily on behind-the-scenes improvements. There were, however, a few tweaks to further streamline the look of iOS 7, which are detailed below.

Slide to Unlock/Power Off: Most notably, the Slide to Unlock bar at the bottom of the phone is now more prominent, with a brighter, slower animation. The same brighter animation can be seen in the Slide to Power off bar when turning off the phone.

Revamped Slide to Unlock/Slide to Power off animation (Courtesy of @Elias96)

Contacts in Dialer: The option to add a contact when entering a phone number has been altered slightly and is now executed by tapping the + sign next to the phone number. Previously, there was a line that said "Add to Contacts."

Old version on left, iOS 7.1 beta 4 on right. (Image courtesy of iDownloadBlog)

Messages Scrolling: When scrolling through the Messages app in beta 4, it seems there is slightly more "bounce." This is in line with previous changes to Control Center, which introduced a bounce animation.

Siri: In the U.K., there is a new Siri voice on the iPad.

To check out previous changes introduced in iOS 7.1, make sure to take a look at our previous tidbits post on iOS 7.1 beta 3, which detailed a number of visual changes to the operating system.

It is unclear when Apple plans to release iOS 7.1 to the general public, but a report from December suggested it could see a lengthy beta testing period with a March launch. It is likely that Apple will continue making subtle changes to look and feel of iOS 7 in coming betas, which could result in a refined and polished version of the operating system when it is finally made available to the public.

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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:36 PM   #2
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Small minor changes, seem stable so far. I'm liking the small changes .
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:36 PM   #3
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And it fixes the kernel dyld.patch used to jailbreak
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I don't see a difference in slide to unlock, at least in the video posted... Better video please?
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I'm pretty sure that Contacts in Dialer thing was there in beta 3 too, can somebody who didn't update confirm?
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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i wanna see this next:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyoCA6fHAk
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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Someone, upload a better video. Thanks.

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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:39 PM   #8
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Honestly, the "Add to Contacts" text seems more in line with iOS 7's guidelines on "clarity". I know we all didn't like the amount of text-links instead of buttons, but now that we've all gotten used to it, going back to a simple "+" feels... not as good.
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:40 PM   #9
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I'm pretty sure that Contacts in Dialer thing was there in beta 3 too, can somebody who didn't update confirm?
Yes I pointed this out to iDB via twitter and they removed it from their beta 4 article.
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Messages Scrolling: When scrolling through the Messages app in beta 4, it seems there is slightly more "bounce." This is in line with previous changes to Control Center, which introduced a bounce animation.
I thought bounce and all other 'animation physics' in iOS 7 were consistant and global?
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:41 PM   #11
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Slide to unlock waaaaay too large in French.

Not the first time they release a beta with this kind of bug, I can tell you no iOS developer is french.
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:42 PM   #12
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:48 PM   #13
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Some of you people sure do put a lot of stock in stupid, silly-assed animations Just give me some solid app performance. I can close my eyes and ignore the hideous side of iOS if I have to.
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So basically no UI changes really worth mentioning in beta 4.
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:49 PM   #15
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How nice to see Jony Ive using his access to 500 million i-Devices as an opportunity to teach himself UI design !!!!!
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Some of you people sure do put a lot of stock in stupid, silly-assed animations Just give me some solid app performance. I can close my eyes and ignore the hideous side of iOS if I have to.
Or you can use something else that you don't find as hideous.
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:50 PM   #17
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What if I could "Show All" on my iTunes Match music ONLY when I'm on wifi, instead of having to switch manually.

What about selecting a wifi network from control center?
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:50 PM   #18
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Good grief, we're picking over the slide to unlock animation now? What you do think we are, desperate?

(Goes and watches the video a couple times anyway. )
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:52 PM   #19
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:53 PM   #20
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How nice to see Jony Ive using his access to 500 million i-Devices as an opportunity to teach himself UI design !!!!!
I know. If only we could have this back. This is proper UI design.

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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:55 PM   #21
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This is the first update that's asks for my pin code to update.
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Old Jan 20, 2014, 04:56 PM   #22
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Or you can use something else that you don't find as hideous.
I was being sarcastic. I couldn't care less about bouncing control panels, nauseating Parallax movement or pretty little icons. Fix the bugs first. Leave this other crap for later.
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So basically no UI changes really worth mentioning in beta 4.
Hopefully more under-the-hood polishing and bug fixing to make things more stable/faster/smoother/etc. which also hopefully also means they are that much closer to the final version.

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This is the first update that's asks for my pin code to update.
Beta 3 did as well (at least for me).
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Will they ever come out with some actual new useful features instead of this ridiculous tinkering with the minutea of fractional changes to sliders and the like?
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Something like that would be nice. Settings are all over the place and confusing in comparison to iOS ease of usability in general.
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