iOS 7 Beta 4 Tidbits: Lockscreen Redesign, Notification Center Improvements and New Search Options

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 7, which begins a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the operating system, including a designed lockscreen, Notification Center improvements, an updated look for Safari's bookmark menu, and more.

    iOS 7 beta 4 also brings a slew of minor interface tweaks and improvements that make the fourth version of the beta feel both faster and more polished. Our forum members have noted multiple enhancements that have been bundled into the release:

    Lockscreen - Slide to Unlock has been updated with a shifting highlight color and an arrow that draw attention to the area on the lockscreen. The arrow that denoted the Notification Center is now a line shape.

    Mail - Swiping to delete inbox messages from the Mail app is quicker thanks to a smoother delete animation that eliminates slight lag.

    Notification Center - The different sections of the Notification Center can now be switched between by swiping left and right. There is also a new notification for completed uploads.

    AirPlay - There are new AirPlay icons.

    Siri - Siri's help menu now includes suggestions for question and answer queries.

    Apps - The camera includes a relocated HDR button and the Reminders app now offers Search functionality.

    Icons - Safari and Mail appear to have slightly tweaked gradient designs.

    Folders - The fade animation for folders located in the dock has been updated to function properly.

    Phone - The Call button has been slightly altered to take up less of the phone's screen and the Answer/Decline buttons have also been updated.

    Messages - Messages app now uses the first name and last initial of a contact in a chat conversation rather than the full name.

    Search - The iPhone's search functionality (initiated with a downward swipe on the screen) now includes a "Cancel" option.

    Safari - Buttons for Bookmarks, Shared Links, and Reading List have been redesigned with icons rather than labels.

    Screenshot API - As noted by 9to5Mac, iOS 7 Beta 4 includes a new screenshot detection API that solves an issue preventing Snapchat from detecting screenshots.

    Apple TV - iOS 7 includes a feature that allows an Apple TV to be automatically set up using an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. (Thanks, Ethan!)

    Additional features in iOS 7 beta 4 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates for iOS 7, bringing minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's public release, which is expected to come in the fall.

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  2. macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
  3. 840quadra, Jul 29, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2013



    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    Honestly not a fan of the Screenshot API fix. I don't use Snapchat, but IMO it's none of anyone's business if I take a screenshot on my device.

    As far as the other updates are concerned, be curious to hear feedback from the Dev community on the continued improvements, or any new bugs. Really hoping for speed, stability, and battery life improvements.
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Also added back is the option to shuffle all songs of a certain artist. For example, we can now shuffle all Led Zeppelin songs. Before we were limited to playing certain albums shuffled. Bothered me.
  5. AngerDanger, Jul 29, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2013

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    I still wish they changed the Photos icon to the one on the right. :(

  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2013
    FL, USA
    So far, so good. There is ALWAYS room to improve, though. Let's not disappoint, Apple. I'm coming off a 3GS, and I hope my wait has been worth it.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    Really wish Skype would update their app already. They are devs for iOS so i assume they have access to these beta's too.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Looking very nice.

    Cannot wait for the GM release.

    BTW: I read that the new iOS beta installs a 'biometrics' folder?
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Hmm, the WiFi icon is slightly obscured.
    'AT&T M-Cell' is one of the longer carrier names (mine just says '3'). That and the wider signal meter - not much space left on that side.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    Colours are a little lighter so there is that...
  11. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    Anglesey, UK
    Perplexed by the very minor icon changes (I would never have noticed the difference). I doubt they have plans to significantly change the icons, now they're polishing them off, essentially.
  12. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    You don't see the difference? Really?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
    In Beta 4 iPhone 4s now supported for Camera Filters
  14. jehrler, Jul 29, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003
    The current location icon in maps is now "flatter" than beta3s aqua one. It also pulses differently.
  15. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    and a different overlap
  16. macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2008
    Costa Rica
    iPhone 4S now has live filters in enabled.
  17. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Excellent! Been waiting for this.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Jan 26, 2003
  19. macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2010
    I agree with you. Hopefully they make the signal indicators smaller so we have less clutter in the status bar.
  20. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    but people on this forum told me Apple will never tweak the icons from beta 1, because they're so perfect.
  21. macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2007
    A twitter client with the same clean white design as Safari's Shared-Links would be killer! :)
  22. macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    There are quite a few enhancements in b4. I am posting all of my findings with screenshots on my blog, if you are interested to see.
    I am happy that Apple made it easier to see when the shift button is pressed. Now only the arrow is bold.
    Also the has an option to load all music from iCloud. This was missing in the previous betas...
  23. macrumors 6502


    Apr 4, 2010
    The change to the lock screen is much better. For some reason I was always tried to swipe up to unlock even though I know the standard behavior.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2009
    Mokena, IL
    Anybody know if Verizon phones are still not receiving some calls?
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Hm. The minor gradient tweak to the Safari icon seems to imply that this icon is staying as it is now. I doubt they'd tweak it if a new icon was forthcoming.

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