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Apple today seeded the seventh betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to developers for testing purposes, with the updates coming one week after Apple released the sixth betas.

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Registered developers can download the profile for the iOS and iPadOS betas from the Apple Developer Center, and once the profile is installed, beta updates will be available over the air.

iOS 15 is a major update that introduces a slew of new features focused on cutting down on distractions and spending more time with friends and family.

FaceTime has a revamped interface with new SharePlay features for listening to music, watching videos, and sharing your screen with your friends and family members, though this is delayed until after the launch of iOS 15. In Messages, if something like a url, photo, news article, or song is shared with you, you can see the content in Apple's dedicated apps through a new Shared With You Feature.

Focus lets you create custom notification modes that hide irrelevant apps and notifications when you're doing things like working or spending time with your family so you can better focus on the activity at hand, and there's a new notification summary that de-prioritizes less important notifications so you're not constantly inundated with information.

Maps includes a new 3D view in select cities that lets you see 3D landmarks, there are immersive AR directions when walking, and driving directions are better than ever, especially at complex interchanges.

Safari has been redesigned with a new look that moves the Tab Bar to the bottom of the interface (though this is optional), plus it now supports Tab Groups for improved organization, and extensions can be used in Safari for iOS devices for the first time. Later this year you'll be able to add your ID card to the Wallet app in some U.S. states, and Apple is making it easier to add key cards for hotels, smart home locks, and more to the Wallet app.

Spotlight is better than ever and can bring up more tailored search results, and Photos has a "Live Text" feature that lets you take a photo of something with text like a receipt to translate it into typed text on your iPhone. Photos can also identify landmarks, books, plants, and pets, so you can snap a photo of a plant and get information on what it might be.

Apple has also added multiple privacy improvements, such as a new App Privacy report coming to the iPhone that will let you know how often apps access sensitive info like your location, a Mail feature that hides your IP address, and Siri processing that's done on device.

For a complete overview of everything that's new in iOS 15, we have a dedicated roundup that walks through all of the new features, and Apple has been adding feature refinements throughout the beta testing period. The sixth beta, for example, overhauled the design of Safari and added a toggle to disable changes introduced in earlier betas.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Seventh Betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
 
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chrisdazzo

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Release notes:

iOS & iPadOS 15 Beta 7 Release Notes​


Update your apps to use new features, and test your apps against API changes.

Overview​

The iOS & iPadOS 15 SDK provides support to develop apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 13 beta 5, available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 13, see Xcode 13 Beta 5 Release Notes.

App Store​

Known Issues​

  • The unfinished property might return VerificationResult<Transaction> for transactions that have already finished. (81346114)
  • Purchases performed in the Sandbox environment return `VerificationResult.unverified(::)’. (71949674)

AVFoundation​

Deprecations​

Core ML​

Known Issues​

  • In automatic reference counting (ARC) mode, the compiler may extend the lifetime of MLMultiArray longer than expected when the .dataPointer property is used. This may increase memory usage. (80895213)
    Workaround: Enclose .dataPointer access in an @autoreleasepool {... } block.

Debugging​

Known Issues​

  • Using dispatch semaphores in an iOS app running in a device simulator on a Mac with Apple silicon running macOS 11 will cause the app to crash. (81783378)
    Workaround: In Xcode select Product > Scheme > Edit Scheme…, then deselect Run > Options > Queue Debugging > “Enable backtrace recording.”

Files​

Known Issues​

  • Files might quit unexpectedly if you choose Open in New Window for a file. (79449679)

Find My​

Known Issues​

  • When your iOS device needs to be charged, text indicating that the Find My network is active only displays if the device language is set to English. (78547946)

Focus​

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • You can now switch to a Focus other than Do Not Disturb using Siri. (78263540)

Guided Access​

Known Issues​

  • When using Guided Access with VoiceOver, you might be unable to enter the Guided Access passcode to end Guided Access. (79370792)
    Workaround: If a device passcode is set, force restart your device to end Guided Access.

Home​

Known Issues​

  • You can’t pair with Matter accessories that use Thread. (80991829)
  • You can’t pair a third-party app with Matter accessories through the app paring flow if the accessory is already paired with another app. (80059432)
    Workaround: Remove accessory pairing from other apps, then pair the third-party app.
  • You can’t add a flow to a third-party app with Matter accessories if you haven’t created an Apple Home. (80058744)
    Workaround: Launch the Home app to create a Home before you add a flow.
  • Matter accessories aren’t reachable while Apple TV is connected via Wi-Fi. (79582629)
    Workaround: Connect Apple TV via Ethernet.
  • Matter accessories might enter a No Response state after pairing. (76019163)
    Workaround: Remove the accessory from Home, reset the accessory, and add it back to Home. If the issue persists, remove your Home hub from Home and re-add it. If the issue still persists, remove the home and create a new one.
  • The initial pairing attempt with a Matter accessory might take an unexpectedly long time and eventually fail. (77967587)
    Workaround: Retry pairing the accessory.
  • You can only pair up to five Matter accessories in a home. (77967671)
  • Only the owner of a home, not an invited user, can pair Matter accessories. (76012945)

Home Screen​

Known Issues​

  • After canceling a search in the widget gallery, the cancel button remains visible, which might blank out the widget gallery. (78572049)
    Workaround: Dismiss and reopen the widget gallery.

iCloud​

New Features in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • iCloud Private Relay will be released as a public beta to gather additional feedback and improve website compatibility. (82150385)

Known Issues​

  • Legacy Contacts has been removed from iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 5 and will return in a future release. (81292885)

Maps​

Known Issues​

  • Rounded building corners might disappear. (80468151)

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • The Bay Bridge now scales correctly at high zoom levels. (79217316)

Deprecations​

Networking​

Deprecations​

  • Support for cleartext HTTP URL schemes for Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) is now deprecated. Use only HTTPS URL schemes for PAC. This affects all PAC configurations, including, but not limited to, configurations set via Settings, System Preferences, profiles, and URLSession APIs such as connectionProxyDictionary and CFNetworkExecuteProxyAutoConfigurationURL(_:_:_:_:). If you configure a cleartext HTTP PAC URL, the system may upgrade it to HTTPS during PAC file loads. Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) Protocol via DNS isn’t affected. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Option 252 WPAD may attempt to upgrade cleartext HTTP URLs to HTTPS during PAC file loads. (61981845)

Phone​

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • You can now add additional participants to a phone call while using a 3G cellular network. (81584102)

Reality Composer​

Known Issues​

  • You might be unable to create new projects in Reality Composer. (79418400)
    Workaround: Create a new project in Reality Composer on macOS and transfer the .rcproject file to your device via AirDrop or Mail.

Safari​

Known Issues​

  • When tapping in an input field in a Safari Web Extension popover on iPhone, the Extension UI might not move upward to make room for the keyboard. (81676564)

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • Safari Extensions now correctly appear in the Smart Search field when Show Separate Tab Bar is selected. (80804327)
  • The clear button in the search bar is no longer clipped on iOS. (80132991)

SharePlay​

Deprecations​

  • SharePlay development in beta 7 and upcoming beta releases requires the installation of an updated SharePlay Development Profile. This profile enables successful creation and reception of GroupSessions via the Group Activities API in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and tvOS 15 beta 7, as well as macOS Monterey beta 6. (81816137)

ShazamKit​

Known Issues​

  • Media items added to the default instance of SHMediaLibrary don’t appear in Shazam. (77785557)
    Workaround: Touch and hold the Music Recognition Control Center module to view SHMediaLibrary contents.

Siri​

Known Issues​

  • VoiceOver and Spoken Content users might not initially see all available voice options. Voice options should populate after some time. (79463000)
  • On-device speech recognition only supports the following languages: Chinese (Mandarin - China mainland), English (Australia), English (Canada), English (United Kingdom), and English (US). (78483609)

SwiftUI​

Known Issues​

  • Providing a binding to an OutlineGroup might require including wrappedValue in the init(_:children:content:) key path parameter, and isn’t available in iOS & iPadOS 14 and earlier. (77890799)
  • Focusing a view in a newly added List row using FocusState requires deferring the focus state property update to the next time the main runloop runs. (78607356)

Deprecations​

  • controlProminence is deprecated. Use the new .borderedProminent ButtonStyle instead. (78908460)
  • The Function (Fn) shortcut modifier is deprecated and reserved for system usage. (78627099)

Third-Party Apps​

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • VPN apps now connect if they use a private API that no longer exists in iOS 15. (79164225)

UIKit​

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15 beta 7​

  • Collapsing the hardware keyboard shortcut bar now properly invokes leading and trailing edge changes for UIKeyboardLayoutGuide. (74440016)

Xcode​

Known Issues​

  • MusicKit functionality, such as loading content with music requests, doesn’t work in simulated devices. (78559381)
 

chrisdazzo

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I think the lock screen flashlight/camera buttons got smaller. Just me?
Layers icon in Maps is now a globe. Maybe location dependent (I see NA/SA)?
 

azentropy

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I had an issue with iPadOS upgrading from beta 5 to 6, kept failing and all the tricks I did before didn't work. Figured I'd try when the next beta was released - didn't think it would be this fast.
 

Mr. Dee

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All I know is, I ain’t rushing to upgrade to the Monterrey. Will take a wake and see approach. On the other hand, I might jump on iOS 15 a little earlier than usually; probably wait until .1 just to be safe. Usually I wait until .7, but feel like this is a more stability release than previous years.
 
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Focus related: does anyone else think it’s crazy you can’t set a default for Focus sharing in messages. In settings you can toggle if read receipts are sent by default or not and then within individual conversations you can toggle it on or off. But this option isn’t available for Focus, it just shares and you have to manually toggle off for individual conversation.
 

Saturnine

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Focus related: does anyone else think it’s crazy you can’t set a default for Focus sharing in messages. In settings you can toggle if read receipts are sent by default or not and then within individual conversations you can toggle it on or off. But this option isn’t available for Focus, it just shares and you have to manually toggle off for individual conversation.
I still don't understand why there isn't an option to allow notifications from all apps 'Except' when in a focus mode. Basically I want a mode that allows me, with the push of a button, to get rid of notifications from Teams, Outlook and two or three other work related apps for when I'm off duty.

Allowing the other 200 apps individually and remembering to add new ones as I install them is not a viable option.
 

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I still don't understand why there isn't an option to allow notifications from all apps 'Except' when in a focus mode. Basically I want a mode that allows me, with the push of a button, to get rid of notifications from Teams, Outlook and two or three other work related apps for when I'm off duty.

Allowing the other 200 apps individually and remembering to add new ones as I install them is not a viable option.
Me too! That's what I had originally thought I could do with it when I saw the keynote but I misunderstood.
 
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