For all the registered developers in Apple, the iOS 7.1 beta version is now available for download. Of course, if you really want to test and see how the iOS 7.1 version will look on your iDevice, by visiting the developers page of Apple, you can get registered as a developer with a $99 fee. The price is not considered very high, because you will be able to download and install ANY future iOS beta version for a whole year.
iOS 7.1 beta version – Only for developers
The procedure to update your iDevice to iOS 7.1 beta version is very simple.
- Download the iOS 7.1 beta version IPSW file (Apple’s servers)
- Update your iDevice via iTunes
Registering yourself as a developer, does not only give you the option to download and install the latest iOS beta versions, but you are given the tools to be able to develop iOS applications.
The iOS SDK 7.1 includes Xcode tools, compilers and frameworks that support the creation of application for iOS devices and OS X machines. In order to be able to test the applications you created, you must have a Mac computer that runs Mountain Lion OS X v10.8.4 or later version.
What was fixed in iOS 7.1 beta version?
The fixes are mostly addressed to the developers, so if you do not really understand them, it means that you probably do not have to update to iOS 7.1 beta version.
When the server was trying to close an HTTP request (TCP FIN) with sending HTTP header or body, NSURLConnection was creating an empty HTTP/1.1 200 OK response. Now this is fixed, and the response is an error instead of a successful load.
In previous iOS versions, text drawn with CTFrameDraw wan’t placing correctly the lines for paragraphSpacing attribute. Now this is fixed with the 7.1 iOS beta version.
More fixes of iOS 7.1 beta version
A small error with the timers was also fixed, because when the iDevice was in Sleep mode the timers could get delayed by up to 1ms.
As you can see, most fixes cannot be seen by an inexperienced eye in developing. Nevertheless, the iOS SDK 7.1 kit is very valuable for application developers, not only because they will get their hands on the developing tools, but they will be able to test them!
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