Apple rolls out iOS 7 beta 2, adds iPad support

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Two weeks after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched the first beta version of its new iOS 7 mobile operating system, the company released beta version 2, which brings support for both the regular iPad tablet and its Mini counterpart. The first beta supported only the iPhone and iPod touch.

Additional changes and improvements in iOS 7 beta 2 include an updated version of Apple's Voice Memos app, a built-in utility since the 2009 launch of iOS 3.0, as well as new male and female Siri voice assistant options and a larger "Send" button in Messages. In addition, music controls on the lockscreen are now always visible when music is playing. Apple also patched a series of bugs.

Apple unveiled iOS 7 at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month. Among the biggest changes in iOS 7 is the elimination of skeuomorphism, the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured gray backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks. The revamped OS also signals the launch of multitasking for all apps, AirDrop wireless file sharing, revamped Siri voice controls and the iTunes Radio streaming music service.

The Next Web recently reported that Apple design and development teams remain hard at work on iOS 7, adding the version demonstrated at WWDC 2013 is firmly a "work in progress." iOS 7 is still so much in flux that some of the builds demonstrated at WWDC were in fact newer than the versions seeded to developers via the iOS 7 beta, sources said.

The report added that iOS 7's revamped icons and other visual cues are particularly subject to change, noting that members of Apple's marketing and communications staffs, not its iOS app design teams, created the versions presented at WWDC. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

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