Apple's iOS 7 beta 3 brings fixes for Messages, iCloud bugs


Four weeks after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched the first beta version of its new iOS 7 mobile operating system and two weeks removed from beta version 2, the company released beta 3, which addresses pre-release bugs affecting core services like Messages and iCloud.

Sources familiar with Apple's developer release notes told AppleInsider that iOS 7 beta 3 tackles problems with iCloud's new Keychain password management tool as well as issues with Find My iPhone and Bookmarks toggles. Apple is also fixing Messages issues that present an empty message list on a clean install of iOS 7 and cause Messages to crash when viewing attachments on two separate threads.

iOS 7 beta 3 additionally resolves an issue that generated authorization alerts when Newsstand background downloads using HTTP basic or digest authentication are initiated. Apple has also updated an app switcher problem that prompted some apps to receive either duplicate push notifications or no push notification at all, as well as a bug that prevented Reminders from operating with VoiceOver functionality.

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.

Last month's iOS 7 beta 2 brought support for both the regular iPad tablet and its Mini counterpart, as well as an updated version of Apple's Voice Memos app (a built-in utility since the 2009 launch of iOS 3.0), new male and female Siri voice assistant options and a larger "Send" button in Messages.

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.

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