Apple's iOS 7 beta 5 brings Settings revamp, new Control Center options
Eight days after the release of its iOS 7 beta 4, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) issued the fifth beta version, delivering a series of improvements and bug fixes.
With iOS 7 beta 5, the Settings menu has abandoned the uniform blue icons of previous iOS releases in favor of square icons in various colors. The beta also introduces a new feature letting users disable Control Center access from within applications, preventing them from accidentally invoking Control Center while swiping from the bottom of the device screen.
Other significant iOS 7 beta 5 tweaks include an overhauled Power Off slider bar, a new Twitter icon that presents a blue bird on a white background instead of vice versa, and pull-down banner notifications enabling users to access additional information.
Apple unveiled iOS 7 in June at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. The revamp signals 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. iOS 7 also heralds the launch of multitasking for all apps, AirDrop wireless file sharing, revamped Siri controls and the iTunes Radio streaming music service.
Code contained in iOS 7 beta 4 suggests Apple will introduce biometric fingerprint scanning in tandem with the next version of its iPhone. Apple acquired digital security firm AuthenTec for $356 million in mid-2012: AuthenTec offered encryption technology, fingerprint sensors, identity management software and Near Field Communications services integrated into a range of portable electronics products, fueling speculation Apple would incorporate biometric technology into future hardware releases. Boosting the iPhone's security would help Apple push the device further into the enterprise sector and enable banks and financial services providers to accelerate their mobile rollouts.
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