December 31, 2013

New Beta Hints Upcoming "iOS in the Car" Feature

On 29 November 2013, Apple released the second beta of iOS 7.1 to developers. The new beta brings new features, and faster animations that enhances the overall performance. One noteworthy new feature is a toggle for “Car Display”.
iOS in the Car

The new toggle hints the release of “iOS in the Car” which was first mentioned at WWDC 2013. iOS in the Car allow users to attach their iPhone 5 or later to a supported car’s console which then provides an iOS-like interface on the car’s display. From there, you can access Siri, maps, music controls, send and receive text messages, and make phone calls hands-free. According to Apple, it will seamlessly integrate iOS to your car’s in-dash system.

The toggle for Car Display can be found in the “Restrictions” tab in the new beta. Right now, it looks like Apple is planning to roll out the feature with the public release of iOS 7.1.

Along with the new beta, the 120 MB update offers other minor changes. The “dark keyboard” option from the first beta has been removed. The Touch ID and Passcode settings tab have been moved for easier accessibility. It can be found between Sounds and Privacy instead of being buried in General. An all new option that allows users to turn on button shapes can be found in the Accessibility tab. This feature creates a darkened shape around navigation buttons (such as General, Done, etc.) which help users identify the difference between a button and the heading.

iOS 7.1 Button Shapes

Animation speeds have increased from the first beta, which is a welcomed change, and an issue causing iTunes Match to load up music libraries slower than it should, which has now been fixed. Also, when swiping up to access Control Center, there is a new bouncing animation which some might find irritating. On the iPad, the new iPad Air wallpaper has been added.

Source - Apple

Merlin Zhao is a writer and graphic designer at [blank]'s Universe. He is also a technology enthusiast with his expertise in mobile devices. Merlin enjoys playing the Bass Clarinet with his high school band.