Apple has seeded what is the fifth pre-release beta of its iOS7 mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad. This new beta features (as you would expect) a whole heap of bug fixes and performance improvements. Also, more tangibly perhaps, it is said to feature a new settings option that will give users the ability to disable access to the Control Center from inside of apps themselves.
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Available to developers using test devices via a standard Software Update function, the iOS 7 beta 5 is also available from the Apple Dev Center online portal.
Apple says that devices updated to the iOS 7 beta 5 cannot be restored to earlier versions of iOS and that the software should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 7 beta software development.
There are also changes in the native Settings application in iOS 7 in terms of the way icons for individual features are presented. Pre-testers say that there is "more consistency" evidenced by adjusting settings including Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and so on.
According to Apple's iOS7 developer pages, "[Programmers can now] elevate the content of your apps and make your user interface come alive on iOS 7. Adopt the new design to simplify and revitalize your app with clarity, translucency, and depth. UIKit allows you to incorporate realistic motion and transitions with new APIs that enable your user interface to respond to every touch and swipe by following the behaviors and physical constraints you define. Take advantage of powerful new text layout tools and dynamic type that respect the design principles of iOS 7."