iOS 7.1 beta 3 overhauls Phone app; reduces parallax effect

Summary:Developer builds of iOS 7.1 show that Apple has made some significant changes to its mobile OS, specifically to tone down the brightness and parallax effect.

Apple released iOS 7.1 beta 3 to developers on January 7 and with it a revamped Phone app. As you can see by these screenshots, courtesy of iClarified, Apple has changed many of the rectangular bars found in iOS 7.0.x (left) to round buttons in iOS 7.1 (right):

iOS 7.1 beta 3 overhauls phone UI, reduces parallax - Jason O'Grady
Image: iClarified
iOS 7.1 beta 3 overhauls Phone app; reduces parallax effect - Jason O'Grady
Image: iClarified
iOS 7.1 beta 3 overhauls Phone app; reduces parallax effect - Jason O'Grady
Image: iClarified

In addition to the changes in the Phone app, Apple has toned down some iOS 7 elements that gave some users motion sickeness (including vertigo and dizzyness) with slightly darker Phone, Messages, and FaceTime icons, a new option to reduce iOS 7's white point (found in Accessibility's Contrast menu) which joins both the "Button Shapes" and Darken Colors options that were added in an older iOS 7.1 beta, and a new option to turn parallax on or off when setting wallpapers.

report from BGR, and a spate of remaining bugs, suggest that iOS 7.1 probably won't be released until March.

Topics: Apple, iOS, iPad, iPhone

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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