iOS 7 Beta 2 was been released for Apple developers earlier this week, and the process to update is actually really simple for users that already downloaded the Beta 1. However, for users who are still on iOS 6 and are thinking about getting iOS 7, is the Beta 2 version really worth it? Let's discuss.
iOS 7 Beta 2 is a lot more stable and a lot faster than it's predecessor, Beta 1. But there are still some issues. Betas, but nature, are a lot less stable than final releases, and iOS 7 is no exception. While it feels more finished than other betas, it seems that Apple is still working intensely on perfecting iOS 7.
As we previously wrote, reports indicate that iOS 7 is still under heavy development, and there are a few reasons why.
The Next Web reported Jony Ive and Apple's developers were still working diligently on iOS 7, and it's evident. There were a lot of changes in iOS 7 Beta 2 that were stark differences from iOS 7 Beta 1. Here are a few of the changes I noticed:
The Welcome Screen for iOS 7 has been revamped (again) and is different from the one we saw in iOS 7 Beta 1. It now sets up iMessage, iCloud, emails, and a password. While not a big change, its a lot cleaner and better-looking, and will give first time iOS 7 users a welcome splash screen that won't scare them off (probably)...
Find My iPhone is new too, and now features new languages and the app will now "remotely locate, lock, erase, and prevent re-activation" with lost iPhones.
Siri's faster now and now offers both male and female voices as well. To change Siri's gender, go to Settings, General, Siri, then tap Voice Gender. You'll be able to switch it there.
But, there are even though iOS 7 Beta 2 is stacked with features, I would only recommend that experienced iOS users download and install iOS 7 Beta. There are a few reasons.
1. It's Not Even Finished
Almost everything's changed and while you can find articles that outline the changes, its different than actually running the operating system on your phone. Most smartphone users are so dependant on their iPhones that the slightly issue or glitch could result in a freakout in the Apple Store (I've seen it myself). The thing is, Apple doesn't really hold any responsiblity when it comes to beta programs, like most other companies. Which leads to my second point...
2. Apple Holds Minimal Responsibility Over Beta Programs
Most companies don't really hold responsibility for beta programs. Whenever you download betas, you'll notice that in the disclaimer it basically says you're downloading it at your own risk. This protects companies in case the beta bricks your phone, crashes your computer, or negatively impacts your user experience.
There is precedence and it comes straight from Apple. In this brilliant article from Cult of Mac, Mike Elgan notes that Siri has had the "beta" tag attached to it since it came out in September 2011, along with the iPhone 4S. And, even though Siri is a beta and Apple doesn't allow beta programs into the App Store (developers use a public beta system — where you can only sign up or get invited to the app), Apple has used a beta program (Siri) and generated millions (probably billions) and spent millions in marketing an unfinished app. But, in a suit against Apple where a customer said that Apple falsely advertised Siri, they said that, essentially, it wasn't false advertising because Siri is still being developed.
So, when you go and complain to Apple about iOS 7 Beta 2, there response will probably be, "sorry but it's not ready yet so its not our fault!"
3. It Takes Awhile To Get Used To
There is a slight learning curve for iOS 7, even for me, who's been using iOS since I first got a phone. The fact that Apple decided to change around almost every aspect of iOS 7 is certainly a breath of fresh air from the usually-stubborn company (developers have been asking Apple to change its user interface for ages) but with Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller gone, Tim Cook and Jony Ive have full control of iOS 7 — which means they can mold Apple's operating system into whatever they feel like.
But, since they changed it so much, Apple users will have to take some time figuring out the new alterations. And that, combined with the slight bugs, glitches, and lack of speed, mean that novice iOS users could be profoundly unhappy with iOS 7 — even though it hasn't come out yet! So, if unless you're an expert in iOS, I would advise to wait until the official release ("sometime this fall" according to Apple exec's who spoke at WWDC 2013) to download and test out iOS 7.