iOS 7.1 beta 5 has dropped, and with it comes a few changes to Siri and – finally – the shift and caps lock buttons on the keyboard have been fixed, as well as a few other things. If you’ll recall, an earlier version of the iOS 7.1 betas introduced an atrocious new shift and caps lock key which was quite frankly, backwards. It was shaded when it wasn’t shifted, and was blank when it was on. Completely backwards from that of now (iOS 7.0.4 being now). Beta 5 doesn’t include any milestone changes, but definitely some important ones.
New changes that come in the form of Siri changes include a new natural-sounding version for English (Australia), English (UK), Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin – China). The initial install includes a compact voice for Siri, but after a W-Fi network is configured and connected to power, it will download and install a “higher quality version.”
The shift and caps lock keys have been changed again, but this time are a little more useful. The normal, non-shift/caps key is still the filled in white which was throwing everyone off, however now there is a new image for shift and caps. When shift is on, the button becomes white with a black up arrow, and when caps lock is on there is a line under the arrow. Revolutionary? By no means, but it was needed indeed. Screenshot of the caps lock key found up above.
Also something small changed in beta 5 is the change in wording when settings a wallpaper. In the previous beta, the feature to turn off moving wallpapers was called “Motion: On/Off” but in this version of the new software it is seen to be “Perspective Zoom: On/Off”. An interesting change, but nothing too major because the functionality remains the same.
What do you think? Do you like the direction of iOS 7.1? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.