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iOS 7 beta 3 launches: new features, tweaks and updates

David Price | July 11, 2013
Apple launched the third beta edition of its iOS 7 mobile operating system to app developers yesterday. Here's the pick of the iOS 7 beta 3 features and updates.

CalendarKnown Issues

iCloud calendars or reminders may be duplicated after adding new events.Workaround: Hide the duplicated calendar from view and things will continue to sync normally.iCloud calendar events may not sync through fetch, push, or manual refresh as expected.Workaround: Create a new event or edit an existing event to trigger the sync.Car Display

Known Issues

Support for Car Display will be provided once compatible systems are available.


Known Issues

Some high-resolution photos will not sync (via iCloud and other services) when set as a Contact's Caller ID photo.

Workaround: Use a lower-resolution photo.

Core Animation


When the UIViewGroupOpacity key is not present, the default value is now YES. The default was previously NO.

This means that subviews of a transparent view will first be composited onto that transparent view, then the precomposited subtree will be drawn as a whole onto the background. A NO setting results in less expensive, but also less accurate, compositing: each view in the transparent subtree is composited onto what's underneath it, according to the parent's opacity, in the normal painter's algorithm order.



iCloud Keychain in iOS 7 Seed 3 is not backward compatible with iOS 7 Seed 2 and OS X Mavericks Seed 2.If you had iCloud Keychain and/or Keychain Restore enabled from iOS 7 Seed 2, both features are disabled upon updating to iOS 7 Seed 3.

After updating to iOS 7 Seed 3, go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain and reenable iCloud Keychain on your devices.

See OS X v10.9 Release Notes for more details.

Activation Lock, a new feature of Find My iPhone, is turned on automatically when Find My iPhone is enabled on any device running iOS 7. Activation Lock requires users to enter their Apple ID and password to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud, erase the device, or reactivate the device after an erase. It's important to do one of the following before transferring a device to a new user:

Sign out of iCloud.

Turn off Activation Lock in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

Fixed in Seed 3

The keyboard is not present in the iCloud Keychain approval dialog after screen unlock.Workaround: Tap on either Don't Allow or Allow. The keyboard will be presented the next time.

If you change the country associated with a phone number in Settings > iCloud > Account Name > Keychain, you will not be able to view the changed country name/code.Workaround: Turn off Keychain Restore, and then turn it back on.

If you have "Reset All Contents and Settings" on a device (Settings > General > Reset) that:

Has an iCloud account set up


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