iOS 7.1 beta 5

Apple has released the fifth beta of iOS 7.1 to registered developers this morning. The update, which carries the build number 11D5145e, can be downloaded OTA or via Apple’s developer center.

Today’s release comes just two weeks after the fourth beta, which only brought about a handful of changes including a refreshed slide to unlock animation and a new voice gender for Siri UK…

beta 5

The beta is available for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. We’re installing it ourselves, and will be reporting back with any new stuff we find. So make sure that you check back with us.

And as always, we welcome you to let us know if you find anything that we may have missed by either e-mailing us at, or leaving us a comment on the change below.

What’s new in iOS 7.1 beta 5

As we continue to dig through the new information in iOS 7.1 beta 5, we’ll be listing any notable changes we find below:

– Adds new natural-sounding Siri voices for English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin – China).

– Redesigned Caps Lock and Shift keys

beta 5 shift

– Wallpaper adjustment now called Perspective Zoom”. Used to be Motion On/Off (image via MacRumors forum):

beta 5 wall

– New ‘Buy Album’ button in iTunes Radio’s Now Playing screen

  • Antonio


  • Justin

    Downloading it myself. Can’t wait to see what’s in it!

  • John

    I wouldn’t have known this if Safari didn’t pop up with a notification.
    Considering it takes Apple a while to send the email out, thanks guys.
    Much appreciated.

    • John

      …and for the record, Apple have just sent us the email advising beta 5 is now available for download.

      No shit Apple, no shit.

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein


  • Rick Kreuk

    iOS 7.1 release is getting closer… Soon it will be the check-the-freaking-tweak-before-you-install-it season. Why must Apple be such a pain 🙁

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Thankfully you can boot into Safe Mode by holding the volume up button. If you end up boot looping though the end will definitely be near…

      • Rick Kreuk

        I miss the iOS 4 days. Just reinstall the same version of iOS every time something blows up until the next jailbreak is released. APTickets are evil.

      • leart

        i miss the 5.1.1 days, 4 months of jailbreaking and restoring without any trouble…

      • a3yu

        There will be also semi-restore for iOS 7..i hope

      • Rick Kreuk

        Semi-restore will not fix broken system files.

      • a3yu

        Really ?? Y_Y
        Never used but i tought it was made also for this

      • leart

        true, i tested semirestore in different devices, what it does is to clean all the cache and user preferences, and all the stuff that in USER-land wich is good if you want to have a clean device but if you messed up the system, youre done 🙂

      • a3yu

        T_T thx

    • xTGIrOnZzZ

      7.1 won’t be jailbreakable (if that’s what you mean) Pretty sure they patched part of the exploit in Beta 4.

      • What Rick means is that if you’re on a current jailbreakable firmware, a bad tweak could cause the need to restore, which would make jailbreaking impossible because Apple won’t sign the older iOS 7 firmware.

      • John

        As someone who doesn’t jailbreak, and someone who doesn’t understand how this is “bad”, could you explain to me why?

        It’s been mentioned before (when Apple stopped signing iOS 6) but I am not sure how it affects iOS users.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        This is bad due to the fact that users that jailbreak their devices will be unable to do so until a new jailbreak is released (they can’t simply restore to iOS 7.0.3 or another version of iOS that can be jailbroken). I can’t tell you how many times I tried to use Zephyr on iOS 7 since I was doing it instinctively without thinking I wasn’t jailbroken. On the other hand Apple not signing older iOS versions does prevent defragmentation…

      • John


        So, Apple restricts the number of iOS versions that can be installed onto devices, regardless of if they are compatible or not…essentially forcing using to upgrade when/if something goes wrong and they need to wipe/replace their device?

      • Rick Kreuk

        Exactly, quite shocking right?

      • John


      • Ted Forbes

        Forcing restore not really upgrade.

        If you are already on 7.0.4 and If an error or crash right now this will force you to restore to the present 7.0.4 for now and JB will still be possible. After the 7.1 release (the upgrade) any crash or error will be forced to restore to the upgrade, 7.0.4 will be discontinue.

        There is no JB for 7.1, yet.

      • Rick Kreuk

        *fragmentation isn’t a bad thing. What’s bad about using older versions of iOS/apps if that’s what you prefer? If you’re fine with not being able to use some apps, I think you should be able to downgrade.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Windows XP is proof that fragmentation shouldn’t be allowed. Did you know last quarter its market share actually increased?

      • Rick Kreuk

        And that’s absolutely fine, because Windows XP is in many cases the OS that is the fastest and most reliable. My school for instance still uses Windows XP, as it is the fastest option capable of running almost all applications. Not all change is progress. Most of the features in subsequent Windows versions were either interface shine (just like iOS 7) or unnecessary (for specific use cases) features which only slow the system down.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Nothing about Windows XP is fine. For starters in two years time Microsoft is ending support. Whose going to protect your school from security flaws then?

      • Rick Kreuk

        Only then will they have a good reason to upgrade. Though you must admit a 13-year-old OS is hardly comparable to an OS released only just over a year ago (iOS 6).

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        True but if you look at Android (that you can downgrade) it has users on all sorts of firmwares some that are way older than a year old. The user shouldn’t have a say in what OS they use since users will choose an OS for the wrong reasons. For example they won’t consider security. iOS 6 for example contained a text rendering bug that made SpringBoard respring if certain characters were sent. A user wouldn’t even consider this they’d just thing “I dislike iOS 7 so shall downgrade to iOS 6” and then complain when their device is slow, gets hacked, crashes, etc…

      • Rick Kreuk

        I’m not saying Apple should support downgrading, they should just make it possible and make sure the user knows what they’re doing. They could simply put up a warning saying:

        “iTunes will restore your iPhone to a previous version of the iPhone software, which is no longer supported or maintained by Apple. Installation and use is at your own risk and Apple is in no way responsible for any damages caused. You may experience slowdowns, bugs, glitches or security problems. Is this okay with YOU?”

      • Nate McKelvie

        Fragmentation causes security risks. Say someone discovers a vulnerability in iOS 6.0 but fixed in ios7 for example, every user still using ios6 is vulnerable to the attack, that’s why android is said to be so insecure, it’s not that the current version is necessarily insecure, it’s that there is so much fragmentation that any discovered vulnerabilities are left susceptible for so many users

      • Rick Kreuk

        With Android users aren’t always able to update to a secure version because the carriers and manufacturers must test, augment and approve any new version of Android. With iOS users can update immediately. If Apple were to allow downgrades, this wouldn’t change. Users could simply CHOOSE to have an insecure iOS version, that’s all.

      • Nate McKelvie

        I know all about how many users dislike this policy, and I know what this policy causes, but I also know the benefits of it being done

      • Rick Kreuk

        What benefits? When an iPhone is in the hands of an attacker physically, it is game over. It’s always been that way. Your data = gone.

        Furthermore, Apple could have protected your data in a different way: like enforcing a full wipe when installing a firmware Apple doesn’t approve of.

        There is no excuse for the terrible things Apple is doing.

      • Nate McKelvie

        This has nothing to do with once you lose your phone, it had to do with your data while you still have your phone. I didn’t say I agree with it, but I also find it completely ridiculous when someone says “the terrible things apple is doing” ITS THEIR PRODUCT, they can make it however they want, and you can choose to use it or not, but to choose to use it then do nothing but complain about the way they make it work, which is the sole reason it’s the most secure mobile operating system there is out there for the GEBERAL PUBLIC ( a knowledgable user can make other os just as secure ) but for the average user it adds a level of security. And it’s a level of security on a phone and os you have the choice to use or not use

      • Rick Kreuk

        You are very wrong. I bought a device running iOS 6 because it was running iOS 6. Apple doesn’t have the right to intentionally break the one selling point of their devices. You would be completely right if the product was given to me for free, then they could do with it what they want. But since I paid $800 for my iPad, it’s MY device so I have the right to decide what security I want. So you’re saying I should just throw away perfectly good hardware because some [redacted] at Apple decided it can now only run fisher-price OS crap? Rethink your logic, as it is seriously flawed.

      • Rick Kreuk

        When Apple stops signing, any installation of that firmware will fail. This means jailbreakers cannot install the last jailbreakable firmware.

        It also affects “regular” iOS users, as the signing requirement is probably at least partly designed to force users to buy new devices because software updates often bring extreme decreases in performance. Apple’s official statement regarding their ridiculous anti-consumer behaviour is that it keeps your data safe. This is simply not the truth. Any downgrade must be performed from DFU mode and destroys all data on the device.

        If you would search the web for “How can I downgrade from iOS 7”, you’d find out many people are very upset by this policy.

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        Don’t blame Apple on this. Apple stops a device from upgrading further if it’s not likely to perform good on a IOS. Look at the iPodTouch 4th Gen that crap didn’t get a iOS7 update. Why? Because it barely can even perform on iOS6 especially when a jailbreak is applied to it. iOS 8 won’t be on the iPhone 4 and then 9 4S won’t be compatible with that device. Talking about old devices your suppose to upgrade soon. People who don’t upgrade are thinking their devices should work with any new update. That is absolutely false. New stuff requires new hardware .

      • Rick Kreuk

        Uhm, I am blaming Apple. Look at the iPhone 3G on iOS 4, look at the iPad on iOS 5, look at the iPhone 3GS on iOS 6, look at the iPhone 4 on iOS 7. They are all almost unusably slow on the latest update, while most functioned very well just a few updates ago. I’m not asking them to design new firmwares specifically for these older devices, I’m asking them to make older versions available which performed better.

      • John

        To support your point, Rick. This could also be a marketing strategy by Apple, not just so they can brag about how little fragmentation there is during their next major keynote but also “Hey, why is my iPhone 4 so slow? Oh, if I buy an iPhone 5s it will be much faster you say, alright. Sign me up.”

        Another iPhone sold.

      • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

        Maybe you should upgrade your old model it’s 2014. Why else you think iphone 4 doesn’t have Siri or half the stuff in ios7

      • Rick Kreuk

        I already have a new iPhone. It’s just that many people don’t need all the new features. They were perfectly happy with, for instance, iOS 4.

      • xTGIrOnZzZ

        Ah! That makes sense, I think the past few years tweaks have gotten more stable, earlier jailbreaks some tweaks caused baaaad things to happen.

    • max

      make sure you have openssh installed, if anything goes wrong 🙂

      • Rick Kreuk

        I know 😉 Everybody should have openSSH. Still, if the iOS installation is so broken down it doesn’t even start loading SpringBoard, even that won’t help you –> restore time. Then again, there aren’t many tweaks out there (from reliable sources) capable of doing this, fortunately.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        If SpringBoard won’t load at all then unless you have an iPhone 4 (that can possibly be booted tethered) you’re screwed no matter what…

      • Rick Kreuk

        That’s correct. It means spending a year with a phone “broken by design”.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪


    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      on its way, calm your tits

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Yes I can see that sorry. The post was extremely short with not much information when I read it but now I’ve refreshed and it’s slightly longer mentioning more details and it also says ‘updating’

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        ah alright then;) takes a while to figure out what the changes are, iDB doesnt get a list of new features…

  • Newgunnerr

    Siri for The Netherlands, FFS!

    • John Doe

      No it’s not! Where do you find this?

    • John

      No, wasn’t there last build.
      Not there now

      Chinese: Cantonese (Hong Kong), Mandarin (China and Taiwan)
      English: Australia, Canada, UK, US
      French: Canada, France, Switzerland
      German: Germany, Switzerland
      Italian: Italy, Switzerland
      Spanish: Mexico, Spain, US

      That’s it.
      (for now)

    • Barry

      I know right? Apple should release it already.

  • So is the jailbreak already patched in this beta?

    • David Gitman

      already patched in beta 4

    • Guest

      ofc not, jailbreak didnt work for beta 4 and the jailbreakers haven’t patched it yet so why would it work with beta 5…?

  • Sandeep

    Y not a India when ur selling ur fhone in India

    • Framboogle

      Who the hell are you talking to?

    • svartkuken

      And WHAT do you even mean?

      • s0me

        He means: “Why no update when you (Apple) sell your phone in INDIA” so… you can anwser his question now…

      • John

        Really? You got that out of what Sandeep said?

      • felixtaf

        Man, you are a good DECRYPTOR!

      • felixtaf

        “Ok, Its a beta version available only to developers and is not ready for public release. Once its released, you will get it at the same time like other countries.”
        Now, you can encrypt this and send him…

        Edit: Jus for fun… No offence to Sandeep. I know English is not the first language for everyone.

    • Mohamed Hassabo

      Yeah guys, Y not a India like what the hell

  • David Gitman

    When will siri work in ISRAEL

    • The_Rise_Of_The_Shrimp

      בשנה שיפתחו אפל סטור בארץ *אולי*

      • POP

        חולה עליך

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein


      • David Gitman

        לא יפתחו

      • POP

        אתה חושב????????

      • POP

        פיטר פן………..

    • POP

      וועעאא ישראלים

      • David Gitman


  • abdullah575

    This will be gold master the final beta on iOS 7.1 ?? Or their will be iOS 7.1 beta 6 ??

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      if this was the GM, it would have been called GM, so no…

    • Kenny Strawn

      It (hopefully) will be the last beta before the GM comes out. If they EVER release a Beta 6 of iOS 7.1, then there would be enough betas in the pipeline (the same as for 7.0) to call iOS 7.1 iOS 8…

  • samosa queen

    iOS 7.1 is how iOS 7 should’ve been released as.

    • John

      x.1 is always better then x.0 — Always has been and always will be, sadly.

  • Steve ballmerr

    my tits got harder

  • Youngthegiant

    Please remove that horrid power off design !

    • John

      Sadly, while iDB can do lots, iDB cannot change this.

      • Youngthegiant

        Ha well played

  • sharp44MAG .

    The button in the wallpapers section has changed Names. Instead of motion it is now called Perspective Zoom.

  • JulianZH

    Most likely skip this update until iphone 6.

  • Eugen

    Unbelievable! New keys!!!
    Apple, Where is new keyboard?

  • butterfield

    Question for folks with an iPhone 4: I am on 5.1.1 (stable, jailbroken). Should I update to 7.0.4 in case 7.1 is not jail-breakable or is 7.0.4 unbearable even with the tweaks you can do to speed it up on old phones? What’s your experience?

    • David Gitman

      wait for 7.1
      7.0.4 is very slow for now

    • sharp44MAG .

      iOS 7.0.4 is very laggy on the iPhone 4 so I would stay on iOS 5.1.1

    • GzyOnline

      Hell yesss!!! I was DIE_HARD 5.1.1 for the longest time! Staunch advocate for native Google maps and all the beloved working tweaks on 5.1.1… I NEVER thought I would be so happy with an iOS+JB as I was on iOS 5.1.1, but I was wrong.. I love my jb’n 7.0.4 .. HOWEVER, you say you’re on an i4.. mann, I highly suggest you get on a i5S! Best Buy is offering $50 off all their phones all year long. Get it before iOS 7.1 drops!

      • butterfield

        I’m in Canada where we don’t have deals like that. Only way for me to get a 32GB 5s without getting screwed on a carrier contract is full price at Apple Store which is around $900 with taxes.

    • Because you have the iPhone 4, which is the very bottom of the compatibility list for iOS 7, I can only recommend against upgrading to iOS 7. Look at the iPhone 3GS for example. It worked great, but once it reached iOS 6, it was completely ruined. Even if you do upgrade to iOS 7 on your iPhone 4, the performance will reflect the device’s age. It may be speedy on iOS 5.1.1, but with the many new features that have been implemented since then, the iPhone 4 has become quite unstable on iOS 7. In other words, it’s probably best to stay on iOS 5.1.1. I don’t think your phone to be the iPhone 3GS of iOS 7.

  • David Gitman

    I found something new where Can I send it

    • Miguel Acevedo

      post here a photo…

      • David Gitman

        they removed the EDIT button in 5S

  • TwinSon

    Jailbroken 32GB Space Grey iPhone 5S on T-Mobile with good coverage? Nah Apple, thanks for the update, but I’m GOOD.

  • Matt Taylor

    A lot has changed then… 😐

  • John

    Not entirely sure I like the name “perspective zoom”, we seem to be moving away from the terminology of parallax that was so highly flashed around during the WWDC keynote.

  • Ara Rezaee

    @seb481:disqus That bouncing animation you get when bringing up the control center is now disabled when reduce motion is on

  • dave smith

    Another thing that has changed… Search results now show average star rating. Definitely not in Beta 4 and possible the few before.

  • Arnaud Nelissen

    The Control-Center sliders now have an inertia when you slide them fast enough and lift the finger. (It was present in β4, but no one talked about it)

    • Lance Baker

      It’s in beta 3 as well. I don’t really like that.

      • Arnaud Nelissen

        I do, it looks more natural ans more Apple-esque!

        I also like the new CAPS keyboard key, much more understandable.

  • Andrew Roth

    Can I get that wallpaper?

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Can iDB please make a video of the new Siri voices?

  • matt!

    mine says i can’t reach the registration servers and i got my udid registered please help

  • josh nolan

    I feel like siri is a lot snappier… I had ditched her for google saver but it feels like it has caught up on the 5s

  • Sam Khan

    Its even more fluent and responsive on my iPad air. And i think battery is gonna last longer. Cause i watched a whole movie on netflix and battery only droped 4%

  • Tuấn Bin

    I like this : ))

  • Just noticed beta 5 expires on my birthday…

    But anyway, a faulty tweak can (in many cases) be removed even if your phone can’t boot normally, or it boot loops. Holding the volume up button while booting up can usually boot a jailbroken device into safe mode (not Substrate Safe Mode). During that safe mode, you can still go into Cydia and remove, reinstall, and install tweaks and apps. Doesn’t work everytime, but it has really saved me a LOT since evasi0n7 was released.

  • NEW: When using Siri to send a text message or iMessage, she/he now reads back the message before confirming to send it (I’m in the United States, so I’m not sure if other countries have this yet). Also, the voice seems much clearer for me in this update than beta 3 & 4.

  • dfshrmn

    Setting icons are darker

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  • nodeveloper

    Would be fantastic if someone wants to make my idevice a developer too