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Apple launches iOS 7 beta 2 with updates for iPhone and iPad

The second beta of iOS 7 is now available to developers, and it provides a first look at the updated operating system on the iPad.

Apple first unleashed iOS 7 to the developer community at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on 10 June, but the release was only accessible on the iPhone and iPod touch. Now, developers can take the revamped mobile OS for a spin on Apple's iPad, including the iPad mini.

As noted by 9to5Mac, iOS 7 beta 2 includes the return of Voice Memo, the option to select a male voice for Siri, an overhauled Reminders app, and a variety of other small tweaks. The blog also published a number of screen shots from the iPad version of iOS 7, which highlight the interfaces for Maps, Calendar, Email, iTunes Radio, and more.

Only those with an Apple developer account can access iOS 7 beta 2. Apple is scheduled to release iOS 7 this autumn for iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and later, the iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. If history is any indication, its release will also coincide with the launch of a new iPhone.

The update is "the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at WWDC. In a demo video, design chief Jony Ive said iOS 7 is unobtrusive, completely new but also familiar.

Apple's iOS 7 adds "Control centre," which - when swiping up from the bottom - provides quick access to features like airplane mode, brightness, camera, and flashlight. For more, check out our roundup of iOS 7's Most Exciting Features.

Also take a look at the list of iOS 7 features Apple copied from other platforms.