iOS Beta 4 released Monday, July 2013 for iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini, much to the relief of anxious developers who saw the Apple developer portal down 8 days in a row. Though the Beta 3 expiration date is still several weeks away (August 8), many developers I'm sure are anxious to download and install the latest iOS 7 Beta 4. To access the direct download links and instructions, scroll to the bottom of the article; otherwise, continue reading for more details.
About iOS 7 Beta 4
Though so far each new iOS 7 beta has released 2 weeks behind the previous, this latest release beta 4 has broken the expected pattern, releasing three weeks behind Beta 3 on July 29, 2013. The delay in the iOS 7 beta 4 release is thought to be due to an unfortunate incident which occurred a week prior. At that time, the Apple developer portal was hacked with thousands of third-party developer information compromised. This led to an eight-day shutdown of the portal while the center was revamped. The developer portal finally reopened last Friday afternoon but when beta 4 would release was anybody's bet. The first beta, which launched on June 10 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, was then followed by beta 2 and 3, each two weeks behind the previous.
iOS 7 has been on of the biggest changes to come to iOS since its creation, revamping everything from the appearance to the way users interact with the device. The drastic reconstruction has lead to both rave reviews and heavy criticism. Still, the updated system brings numerous features Apple iOS users everywhere are excited about. The changes include a new control center, changes to the notification center, and lockscreen updates. When iOS 7 beta 2 released, it brought even more changes including new Voice Memos, improved Siri Voice, changes to FaceTime, Reminders, Music apps and more. The battery life which with the first beta was a huge complaint seems to improve somewhat in Beta 2. In addition, iPad Minis and iPad were able to test Beta 2.
For beta 3, after many complaints about the font by developers testing the new iOS, Apple's developers changed the font so that it is now thicker across many of the apps. Earlier most of the text was using Helvetica Neue Ultra Light. Now the change incorporates Helvetica Neue Regular instead. Here's a quick list of some other changes in iOS 7 Beta 3. There was also some redesign of the music app, and the Calendar now features grey dots where events are scheduled.
It's uncertain what all has been fixed thus far in iOS 7 Beta 4 but those details should soon be coming.
How to Download and Install iOS 7 Beta 4 [DIRECT LINKS]
For those who already have the Beta 3 installed, download of iOS 7 Beta 4 is currently available through over-the-air (OTA) updating on iOS devices. Direct links however can be found at the iOS Dev Center. We have also provided them below. Those with developer accounts can download and install the latest beta 4 of iOS 7 for testing starting today.
Here are the direct links for downloading and installing iOS 7 Beta 4 based on the device you are using.
In order to access these links however, you must have a registered Apple developer account. The directions for acquiring an Apple developers account are listed below.
How to Register for an Apple Developer's Account, Download iOS 7 Beta 4 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
1. To get an iOS developer account, you must visit the Apple website and purchase a developer account. The cost is $99 a year for an Apple developers account.
2. You will also need to register your developer device in the iOS Development Center to authenticate the device.
3. Before downloading the iOS 7 Beta 4, back up your files on iTunes. This is a precaution just in case the device crashes and loses your data and you have to start from scratch, you can grab the backup from iTunes.
4. Once you satisfied all of the above requirements and procedures, you can now proceed to the actual downloading and installing of iOS 7 beta.
5. WARNING: Keep in mind that when preparing to test a beta version of the iOS 7 software, you will want to use an alternate device — not your main or personal device as bugs in the beta can cause crashes or even "bricking" of the device.
6. iOS 7 beta 4 currently supports iPhone 5 (CDMA and GSM and global GSM), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM, GMS Rev A and CDMA) and iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, 3 and 4, as well as iPad Mini.