Apple may post three more iOS 7 betas before Golden Master seed in September

By , Jul 29, 2013

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Now that Apple’s Dev Center is live again after an eight-day outage, the company is getting ready to release the fourth iOS 7 Beta later today, if prominent bloggers and Twitter are to be believed.

In fact, a bunch of inactive download links for iOS 7 Beta 4 seem to be already up ahead of the official release on the Dev Center.

And if you ask BGR, Apple will release just three more betas for developers before the Gold Master version is ready for prime time in early September…

Jonathan S. Geller who runs BGR heard from multiple sources that Apple is planning to release iOS 7 Beta 4 today at around 1pm EDT / 10am PDT, over the air and through Dev Center.

For what it’s worth, BGR recently nailed the iOS 7 Beta 3 release date. The upcoming build for an AT&T iPhone 5 should be hosted here (the Verizon download is here).

More purported download links can be found in this MacRumors forum post.

The well-informed Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac says the purported build number of iOS 7 Beta 4 is ’11a4435d’, adding:

I heard last week that Apple is nearing an initial “GM1″ candidate internally. This candidate is said to be at a zero-priority-1 bug status, which means that there are no critical bugs left in the operating system.

Of course, Apple will likely discover more bugs in its testing, and will likely have several internal GM candidates before releasing the final GM seed to developers later in the year.

BGR was told that the fourth beta should contain “more bug fixes, graphics and UI enhancements and a couple of other updates”.

Some non-developers who installed iOS 7 Betas took to Twitter to complain about the operating system’s sluggishness and a huge hit on battery, not realizing beta code is normally optimized for battery and graphics performance either in a Gold Master candidate or the beta preceding it.

With that in mind, we’re expecting the fifth or sixth beta to be optimized for battery-friendly, jerk-free performance.

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  • pauleebe

    Beta 3 is incredibly stable and battery life was better than iOS 6 for me …

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      As far as stability is concerned its usable but I wouldn’t say it’s on par with the stability of iOS 6 (at least not yet). Battery life is debatable too! It’s fine on my 4S but not so good on my iPad 3 but then realistically beta 3 = beta 2 as far as the iPad is concerned…

      • Al

        I’m just curious… Do you have any devices jailbroken?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Did but gave them up to try iOS 7 since I found that the only reason I jailbroke was for tethering and tweaks like Zephyr and Auxo which I miss but can live without…

    • Kenny Woodard

      iOS 7 on iPhone 4 was still not exactly stable, and my iPad mini has trouble with it sometimes too, especially with multitasking.

    • MarcPhilippeB

      same for me. Battery life is way better!

      • batongxue

        I wonder how much “way better” it could really be.
        I mean I believe it is better, but “way better”? No.
        I really don’t have that much confidence in battery at present. The battery industry really needs a jump to get way better.

  • darkdude1

    Apple have been doing usually 2 betas a month, and July will be no exception. I still believe they were always going to leave the B4 until today, as B5 will drop on the 12th, and B6 on the 26th. Meaning 2 weeks after that would be the 9th September for the release – or perhaps a RC and the GM on the 16th.

  • Ricky

    Love the beta 3 except for the background that turn black when killing an app….

    • Jonathan

      I thought I was the only one with that issue..

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I’m not updating to iOS 7 until the public release

    • iosPixel

      I’m yet to be fully sold on the features ill gain vs those ill loose.

      EDIT: To clarify iOS6 JB.

      • Kenny Woodard

        What features will you lose in iOS 7 that you had on iOS 6?

      • iosPixel

        Oh where to start!

        I’ll limit this to those tweaks which add to my user experience rather than visuals.
        1. Haptic Feedback
        2. Activator options
        3. Zephyr gestures
        4. QC /QR
        5. The plethora of toggles available in NC settings.

        Of course the stuff like Auxo and Velox etc. will be missed. But even from manufacturing stand point activator and zephyr have increased the life of my buttons without a doubt.

      • Kenny Woodard

        Oh you meant jailbreak, then yeah that makes alot more sense.

      • Al

        Same here, I feel the exact same way. It’s just the idea of being able to customize my iDevice how ever I feel. And updating.. you lose that feature.

      • DroidDoesnt_2

        Plus you get a washed-out, ugly mess on top of it

    • Prasoon Singh

      Same here.

  • David Gitman

    cant wait!!

  • Kenny Woodard

    Only one huge problem for me, beta 3 constantly crashed my phone and had to be hard rebooted.

  • Abdullah E. D.

    It’s weird, I can’t update OTA.. For beta 2 and 3.. Had to download the whole .ipsa file and update through iTunes.. Any suggestion?

    • Guest

      It’s not released yet!! Give it a few hours and you’ll be fine to do OTA.

      • ShutUpGuest

        shut up guest

      • ShutUpShutUpGuest

        Shut up ShutUpGuest

  • MarcPhilippeB

    FINALLY!

  • Markus Hudobnik

    My iPhone on beta 3 has been awesome. Wish I could say the same for my iPad 4 on beta 3….

  • ic0dex

    There are still many UI issues with iOS 7 beta 3 so hopefully they are fixed in beta 4. For example Safari does not adjust well with a lot of the website and the copy, paste, select and select all does not work well on a lot of blogs it’s hard to edit anything because the highlight feature is some what broken.

    Then a lot of the Apps don’t adjust well with iOS 7 beta 3 Apps like YouTube. Most of the time the top portion if the App falls under the above Apple task bar and it’s hard to get to Search or Menu settings to those Apps because they’re covered by the top bar. And a huge problem for people like me that love iDownloadBlog but it is very difficult to edit your text before posting in the comment section, sometime it won’t even let you write anything at all. Disqus mobile blog sucks major ass with iOS 7 Safari, iDownloadBlog please look into fixing this issue.

    • MarcPhilippeB

      true!

  • Alan Absalon

    I installed the first three betas on my iPhone without going through the developer accounts. Will I be able to download beta 4?!

    • Guest

      yes OTA.

    • Hardik Dabhi

      how you are able to download and install it without developer account ?
      can you please provide any trusted link ?
      Thanks in advance…
      you can contact me on hardik031003@gmail.com as well

      I have iphone 4 and no JB…

  • omrishtam

    WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4! WE WANT BETA 4!

  • Alex

    Don’t we see release candidates after betas and before gm’s?

  • onebyone_

    iOS7 Beta 4 is Out now!

  • Linton Findlay

    until ios 7 adds quick reply im not losing my jailbreak

  • abdullah575

    iOS 7 beta 4,5,6,7 oh my god !!!!!

  • Gorgonphone

    yeh yeh and after GM there will be 7.01 and 7.0.2 in like 1 month… then 7.1 and 7.2 to kill the jailbreak lo…

  • Joshua Catimpo

    Dont you guys hate it when Fandroids are going into apple related topics to talk shit about apple? They couldve just scroll more to avoid it, i myself just goes into the topic i wanted and skip it everytime i see topics about android, like isnt it annoying? -no hate on me-