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Following the release of iOS 9 beta 3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad two weeks ago which gave developers access to Apple Music on their development devices while bringing out the News app and a host of refinements, Apple today released iOS 9 beta 4 (build 13A4305g) to registered members of the Apple Developer Program.

The download can be applied over-the-air on devices running an iOS 9 beta via the Software Update mechanism of the Settings app, or as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers.

iOS 9 beta 4 update prompt

What’s new in iOS 9 beta 4

Red notifications icon in Settings

The Notifications icon in the Settings app used to be gray in the previous beta but is now tinted red.

iOS 9 beta 4 red Notifications icon in Settings

Home Sharing for Music

As Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Service, promised recently on Twitter, iOS 9 beta 4 restores the ability to share your personal music library with other devices enrolled in Apple’s Home Sharing feature.

iOS 9 beta 4 Settings Music Home Sharing

Both Home Sharing for Music and Genius Mixes were removed in iOS 8.4, which brought out a revamped Music app with Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio.

Redesigned Battery icon in Settings

The Settings app in iOS 9 beta 3 displayed a square icon for the Battery section. iOS 9 beta 4 tweaks the design a bit so the Battery icon is no longer a square but a rounded rectangle.

iOS 9 beta 4 Battery icon in Settings

Revamped options in the Music app

The various options revealed by tapping the ellipsis in the Music app have been moved around and redesigned.

Pictured below: old music options in iOS 9 beta 3 at left and the new menu in iOS 9 beta 4, at right. In iOS 9 beta 3, tapping the ellipsis icon next to an item produced a menu with options to Start Station, Add to My Music, Show in iTunes Store and Share Song.

A revamped menu in iOS 9 beta 4 features a larger album cover artwork. Unlike before, it’s now much more obvious that the artwork can be tapped to go to the full album. In addition, the new menu adds a heart icon (when tapped, it influences For You recommendations) and options to Add to a Playlist, Show in iTunes Store and Add to My Music.

iOS 9 beta 4 Music simplified elipses

The new menu no longer shows Start Station and Share Song options which are now available in yet another sub-menu accessible by tapping the plus sign and the share icon below the cover artwork.

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Also new: a radio icon in the menu to quickly start a radio station from the song.

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New Handoff in app switcher

In iOS9 beta 3, continuing where you left off on one device using the iOS app switcher on your other device required you to swipe to the leftmost “card,” which was maddening.

iOS 9 beta 4 Handoff 001

In iOS 9 beta 4, Handoff is now within reach in the form of a new bar right below the app carousel within the app switcher. Simply pull up on the bar to open a Handoff app.

As you can see above (hat tip goes to @GreenyDev), the Handoff bar displays the app icon, app name and a short description.

Tidbits: volume shutter, iPod touch support and more

In addition to the aforesaid biggies, the latest beta release of iOS 9 includes several minor tweaks and changes, including the following items:

  • Taking pictures with the volume up button is back.
  • This is the first beta release of iOS 9 to support the sixth-generation iPod touch which Apple released a week ago. The new iPod touch runs Apple’s A8 processor and iOS 9 beta 4 includes a new installation profile for the device.
  • A multitasking Picture in Picture option is now available in Apple’s Podcasts app so you can watch your favorite video podcast in a video overlay while surfing the web, checking your email and interacting with other apps.
  • The option to always stream music at the highest quality has been reshuffled a bit and now provides a new High Quality on Cellular switch alongside Use Cellular Data under the Playback & Downloads section.
  • New HomeKit notification options for Alarms, Doors, Locks and Windows.
  • Refreshed Safari photo picker not only lets you take a photo using an iOS device’s camera or import an image from your library, like before, but also import an image from iCloud Drive or any other cloud service that provides a Storage Extension.

iOS 9 beta 4 Safari photo picker

  • You can now disable Bing Web Results in Settings > General > Spotlight Search.
  • The activity indicator in the top left corner of the screen which takes you back to the previous app has been moved to the right.
  • Last but not least, there are some new ringtones and text tones in Settings > Sounds, but tapping them crashes the device. However, you can hear them by assigning a new ringtone to an existing contact within the context of the Contacts app.

The full SDK release notes for iOS 9 beta 4 are available here.

iOS 9 is scheduled for release this fall.

The free software update is compatible with all iPhones from the iPhone 4s onward, all iPad mini models, all full-size iPads from the iPad 2 onward and both the fifth and sixth-generation iPod touch.

  • wahizul

    2 minutes remaining of downloading

  • wahizul

    installed on my iPhone 6!

    • VITICO

      how was the batter life on beta 3?

      • wahizul

        the battery on beta 3 was really good.. no battery drain like the previous beta 1

      • VITICO


      • wahizul

        the battery bug fixed during beta 2

      • Jason Baroni

        Not so much. Even from the beta 2 I have noticed a small difference when compared to the 8.4 usage, but still.

      • Miguel Acevedo

        I think this Question is to early…

      • VITICO

        i asked for beta 3 lol..not 4..

      • Chayuth

        Battery life is better than beta 3. But seems no 3rd party app is usable for me. Constantly crashes. Been resetting to see if it works.

    • Miguel Acevedo

      Swipe Selection Like was removed on Beta3 in beta 4 Apple add this feature back ?

      • wahizul

        still not there

      • Insleep

        Yup. Still not there D:

    • ilia

      Settings->sounds and change message tone to see the beauty :))

      • BoAppHead

        what beauty? the beauty of it crashing?

  • avd98

    Oh my, i really want to update it… but mine is jailbroken! Should i? No, forget it, yeah i will, nope i wont. Nope. Nope. Yes i will, oh god what is going on.

    Help me out guys!! iOS 9 or 8.4 jailbreak?

    • VITICO

      I swear im feeling the same way..

    • I would just wait, enjoy the break now. IOS 9 GM is only a few months away. The only reason to jump is if you don’t use any jailbreak features. Honestly I’ve not used the current break because its to buggy and frankly there’s nothing new from the community to make me go WOW! Not that IOS 9 has a ton of WOW features but I would rather be stock now. If Apple would allow theme’s that would be amazing but I know it’s not going to happen, that’s the only reason I jailbreaked originally.

    • Joseph Licea

      I think we need a support group, I’ve used 8.4 JB, stock, iOS 9 all in the same day.. then repeat every few days.

    • 8.4 jailbreak 😀

    • Romi

      Hi avd98,

      I had ios9 installed on my iphone and ipad (and 10.11 on my mac) until beta 3 and even if it was fast and useable, some few annoying bugs made me go back to 8.4 and oh boy it is far more stable, battery life is better and there’s jailbreak (flux, eclipse … love).

      Honeslty there are just too few really cool feature in iOS9 which is all about stability and cleaning up iOS, but in beta, it isn’t noticeable.

    • Stephen Rector

      Really I could lose my jailbreak on my iPhone 6 at the moment and be fine. The most use I get out of the jailbreak is on my iPad Air. The only thing I’m worried about is an awesome tweak coming out after I update and 8.4.1 dropping before I can downgrade (like if I’m at work or something)

    • askep3

      I got rid of my jailbreak to try the beta, it depends on which tweaks you are and what type of user you are

  • iPhoneWINS

    i will get IOS 9.1 when it is jailbroken

  • dpacemaker

    Finally the volume buttons work as the camera shutter again.

  • Xcrunner2016

    There are some new ringtones and text tones in new beta as well.

    • Joseph Licea

      Settings crashes when I select one of the new text tones, you getting this?

      • dpacemaker

        Yeah, I had to go through editing a contact to hear them.

      • Xcrunner2016

        It only crashed for me when I went to the text tones.

    • Insleep

      I don’t see these! D:

    • BoAppHead

      I don’t see any new ringtones

  • sandrow

    The handoff suggestions are now at the bottom of the multitasking screen instead as an extra card. You can pull up the bar to reveal the action

    • dpacemaker

      I like that much better than an extra card.

      • sandrow

        Me too, it looks better and you dont tap on the handoff by accident anymore

        I wonder how it works with more than one handoff suggestion at the moment

      • sandrow

        Its just one at the moment, thats really sad

  • Elias

    “The new menu no* (not now) longer shows Start Station” otherwise great post!

  • dudewassup

    You can handoff videos on the YouTube app??

    • It’s not Handoff, it’s actually the part of the “proactive assistant” feature, where if you plug in headphones, it’ll suggest audio apps. I guess it now includes video ones too.

  • GuiyeC

    Taking pictures with the volume button is back, it was a known issue of beta 3

  • sandrow

    Since beta 3 i have issues with my apple watchOs 1.0.1 and whatsapp. I have the watch connected to the phone but some messages from different apps dont reach the watch and the phone vibrates. Also whatsapp shows “message from (name)” instead of the actual message.
    Does anyone else has these problems ?

    • GuiyeC

      I get the same, I’m completely sure it’s WhatsApp’s problem not the beta’s nor the Watch’s.
      That’s the notification they are sending your device, WhatsApp has again and again that they do not know what they’re doing. Let’s hope Facebook kills it sooner rather than later.
      You should check Telegram, it’s completely amazing compared to WhatsApp and you won’t have to wait a year for the watch app as they already have it.

      • sandrow

        Yeah i use telegram too and think about whatsapp just like you, the big problem is that not enough friends of mine use telegram, even if its better :/
        But thank you for your answer, i already restored the apple watch a couple of times and reinstalled whatsapp and nothing worked, so i really hope the bug is on whatsapps side and they get their shit together 🙂

      • GuiyeC

        That’s how push notifications work, you get in your iPhone whatever WhatsApp sends to you, the developers don’t have access to change the text on it, so that “Message from X” is coming from WhatsApp who knows why.
        I’m pretty sure restoring is not going to help, right now I think you can just wait; it probably will be fixed whenever they feel like it’s a good day to work.

  • TotallySerious

    Said it before and I’ll say it again, the app switcher cards would look better to the right of the home screen card

    • Jiří

      Since most of us are right handy, it wouldn’t be so comfy to scroll to the right. In pre-iOS9 you could drag the icon in multitasking view and slide really fast almost to the end. Since it’s gone, I think it was wise move.

      • TotallySerious

        Ya I agree, It’ll just take a while for me to get used to the cards on the left. Oh well I’m sure there’ll be a tweak in the future to remedy this

  • Hopefully they make it possible to add music to a new playlist rather than an existing one.

  • Nicholas Osborne

    I’m not seeing the new ringtones.

  • Idan

    Strangely enough, the beta is still not available for me over-the-air (I have beta 3 installed). 🙁 Anyone else?

  • Leon

    guys if you want to download iOS 9 Beta 4, try dl from iosbetareg[dot]com

    If not can download older version from our site and upgrade via OTA

  • They need to kill off Dynamic Wallpapers

  • JayQ330

    Hhhhhmmmmm…… Nothing to see here

  • Andrew Hildebrand

    What are the new ringtones called? I can’t find them

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