Following yesterday’s release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 4, Apple today posted a fourth beta of the forthcoming iOS 9.2 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
iOS 9.2 beta 4 (build 13C5075) is now available to members of the Apple Developer Program as an over-the-air update or through Apple’s portal for developers. The update is also available to public beta testers who are signed on the Apple Beta Software Program.
NumberSync and AT&T Wi-Fi Calling
It was iOS 9.2 beta 2 that rolled out support for AT&T’s NumberSync technology two weeks ago. A network-level technology, NumberSync was designed for sharing a phone number with connected devices, regardless of their underlying operating system.
Like the second beta, iOS 9.2 beta 4 taps into NumberSync to enable Wi-Fi Calling for AT&T users via their Mac, even if their iPhone is not nearby or is shut down.
Arabic content via Siri
iOS 9.2 beta 4 also includes support for Arabic in Siri so local users can converse with the personal assistant in Arabic, search for local places and businesses and more.
More capable in-app browsers
An improved Safari View Controller is present in iOS 9.2 beta 4, too, after making its debut in iOS 9.2 beta 1. This feature will improve your experience in in-app browsers based on Safari View Controller, such as Tweetbot.
You’ll be able to access Safari’s third-party Action Extensions (like that from 1Password), request a desktop site, long-tap the Reload button to reload site without content blockers and dismiss the controller with an edge swipe.
Here’s Jeff’s video overview of an improved Safari View Controller.
Last but not least, the public release of iOS 9.2 is expected to bring out support for Apple Pay in Canada and Australia with American Express and bug fixes for iCloud Keychain, Apple Watch syncing and pairing, streaming audio quality and more.
The first betas of iOS 9.2 and Xcode 7.2 were released late last month. We’ll update the article if we find other changes in iOS 9.2 beta 4.