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Apple on Monday supplied its developers with the fourth pre-release beta of iOS 7 for testing, as it prepares to launch the software to the public this fall.

iOS 7 beta 4


iOS 7 beta 4 arrives three weeks after the previously beta seeded to registered developers. It is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

According to Apple, the latest beta of iOS 7 includes bug fixes and improvements. The company has again warned that it should only be installed on devices dedicated to iOS 7 beta software development.

People familiar with the beta said the lock screen has been tweaked to add an arrow pointing right, located to the left of the "slide to unlock" text. The quick launch and notification center graphics at the bottom and top of the screen, respectively, have also been changed to straight lines rather than arrows, though they revert to arrows once the menus have been invoked.

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iOS 7 beta 4 also reportedly fixes issues with syncing calendars through iCloud, and addressed an issue where high-resolution images for a contact may not sync. Font line heights are also said to have changed from previous builds.

A handful of known issues remain with the pre-release software, including a glitch that prevents voice memos from being restored via iCloud backup. Developers are advised to sync voice memos off of a device before restoring from iCloud.

Apple had previously been releasing new iOS 7 betas every two weeks, but that schedule may have been thrown off by a hack that forced the company to take down its developer portal. The Dev Center returned last Friday after 8 days of being offline.

A new rumor from Boy Genius Report on Monday claims that Apple is planning to release two more betas of iOS 7 to developers. After releasing six betas, it's expected that the company will issue the golden master, or intended final build, of iOS 7.0 at some point in September.
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Downloading now for iP5 iP4S iPad4 iPad3 iPad2
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Downloading now for iP5 iP4S iPad4 iPad3 iPad2

 

Let us know other important information too, like what you had for dinner last night and how the weather is. 

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Downloading now for iP5 iP4S iPad4 iPad3 iPad2

 

Is every single one of your iDevices disposable? Do you not actively use a single one of those for anything important? I don't get downloading beta software on every single device you own. 

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Works for users who installed iOS 7 without the developer account.
No Major changes noticed.
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Is every single one of your iDevices disposable? Do you not actively use a single one of those for anything important? I don't get downloading beta software on every single device you own.

 

Uhh.. he's probably a developer...
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Glad to see the tweaks on homescreen. Definitely should make things less confusing. 

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not sure where you're seeing beta 4. I still see beta 3.
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Voice Memos app seems to have gone missing once again.
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Glad to see the tweaks on homescreen. Definitely should make things less confusing. 

Also strange to see that upper pull down icon overlapping the WiFi icon.
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Good tweaks.

But make those lines at top/bottom be something else, like "grab strips" (2 or 3 parallel lines) or else people won't know what the heck they are--in which case they may as well be removed! (Which could be just fine.)

Also they should move the top one down out of the way of the status bar. The overlap that sometimes happens is ugly and not useful.
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For what it's worth, which is nothing, I've used that same David Aja Hawkeye cover as a wallpaper on my iPhone and iPad.

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Is every single one of your iDevices disposable? Do you not actively use a single one of those for anything important? I don't get downloading beta software on every single device you own. 

You can download and update separately!

The iPad 4 and iP5 are my current "production" iDevices -- others are older "test" devices.

I normally install first, on an older "test" device -- check it out and, if OK, install on the "production" devices.

However, both OSX Mavericks and iOS 7 have proven to be very reliable software -- minor glitches, but no show-stoppers.

Everyone in our household (2 adults and 3 teenagers) has an iP4 or newer and an iPad 2 or newer -- so there are other iOS 6 devices available.

This may seem excessive, but as an AAPL investor since 2003, the stock appreciation from $17 before 2:1 split paid for some of the Apple Toys. Now the dividends do the job.
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You can swipe between panels in Notification Center. Homescreen animations are faster and fonts are thicker in many places.

Not sure I'd call the lock screen changes an 'improvement'.
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Screenshots of UI tweaks are being updated here: (9to5mac)

 

http://************/2013/07/29/ios-7-beta-4-seeded-to-developers/

 

All positive changes IMO, but really this should have been the baseline from the beginning. And i guess hope is dwingling that any icon is going to be redesigned. Honestly if they get rid of the million notches on the safari icon that would be a start. I feel like I'm going blind everytime I look at it. Those 1px lines do nothing but make you want to squint. Other icons suffer from the same issue. 

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Let us know other important information too, like what you had for dinner last night and how the weather is. 

So far no problems with anything I've tried -- no app crashes or hangs in areas that had problems in prior release. Haven't tried the New Xcode yet, though!

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PLZ what about battery with IOS 7 beta 4 for IPhone 5 .....
is there solve this problem??
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Glad to see the tweaks on homescreen. Definitely should make things less confusing. 

 

Yup the Lock Screen looks good to me.

 

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Not sure I'd call the lock screen changes an 'improvement'.

 

It definitely looks less confusing, so that would make it an improvement in usability at least.

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Voice Memos app seems to have gone missing once again.

I see the Voice Memo app, its there on beta 4.

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Screenshots of UI tweaks are being updated here: (9to5mac)

[URL=http:/2013/07/29/ios-7-beta-4-seeded-to-developers/]http://************/2013/07/29/ios-7-beta-4-seeded-to-developers/[/URL]

All positive changes IMO, but really this should have been the baseline from the beginning. And i guess hope is dwingling that any icon is going to be redesigned. Honestly if they get rid of the million notches on the safari icon that would be a start. I feel like I'm going blind everytime I look at it. Those 1px lines do nothing but make you want to squint. Other icons suffer from the same issue. 

How 'bout this from the wayback machine?
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Voice Memos app seems to have gone missing once again.
I see the Voice Memo app, its there on beta 4.

It's there, It's different. it works fine!
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"Developers are advised to sync voice memos off of a device"

 

EUGH!!!! who writes this?? It's FROM, "FROM A DEVICE" you idiots.

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PLZ what about battery with IOS 7 beta 4 for IPhone 5 .....
is there solve this problem??

Yeah: don't install beta software on a device when you're not a developer.
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EUGH!!!! who writes this?? It's FROM, "FROM A DEVICE" you idiots.

Pretty sure they know what's correct.

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Glad to see the tweaks on homescreen. Definitely should make things less confusing. 
Also strange to see that upper pull down icon overlapping the WiFi icon.

That's only a side effect of using the most space-inefficient cell signal indicator imaginable. I may be an armchair iOS graphic designer, but I would have gone with a single vertical bar that fills with signal, like a rotated battery indicator.

 

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But make those lines at top/bottom be something else, like "grab strips" (2 or 3 parallel lines) or else people won't know what the heck they are--in which case they may as well be removed! (Which could be just fine.)

So make it like the recent app trend of using three parallel lines to access their menu (Feedly, Duolingo, YouTube even does this on desktop web). I'm not sure if that's good or bad, when considering icon consistency, functionality, and visibility.

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Thanks for sharing that important information. 

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Am I the only one that notice the notification center has the ability to delete the old notifications? Thank you, because my was full of everything.

If you are like me you will also notice that you can send picture within the message now. I was able to this in ios 7 beta 3, I had to send the picture from the photo album.

And Am the only only one with lines instead of arrows on the lock screen to pull up the control and pull down the notification center?
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The lock screen is still ridiculously washed out. "Are you running iOS6?" "yeah" "What time is it?"

 

And please, Apple, get rid of those silly NC and CC lines. Kiil them already. We know: swipe down, swipe up; got it! Those lines don't help AT ALL. They are simply ugly clutter.

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Checked a new feature in the Beta 4. The Call answer screen has improved. it now includes a Remind Later Option and seperates the Call Answer and decline button.

The Call Answer is back to Tap instead of Slide to Answer- Thank God. Please see attached screenshot.

 

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Glad to see the tweaks on homescreen. Definitely should make things less confusing. 

Yeah it's a huge upgrade. I'll never forget how to unlock the iPhone ever again in my life.
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The arrow to the left of the "slide to unlock" looks a bit cheapish.

Furthermore, the arrow sits really close to the edge of the screen when your iPhone is set to German as "Zum Entsperren streichen" is noticeably longer than "slide to unlock". I wish they'd come up with a nicer looking unlock mechanism, tbh. Same goes for some of the icons (Photos, Game Center, Mail, Safari ... )

 

Overall, the lock screen looks pretty cluttered now and ... cobbled together. Getting rid of those fugly lines at the top and bottom would be a start, I guess. 

 

Otherwise, very solid update. My iP4 runs a lot smoother now than on beta 3 and I'm glad the feature to delete notifications in the NC is back again. 

 

Also, with so much swiping up and down going on, I wish they would've kept Spotlight as a regular page to the left of the home screen.

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Since the developers forum is down. Any developer here were able to hide the status bar in their apps when building with xcode 5 beta?

 

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The lock screen is still ridiculously washed out. "Are you running iOS6?" "yeah" "What time is it?"

 

And please, Apple, get rid of those silly NC and CC lines. Kiil them already. We know: swipe down, swipe up; got it! Those lines don't help AT ALL. They are simply ugly clutter.

 

Apple should remove these NC and CC lines after the user uses them for the first time.

 

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Checked a new feature in the Beta 4. The Call answer screen has improved. it now includes a Remind Later Option and seperates the Call Answer and decline button.

The Call Answer is back to Tap instead of Slide to Answer- Thank God. Please see attached screenshot.

 

I like it more but the rounded corners make them look weird when everything else is normal corner. They should just remove the rounded corners.

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Is every single one of your iDevices disposable? Do you not actively use a single one of those for anything important? I don't get downloading beta software on every single device you own. 

You can safely install iOS 7 on any device, as long as it's added to someone's developer portal (without this premise, it may be risky).  As long as Recovery Mode works, you're safe since you can always go back to either a previous version of the beta or the latest live version that Apple still signs for your device (Apple claims that you can't do this, but that's a lie, and they can't change that since they can't afford to prevent developers from resetting their devices to factory defaults just for being developers)..

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Uhh.. he's probably a developer...

 

Not necessarily. I heard non-developers signed up for the $99 iOS Developer program just to get their hands on iOS 7 beta. I wouldn't spend money on what will become a free iOS upgrade in a few months, but stranger things have happened.

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The iOS6 swipe-to-unlock method was both more elegant and more intuitive. The iOS7 approach smacks too much of "When minimalism goes to war with the conveyance of useful information, and minimalism wins".

This has the feeling of people who decided they needed to change the lock screen 'to make it ours' even if it got worse in the process, just to have their stamp on it. Will new users find this graphic easier or harder to figure out? Almost certainly harder (quite certainly neutral-or-harder, no way in hell easier). For that increase in difficulty, was there a compelling improvement in the aesthetics? I for one just don't see it, except in the eyes of a zealot for whom every visual detail is an abomination that needs to be expunged. Is there something cynical going on with the design teams where someone is saying "Yeah, it's worse but it's a universal gesture and once you learn it, you've got it... so even though new users are 10 times more likely to need to be shown what to do with the new design, you'll only need to do it once, and then our new design is much easier to tune out"? Because that's how it feels to me. It feels like Mr Ive forgot his criticism of things where you're hit in the face with design for design's sake. Hitting people in the face with minimalism that's worse than the original thing, done simple because it wanted to be more minimal is as bad as skeuomorphism that detracts from the experience. Worse, because skeuomorphism is at least there to give hints. Minimalism is about taking hints away.
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The iOS6 swipe-to-unlock method was both more elegant and more intuitive. The iOS7 approach smacks too much of "When minimalism goes to war with the conveyance of useful information, and minimalism wins".

This has the feeling of people who decided they needed to change the lock screen 'to make it ours' even if it got worse in the process, just to have their stamp on it. Will new users find this graphic easier or harder to figure out? Almost certainly harder (quite certainly neutral-or-harder, no way in hell easier). For that increase in difficulty, was there a compelling improvement in the aesthetics? I for one just don't see it, except in the eyes of a zealot for whom every visual detail is an abomination that needs to be expunged. Is there something cynical going on with the design teams where someone is saying "Yeah, it's worse but it's a universal gesture and once you learn it, you've got it... so even though new users are 10 times more likely to need to be shown what to do with the new design, you'll only need to do it once, and then our new design is much easier to tune out"? Because that's how it feels to me. It feels like Mr Ive forgot his criticism of things where you're hit in the face with design for design's sake. Hitting people in the face with minimalism that's worse than the original thing, done simple because it wanted to be more minimal is as bad as skeuomorphism that detracts from the experience. Worse, because skeuomorphism is at least there to give hints. Minimalism is about taking hints away.
 

 

You're over-exaggerating.

 

After literally 2 seconds people will figure out that a right swipe unlocks their device. Do you think that's a huge learning curve?

 

Honestly after people figure it out they won't forget it, and it's still better than a lot of the Android options that try their best not to skirt Apple's slide-to-unlock patents. Those solutions end up either too complicated or just plain rubbish.

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... and it's still better than a lot of the Android options that try their best not to skirt Apple's slide-to-unlock patents. Those solutions end up either too complicated or just plain rubbish.

When I see someone unlocking their Android phone it always seems they're giving their phone the middle finger, all over the screen.
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Shouldn't they put the right arrow, er. to the right of the word "unlock?" Since you have the animation moving from left to right on the lock screen, it would make sense that it would end on a right arrow. Putting the arrow on the left doesn't look too good.
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Putting the arrow on the left doesn't look too good.

Hasn't been a problem for the last 6 years having it on the left of 350M devices now.
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