Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 7 to developers with tweaked lock screen

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in iPhone edited January 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 45
    Downloading now for iP5 iP4S iPad4 iPad3 iPad2
  • Reply 2 of 45
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post



    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. 

  • Reply 3 of 45
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,328member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post



    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. 

  • Reply 4 of 45
    Works for users who installed iOS 7 without the developer account.
    No Major changes noticed.
  • Reply 5 of 45
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

    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...
  • Reply 6 of 45
    brutus009brutus009 Posts: 356member


    Now with 40% more unicorn!

  • Reply 7 of 45
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,328member


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

  • Reply 8 of 45
    not sure where you're seeing beta 4. I still see beta 3.
  • Reply 9 of 45
    jetlawjetlaw Posts: 156member
    Voice Memos app seems to have gone missing once again.
  • Reply 10 of 45
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,671member
    slurpy wrote: »
    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.
  • Reply 11 of 45
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    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.
  • Reply 12 of 45
    rogerr32rogerr32 Posts: 14member


    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.

  • Reply 13 of 45
    dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 12,527member
    slurpy wrote: »
    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. 

    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.
  • Reply 14 of 45
    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'.
  • Reply 15 of 45
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,328member


    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. 

  • Reply 16 of 45
    dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 12,527member
    gazoobee wrote: »
    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. 

    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!

    Dinner last night: pork medallions in a red wine reduction, mushrooms and potatoes. Fresh nectarine-blueberry cobbler ala-mode.
  • Reply 17 of 45
    PLZ what about battery with IOS 7 beta 4 for IPhone 5 .....
    is there solve this problem??
  • Reply 18 of 45
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post


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



     


    Yup the Lock Screen looks good to me.


     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Brendan L View Post



    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.

  • Reply 19 of 45
    nikiloknikilok Posts: 383member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jetlaw View Post



    Voice Memos app seems to have gone missing once again.


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

  • Reply 20 of 45
    dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 12,527member
    slurpy wrote: »
    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?
    1000
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