As expected, the Cupertino-based company has decided to release the fourth beta version of iOS 7 early this morning. The update comes three weeks after the third beta version of the well-known operating system was unveiled.
As you know, Apple has been releasing new betas for iOS 7 by following a strict pattern. So far, the Fruit Company has offered a different beta version of iOS 7 every second Monday. However, the latest version steps aside of the already mentioned pattern and comes a little bit later, more precisely, three weeks after the release of beta 3.
At this point, iOS 7 Beta 4 is available for download to all registered Apple developers via OTA (over the air update). The file can be installed by visiting the Software Update section in the Settings app of all iOS devices that currently run on iOS 7.
When Apple first revealed iOS 7, users were able to discover multiple new features, as well as radical design alterations. However, as it comes natural with a beta version, the inaugural beta was somehow below standards, as far as some users are concerned. Nevertheless, beta means an unfinished job, unusable and far from flawless.
As some of you might be aware of, the first beta did not offer iPad support. This problem was fixed along with the second release, allowing developers and worldwide consumers to enjoy an altogether iOS-like experience.
Even so, with each beta version released, the Fruit Company offered a number of UI tweaks and changes in apps such as Mail, Music, Weather and NotificationCenter. In the same time, each version brought notable performance improvements, which made the firmware faster and more reliable than previous releases.
Along with this late release, Apple focused on solving several security issues, especially after the security breach that occurred at the DeveloperCenter two weeks ago. So far, the fourth beta version brings one or two key alterations, as well as the well-known amount of bug fixes and performance tweaks.
For those who plan to install the latest version of firmware offered by Apple, keep in mind the fact that all beta versions were intended for developer use only. Some features still have yet to be configured and prepared for an official release, so, it is recommended to install iOS 7 Beta 4 on a different device, a device that you do not use on a daily basis.
As it was mentioned earlier, iOS 7 Beta 4 is compatible with iPhone, 4, 4S, 5, iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation, iPad 2, 3, 4 and iPad mini. The firmware is available for download by visiting Settings > General > Software Update.