Three weeks following the previous seed, Apple has released iOS 7 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. The release follows Apple’s Developer Portal going back online late last week following an 8 day outage. The new seed is available via the over-the-air Software Update function in the iOS Settings app.
The previous beta release brought several user-facing changes (video here), including a sharper system-wide font, interface enhancements to Safari, Calendar, App Store, and Music, as well as improvements to Home screen folder transparency, a functional built-in dictionary tool, and more improvements to Siri’s more realistic voices.
A download link and claims regarding this new beta emerged earlier this morning. As the public release of iOS 7 approaches this fall, it is likely that beta 4 will continue providing interface and stability enhancements.
If you find anything new in this beta, you can let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep updating this post with a running change log of findings (below):
Lock screen is no longer confusing:
- Call button in Phone dialer is tweaked:
- Phone answer buttons tweaked:
HDR in camera re-located:
- You can now swipe between panels in Notification Center
- Tweaks to image download in Mail.app:
- Safari graphics tweaks:
Tweaked filters UI (and added for some older iPhone models):
Search bar in Reminders:
- Readers reporting minor keyboard tweaks
- Improved back buttons in setup:
- New AirPlay icons:
- Slight UI tweak to Newsstand:
- Shuffle all songs is back:
- Improved animations and transparency in folders on the Home screen.
- New iPad resolution changing button while running iPhone-only apps:
- Completed uploads notifications:
- Siri Q/A
- Choose a sound for AirDrop alerts:
- Faster calibration in Compass.
- iPad multitasking now supports unlimited apps. Previous betas capped it at 10 open apps.
- Video of snappier animations