Now that iOS 7 beta 3 has been out for almost a week we wanted to provide a little insight into how it is performing. Product Reviews has a developer using the new iOS 7 beta 3 and looking at the changes when testing our apps, so we have been able to gain a lot of insight into each beta update from both our in-house developer and our readers.
Numerous iOS 7 beta 3 issues as expected – while we want the latest beta to be problem free, it obviously wouldn’t be that way considering we are a couple of months away from a public release date or even a Gold Master of iOS 7.
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Our developer has explained that during their review of iOS 7 beta 3 the iPhone 4S still gets hot, as it did with beta 1 and 2. This seems to happen when using 3G more than when using Wi-Fi, although the amount of overheating experienced on the iPhone 4S running iOS 7 beta 3 is not acceptable for public launch.
PR’s apps haven’t crashed but a number of apps are crashing during the use of iOS 7 beta 3, but this is expected considering some developers will need to update their apps before the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 launch in September. This is one reason why developers are given early access to the next major update.
Battery drain and iPhone 5 – tests with the iPhone 5 and iOS 7 beta 3 reveals that this device runs a lot cooler and battery life is good, but under some installs the battery will drain much faster.
If this happens to you after installing iOS 7 on your iPhone 5, 4S or 4 then our developer explains that you should perform a soft reset first to see if battery life improves. If that doesn’t fix it, then you should backup everything and perform a clean install then restore your backup of content and settings.
Some of our readers have reported problems with iOS 7 beta 3, although we cannot confirm if these are developers or people using unofficial versions of iOS 7. There seems to be a lot of discussion over Wi-Fi issues in iOS 7 beta 3, but it should be noted that Apple explain how some Wi-Fi issues can be fixed in the iOS 7 release notes.
One of our readers said, “I have music syncing problems in iOS 7 beta 3 and some apps are crashing”. Another added, “Having an issue with the beta syncing my music every time I try and connect to Apple iTunes, I have no idea how to fix this”.
The biggest issue we keep hearing about is battery drain as seen here, “I’m using beta 3 on iPhone 5 and after my phone was unplugged for about an hour it dropped 20% without it even being unlocked, my battery life is terrible”. Again, for these users we recommend you try the fix we mentioned above.
Are you using iOS 7 beta 3, and if so how is it performing for you? Are you problem-free, or even if you have issues are they minor or major ones? Hit the comments with how the new beta software is performing and let us know what you want to see fixed in iOS 7 beta 4.