iOS 7 beta 4 and sooner GM release

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 15, 2013

Now that we are heading towards iOS 7 beta 4 and a number of our readers have been using beta 3 for a little while, we thought it was a good time to take a look at what problems currently exist and need fixing in the next beta update. Our in-house developer has been testing iOS 7 beta 3 on an iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, so they shared some issues experienced with this version to Product Reviews this past weekend.

When our developer was testing PR apps with iOS 7 beta 3 they experienced apps crashing on the iPhone and the 4S model got overly hot and seemed to be overheating. This only happened to such an extent after installing iOS 7 beta 1. Some of our readers have also commented previously on sync issues over Wi-Fi but there’s a workaround within the beta release notes.

iOS 7 beta 4 bug fixes – please don’t comment about this being a beta, this is pretty obvious, the fact is a lot of our readers are giving feedback to Product Reviews in relation to bugs and problems needing a fix with iOS 7 beta 4, so we want to share some of that information.

Battery life is continually highlighted by some app developers and this has been mentioned again with the latest update, one of our readers stated, “iOS 7 beta 3 kills battery life on my iPhone 4”. For these people, we would highlight the fact that a backup and then a clean install can be performed that would fix these battery drain issues most of the time.

One of the most reported problems to us involves some crashing after “closing multitasking”. We have heard from a number of different people in relation to this issue, and while we haven’t experienced this ourselves there’s a clear indication that a number of users are meeting a black screen after shutting down an app in multitasking.

Another issue we have seen reported from a couple of users is to do with the iPhone 5 freezing in iOS 7 beta 3 when trying to use headphones or Bluetooth to make a phone call. The freeze can apparently happen “on the lock screen and you have to force a restart with the home plus power button”.

What do you want to see fixed in iOS 7 beta 4? The main point of testing iOS 7 betas is to find bugs, so if you have met any and want to see them fixed in iOS 7 beta 4 then share what you find in the comments and also report them to Apple.

It will also be interesting to see if the iOS 7 Gold Master arrives quicker than it did with iOS 6. We only raise this point after a number of forums touch on this very topic considering the amount of betas releasing in short spaces of time, although we still wouldn’t expect to see a public release until September.

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