Apple releases iOS 9 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to developers

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Roughly two weeks after the previous build with Apple Music support included, Apple has released iOS 9 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. iOS 9 includes new or redesigned built-in apps including the Flipboard-like News app and an overhauled Notes app, powerful iPad multitasking features, and a new system feature built around search and intelligence called Proactive. The previous beta included the first look at Apple’s News app, support for Apple Music and Beats 1, and other changes including Screenshots and Selfies albums in Photos and 4×4 app folders on the iPad. We’ll dig in to today’s release and update with changes in the latest beta.

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– iOS 9 beta 4 is now available through the developer center and OTA through the Settings app for registered developers

– Beta 4 measures in between 300 and 350 MB depending on device and features build number 13A4305g

– Xcode 7 beta 4 with build 7A165t also available for developers

– Notifications icon changed from gray to red, square battery icon fixed

– Home Sharing once again available with Music as promised, high quality on cellular setting moved

– Updated Handoff UI (was previously a card rather than banner) on both iPhone and iPad

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– Apple’s Podcasts app now supports Picture-in-Picture feature when playing video and multitasking on iPad

– New HomeKit notification options

– New photo picker UI for the web

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– Larger artwork plus heart and radio options when sharing Apple Music content

– Bing Web Results can now be disabled in Spotlight Search settings

– Volume button as shutter button for Camera now functional again

– Activity indicator moved to right side when Back button from other apps is present

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– Updated icons for iPhone, Apple Watch on Battery widget

– Double clicking the home button to launch Wallet from the lock screen only shows passes with barcodes now

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  1. tmrjij718 - 8 years ago

    Dude. . . . .

  2. mariobros27772 - 8 years ago

    Hoping for a public beta 2 soon as well. Hopefully either today or later this week.

    • staywhatyouare2 - 8 years ago

      Does anyone know the typical timeline for the public beta releases? The developer betas seem to be pretty regular every two weeks.

      • TJ (@techteej) - 8 years ago

        Usually the new public betas release a day or two after developer betas.

      • Public betas are released every 3 developer betas.

      • mariobros27772 - 8 years ago

        From what I can remember, Public Betas were less frequent and came a few days after a Developer Build. Its possible Apple has changed that and hopefully we get one later this week.

    • luckydcxx - 8 years ago

      From “agwin27” on macrumors….

      For those with the Public Beta Profile installed who want Developer Beta 4 (assuming apple doesn’t make a new beta available for the public users), here’s how to opt out of the Public Beta to get Beta 4:

      -Settings > General > Profiles
      -Delete the iOS 9 Public Beta Profile
      -Reboot your device
      -Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install

      • Sree Charan - 8 years ago

        Will there be any problems if I install it this way

      • Sandy Karnati - 8 years ago

        the process is working fine.. i tried it :)

    • J (@jmanu31) - 8 years ago

      If you have the iOS 9 public beta and don’t want to wait for a public beta with the latest iOS 9 features, you may try the following:

      Go to Settings / General / Profile and delete the “iOS 9 Beta Software Profile”, then restart your iPhone, after that, you will be able to download the latest iOS 9 beta 4 via OTA update

    • Remove the beta profile reboot your phone and check for update :-)

  3. pointlessskulls - 8 years ago

    When will the public beta be out? It’s needed!!

  4. i am on the public beta right now . I just checked for updates and it gave me the option for ios 9 beta 4 …i’m currently installing the beta 4

  5. surfingarbo - 8 years ago

    Or check out the App Store so you can pay just $0.99c to a developer for their hard work!!

  6. RP - 8 years ago

    My beta has been pretty smooth. Clearing notifications has been my only problem. Nice upgrade and the change in system font makes a huge difference. Feels really polished and high end….or rather like an iPhone should.

  7. Multitasking adds a cool new bar at the bottom for Handoff applications.

  8. mariobros27772 - 8 years ago

    Battery icon is rounded off too

  9. Andrew Messenger - 8 years ago

    You don’t need UDID registered for iOS 9 beta.

  10. surfingarbo - 8 years ago

    Volume Up button works to take a photo again in Camera App (Did not work in previous beta).

  11. JERSH (@socratitties) - 8 years ago

    seems as though the two-finger keyboard cursor feature that Apple really only mentioned for the iPad is still missing, at least on the iPhone 6 Plus. the feature was present in betas 1 & 2 but was removed in 3. really was hoping that this would stick around since the larger screen on the plus makes it more difficult than other devices to use the antiquated magnifying glass to move the curser. will definitely be submitting feedback to Apple on this one.

  12. bradleyza - 8 years ago

    Beta 4 feels sluggish. What happened to Siri Suggestions

  13. U U B (@954lgnd) - 8 years ago

    Is this for Public Beta testers too?

    • chaityacshah - 8 years ago

      Not yet

    • Amritaansh Verma - 8 years ago

      For those with the Public Beta Profile installed who want Developer Beta 4 (assuming apple doesn’t make a new beta available for the public users), here’s how to opt out of the Public Beta to get Beta 4:

      -Settings > General > Profiles
      -Delete the iOS 9 Public Beta Profile
      -Reboot your device
      -Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install

  14. burchtm - 8 years ago

    New sleep settings in Podcast playback which allows to sets the app to stop playing podcasts after a certain time or the current podcast.

  15. Darren Liew - 8 years ago

    We need the more control for music quality on Apple Music. Since, some area data are not cheap.

  16. Tyler Allen - 8 years ago

    I’ve got a developer account, & I tested iOS9. I still went back to iOS 8.4. Unjailbroken iOS is still to handicapped for me. Nothing beats BSD rooted. Nothing! Luckily in 10.11 el capitan you can disable this “rootless” garbage with a terminal command. I do miss the new app switcher, but the new music app is bordering bloatware! Again, Luckily jailbroken I can remove all of the added junk with multiple tweaks like music mod.

  17. Rafaela Charalambous - 8 years ago

    which day come for ipod 5 ios 9

  18. Rulo Flores - 8 years ago

    On thus build iOS 9 Beta 4, the “Recently Deleted” Folder in photos also no longer shows any preview picture of it’s content. Personally, thats great and very useful in some ways, lol.

  19. strawbarigurl - 8 years ago

    I’m waiting for the next update. Hope it’s soon. Some games don’t work. My contacts app keeps crashing when I try to change sounds.


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