Apple releases iOS 6 beta 4 to developers

Apple releases iOS 6 beta 4 to developers

Apple has just released iOS 6 beta 4 (10A5376e) for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to developers. iOS 6 beta 4 is currently available to paid developers via Apple's developer portal, and as an over-the-air (OTA) software update via Settings, General, Software Update on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

iOS 6 was introduced at WWDC 2012 on Monday, June 11. Beta 2 was released on two weeks later on Monday, June 25. Beta 3 was released three week later on Monday, July 16. Now, Beta 4 has followed 3 weeks after that. While slightly longer between releases, iOS 6 is sticking to a more regular, Monday schedule than last year.

We previous looked at how many betas there might be for iOS 6, using past release schedules as checkpoints, and how iOS 6's flagship features compare to those of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Windows Phone 8, and Blackberry 10.

If reports of a September 12, 2012 Apple special event are accurate, that will likely be the date for an iOS 6 Gold Master (GM) seed for developers, with general public release following on or around September 19, shortly before the new iPhone 5 launch rumored for September 21.

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Apple releases iOS 6 beta 4 to developers


BGR reporting that YouTube app is gone. Is that "for good" or maybe just an oversight (doubtful) .....

Lol that was so mean I was actually cheering that they gave a way to put that in a folder, don't understand why they haven't already?

Yes, it's for good. License expired per Google & confirmed by Apple. Besides, Google working on one for the AppStore.

Whoa. iMore, where's the spiffy iOS developer beta timeline/schedule comparison chart? Love seeing that sort of thing.

ok that was odd, after install and reboot, it made you walk through as if you were setting up a new phone. all data apps still on phone, but it was spooky for a moment lol

Can anyone confirm if:
-MMS functionality has been brought back on the 4S running under AT&T? (picture messages would not send in B3)
-Push Email works for Yahoo and other IMAP services? (push was broken in B3)

Can't seem to find the OTA update on any of my devices -- it keeps looking for an update, then times out with an error message…! :(