It has officially made available to download iOS 10.3 beta 4 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 4 to registered developers on Apple’s Developer Program, which they can download and consume on their compatible iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac hardware respectively.
A week after unleashing iOS 10.3 beta 3 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 to developers, Apple has rolled out the next stage in the software’s development. Given that this is a relatively incremental update to iOS and macOS, and this is the fourth beta to be released, it can’t be long enough until Apple deems iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 ready for an official global public release.
iOS 10.3 beta 4
Currently only available in beta for registered developers and public beta testers. The first version of iOS 10.3 beta include Find My AirPods in the Find My iPhone app, Wi-Fi Calling for iCloud-connected devices for Verizon customers, and a new 32-bit alert that suggests iOS 11 could be 64-bit only.
The initial beta release of iOS 10.3 managed to bring a few smiles when it was pushed out into the development community towards the end of January. Rather not only being a bug-fix update, Apple had actually taken time to introduce some new features and improvements. The updateed Find My iPhone app in iOS 10.3 introduces the ability to locate lost Apple AirPods, also explains why Apple saw it necessary to kill an app on the App Store which offered similar functionality by using Bluetooth strength indicators.
iOS 3 also offers an improved Siri experience as well for developers looking to integrate Siri into their software via the SiriKit framework, both directly on the device itself for end-users though. Apple has also taken the opportunity to add a new user profile and security section to the Settings app, and the overall CarPlay experience as well, making enhancements to HomeKit, and even introduced a whole new internal file system called Apple File System, or APFS in short.
It’s not clear yet when Apple will introduce a way for developers to reply to app reviews with iOS 10.3 and a new system-wide app review request feature. iOS 10.3 also includes iCloud Analytics for the first time. What new changes today’s iOS 10.3 beta 4 brings to the table is unknown, but soon we’ll be investigating this build and report back on changes.
Those developers with all necessary credentials, and either with an exiting beta installed on their device or one of Apple’s beta configuration profiles, can grab the fourth beta of iOS 10.3 as an over-the-air update and install it right away from Settings > General > Software Update. Alternatively, for those who prefer an entirely fresh installation via iTunes, there’s a relevant IPSW files available to download with immediate effect from developer.apple.com.
macOS 10.12.4 beta 4
Is a minor release to macOS 10.12.4 which adds Night Shift mode to compatible Macs as well as ways for developers to allow responses on the reviews left on the App Store.
Speaking about macOS 10.12.4 beta 4, it’s likely a bug fix and goes as under-the-hood performance-only release that makes the already mentioned macOS release ready for prime time use.
As always, those have a beta of macOS installed can head over to Mac App Store right now to grab the 10.12.4 beta 4 update from under the Updates tab. Who are new to macOS betas will need to head over to developer.apple.com first to get started.
Both iOS 10.3 beta 4 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 4 are not available to public testers yet, once we find the update hits the Apple Beta Software Program, we’ll let you know. Stay tuned.
Update: After releasing beta 4 of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, Apple has now released beta 4 of watchOS 3.2 as well.
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