Apple Dev Center Back Online: iOS 7 Beta 4 Release Inches Closer

The Apple Developer Center is back online, including iOS 7 beta downloads, paving the way for a swift IOS 7 beta 4 release, possibly as soon as next week.

A hack forced Apple to take the iOS and Mac Developer Center offline last week, after an un-authorized user compromised emails and other developer information. This downtime came as Apple is in the middle of preparing for the iOS 7 release this fall with multiple betas aimed at fixing bugs and helping developers prepare for the new features and look of the iPhone and iPad software.

Apple has been working around the clock to bring the Developer Center online and late Friday night Apple restored some Developer Center functionality including access to the iOS 7 beta downloads.

The Apple Developer Center is back online, paving the way for an iOS  7 beta 4 release soon.

The Apple Developer Center is back online, paving the way for an iOS 7 beta 4 release soon.

In an email sent to iOS developers Apple expressed appreciation for the inconvenience and outlined the progress so far saying,

We appreciate your patience as we work to bring our developer services back online. Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, software downloads, and other developer services are now available. If you would like to know the availability of a particular system, visit our status page.

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This comes as good news after several top iOS developers expressed the opinion that it could be a long wait for the iOS 7 beta 4 release.

As of 7:45 Pacific on Friday Apple brought the Certificates and Profiles and Software Downloads online as well as the iOS, Mac and Safari Dev Centers. All of these were offline for the last week, stalling developer progress for some apps.

With the Certificates Identifiers and Profiles online, developers can now add new devices to their app testing and to the iOS 7 beta. This does not mark a full return of the iOS Developer Center, but it is an important step.

The iOS Developer Center is online.

The iOS Developer Center is online.

Now that the iOS 7 beta download files are back online, as well as the XCode 5 Developer Preview, Apple could be working hard for an iOS 7 beta 4 release date of Monday. While Apple does not set external dates for the iOS 7 beta release dates, previous iOS 7 betas came out after two weeks, which would have been earlier this week for the iOS 7 beta 4.

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While there was some concern this downtime could delay the fall iOS 7 release, and possibly impact the iPhone 5S launch, a week of downtime should not provide a major impact to the overall progress as internal testing could likely continue during this time.

Comments

  1. Eseng says

    • Skylar says

      My ios 7 beta works without that crap and I do get the OTA to and restored the iPhone back to ios 6.1.3

      • Eseng says

        @skylar I know freeloaders like you can install ios 7 beta, but you can never get a free provisioning profile. You dig more coupon so you can have your free meal.. :)

  2. Kraze says

    So without UDID we can update to Beta 4? Got beta 3 installed and never had a plan to IOS 6 again.

  3. MIke Mike says

  4. ILoveLamp says

    I don’t get you guys, trying to predict when Apple will drop the next beta. That’s about as accurate as trying to predict the Super Bowl winner… for 2015. (Hint: It’s the Broncos).

    Apple does things on their own time, and you’ll get it when they’re ready for you to have it. If you understood development cycles, you’d understand that they have internal milestones for each beta, and sometimes those slip.

    And besides, if they wanted to release it last week, they could have – the parts of the development center related to releasing the beta have been back up and running since then.

    SIMMA DOWN NOW!

  5. Ryan says

    What functions iOS needs:

    1. Smarter keyboard options and Notes functionality
    2. Offline dictation and offline Siri
    3. Multi-window support for iPad (to enhance productivity)
    4. Actionable and Interactive Notifications
    5. New camera features
    6. Better copy and paste

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