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iOS 7 Beta 4 Release: Mavericks Update is a Good Sign



Yesterday, in the late afternoon, Apple released OS X Mavericks Beta 4 a sign that the company may not let a recent hack of its developer program interfere with its beta process and a sign that the iOS 7 beta 4 release could still be on track.

Last week, Apple’s Developer portal was taken offline though at the time, the reasons were unknown. Apple then confirmed that it took the Developer portal offline due to a hack and that “developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed.” The Developer portal remains down as of 11:04 AM PST and there is no word on when it will go back online with Apple saying that it expects it to be back online soon.

Read: Apple Hack Could Delay iOS 7 Beta 4 Release, Slow App Updates.

Apple released a new OS X Mavericks beta yesterday, a sign that a recent hack hasn't slowed it down.

Apple released a new OS X Mavericks beta yesterday, a sign that a recent hack hasn’t slowed it down.

With Apple focusing on bringing the Developer portal back online and yesterday marking two weeks since the release of an iOS 7 beta, many, including developers, have been wondering if the downtime affected Apple’s highly anticipated iOS 7 beta 4 release.

The company is currently in the middle of testing its new iOS 7 software and since it was announced in June, Apple has released a new beta every two weeks, the latest release being iOS 7 beta 3. And with iOS 7 beta 3 currently boasting a number of bugs including incoming calls not ringing on the iPhone and or not showing a missed call marker, developers and iOS 7 beta users are hoping for the release of a new beta.

Yesterday marked two weeks since the arrival of iOS 7 beta 3 and while Apple had delivered in the past, yesterday came and went without a release of an iOS 7 beta. However, it did not come without a beta release as Apple pushed out the fourth beta of its new OS X software, OS X Mavericks.

While this isn’t necessarily confirmation that an iOS 7 beta 4 release is imminent, it could mean that the Developer portal downtime is not affecting Apple’s beta release schedule and that the company, despite the past, never planned on issuing the iOS 7 beta 4 software on July 23rd.

Indeed, Apple seemed to be following a pattern with its iOS 7 beta releases but because the company never releases iOS 7 beta release dates ahead of time, there is no telling whether or not it had plans to release an iOS 7 beta on Monday, every two weeks. Apple’s beta releases in the past, have been a little harder to predict as can be seen in this iOS beta history chart below from Will Hains.

iOS beta release timing hasn't been exactly the same through the years.

iOS beta release timing hasn’t been exactly the same through the years.

With iOS 7 beta 3 not set to expire until the end of August, August 29th to be exact, there is still plenty of time for an iOS 7 beta 4 release to emerge. However, there are some signs that the iOS 7 beta 4 release could come sooner than that, possibly as soon as Wednesday, a date that has picked up some credibility thanks to Apple’s release of the new OS X Mavericks beta.



  1. Flutooth

    07/23/2013 at 12:12 pm

    Misleading title. I didn’t even bother reading the rest of the article.

    • jaochoui

      07/24/2013 at 1:25 am

      How is it misleading? Seems clear.

    • Nick

      07/25/2013 at 3:56 pm

      You can lead a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink! Lol

  2. andres

    07/23/2013 at 12:40 pm

    por fin descargando ios 7 beta 4 XD …. loading

    • Carlos

      07/24/2013 at 12:41 am

      Como lo conseguistes

  3. madelk

    07/23/2013 at 1:15 pm

    “With iOS 7 beta 3 not set to expire until the end of August, August 29th to be exact, there is still plenty of time for an iOS 7 beta 3 release to emerge.”

  4. Edwan01

    07/23/2013 at 3:55 pm

    til I looked at the draft which had said $5286, I be certain that…my… brothers friend had been actualey earning money part-time on their apple labtop.. there aunts neighbour haz done this less than 13 months and recently cleared the dept on their place and bourt themselves a BMW M3. I went here……….

  5. gene

    07/23/2013 at 5:54 pm

    this article is good enough to update me.

  6. Chris

    07/23/2013 at 9:17 pm

    Honestly it is a beta and we all took the chance of playing with bugs when we got into this. Yes the calls not coming through is a major downside but beta 3 did become more stable than beta 2. Now we need A LOT of the developers to get up to speed and make their popular applications compatible with IOS 7. It’ll be nice see the new UI incorporated into the applications we’ve learned to love.

    • Vlad

      07/23/2013 at 9:31 pm

      Im with you Chris, lets get them apps up to speed :)

  7. fundillo

    07/23/2013 at 9:28 pm

    naco indio mentiroso

  8. BCarter

    07/24/2013 at 7:11 am

    I’m shocked the developer portal is still down, it’s been almost a full week

  9. hally

    07/24/2013 at 7:20 am

    open today at 12.00!

  10. Anthony Silva

    07/24/2013 at 7:21 am

    this is bullshit

  11. Qwsty

    07/24/2013 at 7:27 am

    Is there a posibility to be available today ?

  12. Kraze

    07/24/2013 at 9:13 am

    Lets wait and see what will happen today… Just always hit software update on your phone :-)

  13. Qwsty

    07/24/2013 at 10:13 am

    No update here …

    • Anonymous

      07/24/2013 at 11:03 am

      Sometime today or this week we will see the update. Have patience.

    • malik

      07/25/2013 at 5:58 pm

      ikr on my iphone 4 and ipad mini it just says no update

  14. Apple Developer NOT!

    07/24/2013 at 11:50 am

    I am NOT an Apple developer but I still post bugs :) Really misleading SITE!!! They haven’t said when Beta 4 is released>when Developer Site Online> So they don’t let the Turkey-people (xD) know when they can hack again. It would be like… “We are available to hack at x/x/x! Please come and hack to your hearts content”, anyway, even the support contacts, chat, telephone don’t know when its released!!!! Cross your fingers people for the IOS 7 Beta 4 release to come this week!!!

  15. Daniel

    07/24/2013 at 3:58 pm

    what time did osx mavericks beta 4 come out yesterday?

  16. edmond

    07/29/2013 at 3:09 am

    checked so many time still no update :S when is the exact time for the update ?? anybody updated?

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