iOS 7 getting Beta 5? Looking likely

All good software houses do it; they release alpha, beta and release candidate versions of their software to allow private and/or public users to try it, gauge their reaction and from any feedback make changes where required. Apple is no different, with iOS 7 having released up to beta 4 to date.

With new hardware arriving sometime in the Fall, 20th September is being touted as the possible date for the next iPhone launch. iOS 7 beta 4 is due to expire on 12th September, so with a possible nine days between expiry of the OS and the release of the new hardware, the likelihood we will get a beta 5, before the Golden Master, is quite high.

iOS 7 Beta 1 – Release 10th June, Expiry 24th July
iOS 7 Beta 2 – Release 24th June, Expiry 8th August
iOS 7 Beta 3 – Release 8th July, Expiry 29th August
iOS 7 Beta 4 – Release 29th July, Expiry 12th September
iOS 7 Beta 5 – Release 12th August?

In the past, Apple has released a beta version of the next OS in the days preceding the next iPhone release in September. And the existing iOS7 beta releases show that Apple releases a new beta exactly one month before the expiry of the current beta. So are we looking at 12th August as the release of beta 5?

Source: International Business Times | Image courtesy of Boy Genius Report

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I'm not a developer, but I am very interested at trying one of the betas. I just want to play with it a little..

I've been using iOS 7 everyday now and have no real issues except apps are not working properly, but that's because they haven't been updated to it yet. Most glitches and battery drain have been fixed so far. Night battery(8hrs) drain is now 8%, before it was 15%.

I am really enjoying ios7. No real issues for me and I use it all day every day on all of my devices. It will be interesting to see the public's response when it's released.

How do I skip tracks or rewind music using my EarPod on iOS7?

This functionality seems to be broken in Beta 4; only the volume seems to work.

Brian Miller said,
How do I skip tracks or rewind music using my EarPod on iOS7?

This functionality seems to be broken in Beta 4; only the volume seems to work.

Double squeeze to skip track, triple squeeze to restart or go to previous track.

Works on mine.

Beta 4 works great for me. Only a few minor bugs but nothing major.

BTW This has been said at least a week ago on other sites : iOS 7 is meant to have 6 betas.

FalseAgent said,
I still think iOS 7 is an eyesore.

Have you actually used it? Felt it looked off and too white until I got it on my device. I wouldn't go back to the old UI ever.

King Mustard said,

Then you don't have to use it.

Actually you do have to use it. Once anything happens to your iphone after ios 7 release, you will HAVE to restore to ios 7.

shockz said,

Have you actually used it? Felt it looked off and too white until I got it on my device. I wouldn't go back to the old UI ever.


I like how the apps look now, but the homescreen is really, ugh.

TruckWEB said,
They NEED a Beta 5 because at the state of Beta 4, iOS 7 could be a flop. Lots of bugs....

That's funny the only bug I have with beta 4 on my iPhone 5 is the wallpaper not fitting right with "Reduce Motion " off ... Far from flop material ...

Are you serious? It's well known that they use a 2 week interval. You don't need to look at the expiration date or anything. Unless they get hacked again(which caused the delay of beta 4), we will get a new beta every 2 week until you receive your press invite.

Exactly. With a 20th September release, I expect Apple to release and update the beta every 2 weeks until then. I would think (and hope) at least another 2-3 betas are incoming, before the golden sign off on the 20th Sep.
As it stands, beta 4 is still pretty buggy, even in its current state.

Graimer said,
Are you serious? It's well known that they use a 2 week interval. You don't need to look at the expiration date or anything. Unless they get hacked again(which caused the delay of beta 4), we will get a new beta every 2 week until you receive your press invite.

They are using a two week interval with iOS 7. They've never been this regimented about prior versions.

There are still a ton of bugs with b4. Thats the reason there is going to be a b5, and probably a b6 and b7.

episode said,

They are using a two week interval with iOS 7. They've never been this regimented about prior versions.

There are still a ton of bugs with b4. Thats the reason there is going to be a b5, and probably a b6 and b7.


As far as I remember, they did this with 6 and 6.1 too.