Apple Seeds iOS 6 Beta 4 to Developers

We're receiving numerous report that Apple today released the fourth beta of iOS 6, the company's next-generation mobile operating system set to launch "this fall", presumably alongside new iPhone hardware with an official announcement at Apple's September 12 media event.

As with previous builds, the new one is arriving as an over-the-air update first, and it is generating some confusion since it is labeled as "beta 3" despite being offered to users who already have the third beta installed on their devices.

ios beta 4 ota 3
iOS 6 Beta 4 over-the-air update incorrectly labeled as Beta 3

The fourth beta, which reportedly arrives as Build 10A5376e, comes three weeks after the previous developer version of Build 10A5355d.

We'll update this post with additional information on the new release as it surfaces.

Update: iOS 6 Beta 4 is now showing up in Apple's iOS Developer Center:

ios 6 beta 4
Xcode 4.5 Developer Preview 4 and Apple TV Software Beta 4 have also been made available to developers today.

Update 2: While the removal of the dedicated YouTube app is the biggest change in iOS 6 Beta 4 seen so far, there have been several other additions and changes, with some of them being tracked in this thread.

- New "Wi-Fi Plus Cellular" toggle in Settings allows apps to automatically fall back to cellular data when the Wi-Fi network the device is connected to is not performing well.

ios 6 beta 4 wifi cellular
- Passbook app now has a new "App Store" button on the welcome screen. While the button does not currently function, it will presumably take users to a dedicated section of the App Store for apps that integrate with Passbook.

passbook app store link
- The dedicated Privacy section in Settings has a new listing for Bluetooth Sharing to help monitor and control which devices can share data via Bluetooth.

ios 6 privacy bluetooth
- Bug with Passbook brightness has been fixed. Launching the Passbook app automatically forces device to full brightness for optimal scanning of barcodes, but in the previous beta the brightness did not return to normal upon closing the app.

(Thanks to Elijah Walsh for tips on changes!)

Top Rated Comments

unobtainium Avatar
119 months ago
Tell them the truth - that you're an iOS developer using a Beta product on your development iPhone. Tell your friends to contact you on your other phone - your personal phone.

That's true? Correct?

Yawn...are you people ever going to give it up? It's like you're personally offended by non-devs who use betas. I suspect it's because it makes you feel less cool and exclusive.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TreyCox Avatar
119 months ago
Safari feels snappier.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cvaldes Avatar
119 months ago
iOS 6 Beta 4 over-the-air update incorrectly labeled as Beta 3
This is proof that the sixth-generation iPhone will be called the iPhone 5.

;)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vodouman Avatar
119 months ago
Tell them the truth - that you're an iOS developer using a Beta product on your development iPhone. Tell your friends to contact you on your other phone - your personal phone.

That's true? Correct?

^ It's comments like this that annoy me. This comment was clearly a joke but this is the sentiment of many users here on the forums.

I am a paid iOS developer and recent university graduate. I made an iOS application for my dissertation. I sure as hell didn't/don't have enough money to afford multiple iPhones.

I own an iPad and an iPhone and am deserving of my license.

I got a first in the dissertation by the way. ;)
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LastLine Avatar
119 months ago
Tell them the truth - that you're an iOS developer using a Beta product on your development iPhone. Tell your friends to contact you on your other phone - your personal phone.

That's true? Correct?

A bit harsh, not all developers keep seperate devices, many of us 'hobbyists' have to use our main phone and take the chances :)
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macrumorschamp Avatar
119 months ago
Tell them the truth - that you're an iOS developer using a Beta product on your development iPhone. Tell your friends to contact you on your other phone - your personal phone.

That's true? Correct?

Get off your high horse. Who gives a crap (besides yourself) if he uses it on his personal for and not for development reasons. And I swear, people like you, your heads would blow up if you couldn't point out repetitive things to everybody all the time (like the memo for TPS reports in Office Space). Just like everyone else, we are all aware that we take the risk of running into issues and losing data. It doesn't need to be pointed out EVERY TIME someone makes a comment about running into a issue using it every day. You would be here a lifetime doing that. Besides, he may be field testing for all you know. Stop assuming. And lastly, this message does need to be pointed out to you and everyone else like you, because you won't stop otherwise.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

apple california streaming event

Apple Event Announced: 'California Streaming' on September 14 With iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 Expected

Tuesday September 7, 2021 9:03 am PDT by
Apple today announced that it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with WWDC and last year's fall events, this new event will be held digitally with no members of the media invited to attend in person. Apple will likely provide pre-taped segments for...
Apple Prefer Lightning Over USB C Feature

iPhone Sticking With Lightning Port Over USB-C for 'Foreseeable Future'

Tuesday March 2, 2021 9:32 am PST by
Apple will retain the Lightning connector on the iPhone for the "foreseeable future," with no intention of switching to USB-C, according to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In spite of much of the industry moving toward USB-C, Apple will not be using it to replace the Lightning connector on the iPhone 13, or indeed on any iPhone model for the time being. In a note seen by MacRumors yesterday,...
iphone 12 colors 2021

iPhone 12 Colors: Deciding on The Right Color

Thursday November 5, 2020 8:35 am PST by
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived in October 2020 in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both devices, as well as some popular classics. The 12 and 12 Pro have different color choices, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you might not be able to get your preferred model in that color. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone...
it home ecommerce app iphone 13

iPhone 13 to Launch on September 17, AirPods 3 on September 30, Claims Report

Wednesday August 25, 2021 2:42 am PDT by
Apple may be planning to launch the iPhone 13 on Friday, September 17 and third-generation AirPods on Thursday, September 30, according to an image of an e-commerce app discovered by Chinese language site IT Home. The screenshot, originally posted by Weibo account @PandaIsBald, suggests all four iPhone 13 models will go on sale on September 17, followed by the AirPods 3 on September 30....
youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
maroon5memories

Apple Collaborates With Maroon 5 to Add 'Memories' Song to Photos App

Wednesday September 25, 2019 12:02 pm PDT by
Apple has teamed up with Maroon 5 to add the group's new song "Memories" to the Memories feature in the Photos app, allowing it to be used for photo slide show creations, reports Billboard. "Memories" will be available as a soundtrack option for a limited time and it is available to iPhone and iPad users running the latest iOS 13 and iPadOS software. Memories in the Photos app are created ...
ulysses Blog Publishing

Ulysses 22 Brings New Blogging Options and Visual Customizations

Monday March 22, 2021 5:24 am PDT by
Popular writing app Ulysses today received its 22nd major release, introducing new publishing features and additional options for users to customize the visual appearance of their writing environment. As well as providing a focused writing environment, Ulysses offers ways to publish texts from within the app to various blogging platforms. Version 22 adds the ability to publish to Micro.blog, ...
affinity designer contour tool

Serif Updates Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher With New Tools and Functions

Thursday February 4, 2021 1:58 am PST by
Serif today announced across-the-board updates for its popular suite of Affinity creative apps, including Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and the Apple award-winning Affinity Publisher for Mac, all of which were among the first professional creative suites to be optimized for Apple's new M1 chip. "After another year which saw record numbers of people switching to Affinity, it's exciting to...