Wait for iOS 16 Beta 4 Now the Longest Since iOS 6

iOS 16 beta testers have now waited longer for the fourth developer beta version than any new full iOS release since iOS 6 and iOS 7.

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The minor landmark, highlighted on Reddit, was hit when Apple did not release the fourth beta version of ‌iOS 16‌ yesterday. In 2012 and 2013, both iOS 6 and iOS 7's betas were in their third version for 21 days, the same as ‌iOS 16‌'s third developer beta as of today.

If the fourth beta version of ‌iOS 16‌ is not released later today, ‌iOS 16‌'s third beta version will become the longest ever ".0" third beta of its kind. Regardless of exactly when the fourth beta version is seeded to developers and public beta testers, it is highly likely to occur sometime this week.

Most indications suggest that the development of ‌iOS 16‌ has not been quite as smooth as recent years, with beta releases often not conforming to the patterns that have come to be expected of Apple based on previous years. Earlier this year, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman speculated that the beta versions could be running behind since internal seeds are currently a "bit buggy."

As rumored, ‌iOS 16‌'s public beta version was late this year. ‌iOS 16‌'s public beta became available on July 11, over two weeks later than the equivalent timeframe for iOS 15's first public beta last year.

Initial betas are often riddled with bugs that need to be fixed, which is why Apple goes through a months-long beta testing period before the updates are officially released to all device owners in September. Apple often recommends beta testers run the new software on a secondary device due to these issues.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16

Top Rated Comments

MrPaperTrain Avatar
3 weeks ago
I’m unsure what’s more painful:
1. The fact that I’ve read this article
2. The fact it’s be written in the first place
3. The fact I’m bothering to comment on this post

It’s a slow day for everyone involved…
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
3 weeks ago
Take your time. Work out the kinks. No rush.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nortonandreev Avatar
3 weeks ago
I would argue with what is written in the article. iOS 16 betas so far have been the most stable ones in years, with Beta 3 being of a production quality to me (excluding what is listed as known issues on Apple's website and some edge cases - in general, I have not had issues with it).

Apple releasing DB3 as PB1 makes more sense to me, both as a developer and a user. It also happened within the first half of July which aligns with what Apple promised.

The major issues I have been experiencing are with Safari on macOS Ventura and the Music app (which is already better in Beta 3) on macOS , but these two apps have always had ton of bugs and stability issues on macOS for me.

With that said, I am pretty happy with the beta releases of the new major updates this year and I think Apple is defo doing much better software quality wise, compared to the last year.

Which doesn't mean I'm not hoping for Beta 4! ?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jarman92 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Fine with me, DB3 has been rock solid so far.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
3 weeks ago
I have a good feeling about beta being dropped today.

Hopefully, today is the day we see a new beta being released. Fingers are crossed. ??
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DC Wallaby Avatar
3 weeks ago
Honestly, I have forgotten numerous times that I’m even running the iOS 16 public beta on my iPhone. I can count the number of issues I’ve run into on one hand. It’s pretty darn solid. Heck, there are general releases of iOS software that are buggier than this first-round public beta.

Now that I say this, Beta 4/Public Beta 2 is probably going to break more stuff and make me eat my words. ?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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