iOS 7 beta 4 drops with updated lock screen, Notification Center and Phone buttons

Summary:After a slight delay from its two-week cadence, Apple has released a new beta of the forthcoming iOS to developers.

Apple releases iOS 7 beta 4 with updated lock screen, Notification Center and Phone buttons - Jason O'Grady

Apple today released iOS 7 beta 4 to developers after a longer than usual delay between builds believed to be the result of a security breach which brought the Developer Center offline for 8 days. 

Beta 4, labeled as build 11A4435d, comes exactly 21 days after the release of beta 3. A week later than iOS 7 betas 2 and 3 which were released every two weeks like clockwork.

The new beta release includes a number of enhancements and changes, including a redesigned lock screen, improvements to Notification Center and a cancel button on the search screen according to MacRumors.

  • The lock screen contains a new Slide to Unlock icon and animation which make it slightly more obvious. It also includes new bar icons to expose Notification Center and Control center. 
  • Notification Center now supports swiping left and right to switch between Today, All and Missed. There is also a new notification for completed uploads.
  • Perhaps the most immediately visible changes are to the Phone app, including refined Answer, End, Decline, Remind Me and Message buttons.
  • Another new feature is the ability to set up a completely new Apple TV from an iPhone running iOS 7.

Other news features in iOS 7 beta 4, including changes to Siri, Mail and Messages, are being tracked at MacRumors.

Topics: Apple, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Software Development

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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