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

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.