When Will iOS 7 Beta 4 Release and Beta 3 Expire? Downgrade To iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 on iPhone, iPad and iPod [How-To Tutorial]
When does iOS 7 Beta 4 release? iOS 7 Beta 3 released Monday, June 8, 2013 and though the date it's set to expire is still a couple weeks away, it is important to know when the exact expiration date is, as well as the time so that you aren't caught off guard. Many people are also wondering when iOS 7 Beta 4 will release, as well as how to downgrade iOS 7 beta 3, 2, or 1 to restore iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 on iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad, iPad Mini, and other devices capable of running Apple's latest firmware beta.
If you need to know how to downgrade from iOS 7 beta 3 to 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 on your iPad, iPhone, iPod or iPad Mini, scroll down to our simple tutorial how-to guide below.
When Does iOS 7 Beta 3 Expire? When Does iOS 7 Beta 4 Release?
Though it has been rumored that Apple's upcoming beta firmware release, iOS 7 Beta 4, was delayed due to Apple's dev site having recently been hacked, this may not be the case. The security issue which occurred last week led to a shut down of the Apple Developer website, and as a result, many assumed it is what they didn't see the next beta released this past Monday as they had hoped. In fact, even evad3rs team member @MuscleNerd, who created the evasi0n iOS 6 - 6.1.2 untethered jailbreak, tweeted as much. Interestingly though, he deleted the tweet soon after someone replied to him about the date we should really expect to see iOS 7 Beta 4. Here is what was revealed.
If you take into account Apple's past release dates, no one should have really expected the next Beta to arrive this past Monday, as history indicates the release date for iOS 7 Beta 4 may be Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Here is the reasoning behind that estimate:
In looking at the last release of iOS 6, one smart fellow, Will Hains, made up a chart that tracks those dates.
Here is what he found for the iOS 6 releases
If this same pattern of releases is true for iOS 7, then we would be looking at a release date of Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Now, there have been some other speculations that Beta 4 could arrive July 23 or July 25. Though, I'm still leaning towards Wednesday, July 24, 2013 as the release date, the honest truth is, none of us but Apple knows the day and the hour, we just hope maybe our speculations will be correct.
When Does iOS Beta 2 Expire? When Does iOS Beta 1 Expire?
iOS 7 Beta 3 was released on July 8, 2013 and it expires on August 29, 2013. However, for those who might possibly be on Beta 1 or 2 (can't imagine who, but let's not leave them out), there is still time to downgrade or upgrade to the next Beta if you like as iOS 7 Beta 1 expires Wednesday, July 24, 2013, while iOS 7 Beta 2 expires on August 8, 2013.
It is important to bear the expiration dates of these betas in mind for upgrade and downgrade purposes. As any iOS developer knows, if you neglect to upgrade your device to the next iOS 7 Beta or downgrade and restore to iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 prior to the expiration date, your device will enter recovery mode, rendering it unusable. Keep the dates in mind and upgrade or downgrade appropriately and you should be fine.
When and Where Can I Download iOS 7 Beta 4, 3 or 2?
Once the iOS 7 Beta 4 becomes available, we will be sure to post instructions and direct download links for installing the firmware on your iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad 2, 3,4, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
If you haven't had a chance to download and install the current iOS 7 Beta 3, click here for those instructions and links.
If you still want to give the previous iOS 7 Beta 2 a go, click here for those instructions and download links.
iOS 6 - 6.1.2 Untethered Jailbreak Users Be Warned
If you have an iOS 6 - 6.1.2 untethered jailbreak on your iPhone 5, 4S, iPads, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch installed, you need to keep one thing in mind. By installing the iOS 7 Beta 2, 3 or any upcoming beta, you will lose your jailbreak and there is no downgrading or restoring to iOS 6 - 6.1.2 or below.
For instructions to downgrade your iOS 7 Beta 3 to 6.1.3 or 6.14 check out our simple how-to guide below along with the helpful video from iDownloadBlog's Jeff Benjam. The same instructions can be used to downgrade the iOS Beta 2 or 1 to 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 also.
How To Downgrade iOS 7 Beta 3 to iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (Via iDownloadblog.com)
To downgrade your firmware from iOS 7 Beta 3 to iOS 6.1.3, do the following:
Step 1: Download the iOS 6.1.3 (or 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5) to your desktop from our downloads page.
Step 2: connect your iOS device running iOS 7 beta to your computer.
Step 3: open iTunes, select your device, and option+click (shift+click in Windows) on the Restore button.
Step 4: point to the firmware you downloaded in step 1.
Step 5: watch as your device restores back to iOS 6.1.3 successfully.
Note: Keep in mind that you may only downgrade to the latest publicly available firmware for iOS on an A5 device, even if you have SHSH blobs saved. For older devices like the iPhone 4, you may be able to downgrade to lesser firmware if you happen to have your SHSH blobs saved via Redsn0w. Instructions for downgrading to iOS 6 - 6.1.2 or below via Redsn0w can be found here.
About iOS 7: What's New In Beta 3, What to Expect In Beta 4
iOS 7 was first showcased Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer's Convention in Cupertino, CA on June 10. Apple's latest upcoming mobile operating system brings with it a number of notable changes including a visually distinct User Interface (UI) with redesigned apps, lock screen, homescreen, Safari and settings features including a new control center favored by power iOS users.
The new iOS is being critiqued and raved about more than any other iOS thus far. The biggest complaints for iOS 7 encompassed the drastic changes to app design (i.e. REALLY flat icons and skinny fonts) , slow transitions and short battery life, though improvements were reported in Beta 2 and 3. iPads and iPad Mini were included in testable device with the Beta 2 and new features were added such as iCloud keychain, Voice Memos, and answer-a-call buttons.
In Beta 3, after many complaints about the font by developers testing the new iOS, Apple's developers changed the font so that it is now thicker across many of the apps. Earlier most of the text was using Helvetica Neue Ultra Light. Now the change incorporates Helvetica Neue Regular instead. Here's a quick list of some other changes in iOS 7 Beta 3. There was also some redesign of the music App, and the Calendar now features grey dots where events are scheduled.
Probably one feature which was raved about the most in the iOS 7 Beta 3 was one we weren't really supposed to know about. A hidden settings menu was found within Beta 3 that showcases some ideas Apple must still be toying with. Features or "tweaks" such as the ability to put app folders inside other app folders, a pinch-to-close feature for folders, a corner or edge swipe gesture for rapidly switching between apps and more. For those who are familiar with the Jailbreak community or have even jailbroken their iPhones, iPad, or iPods, these possible new features probably sound pretty familiar to you as the mimic some popular jailbreak tweaks.
Though there is now way of knowing what to expect when the iOS Beta 4 releases, we hope that maybe we'll see more information about this hidden setting panel. Of course another hope is that the battery life of devices running the next Beta will also be increased. There were improvements made to battery life in Beta 3 so lets hope we'll see more in Beta 4.
Whatever the changes, we look forward to seeing what will be showcased when the next iOS 7 beta releases.
What are your favorite changes in iOS 7 thus far? What do you hope to see changed in upcoming Betas? Do you think iOS 7 Beta 4 will see a Wednesday, July 24 release date?
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