iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Download Release Date Coming February 3?

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Jan, 16, 2014, 03:54 PM
iOS 7.1.1.
(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) The iOS 7.1.1 update has fixed battery life concerns and improved Touch ID accuracy, though it also features an email encryption bug and pass code issue, according to reports.

With iOS 7.1 Beta 3 out to developers and iOS 7.1's public release rumored for March, could iOS 7.1 Beta 4 become available for download on February 3?

A new report from Phones Review suggests an early-February release is in the cards for the 7.1 update based on the release dates of the previous downloads.

iOS 7.1 Beta 1 was unveiled on November 18, 2013, Beta 2 followed on December 13 and Beta 3 hit devices on January 7, 2014, meaning there was a 25-day span between each of the previous downloads. However, since February 1 is a Saturday, Phones Review suggests the release would instead fall on Monday, the 3rd.

While the report is purely speculation, the pattern between releases is interesting and certainly something to take note of if a Beta 4 version is necessary before the public version.

The Beta 3 update, like previous iOS 7 iterations, is available for the iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 and fifth-generation iPod touch.

iOS 7.1 beta 3 is packed new animations, new button shapes, a new bounce animation for Control Center and more.

The new update brings a darker FaceTime, Messages and Phone icons, a new Phone dialer, updated Repeat and Shuffle buttons, the option to disable parallax scrolling for wallpapers and a new Power Off UI, 9to5Mac reports. The phone calls screen features one of the most visible alterations in beta 3, including round green and red buttons at the bottom of the dialer and call-in-progress screens, Tech Crunch reports. The "Decline" call and "Accept" call buttons are now round buttons and the “Remind Me” and “Message” options are smaller, white icons.

Another interesting makeover included in the update is with the "Slide to power off" button, which now dims when the slide button is moved to the right.

At the end of the day, however, the biggest hope with the iOS 7.1 update is that will improve the bugs that are causing users' phones to freeze and, in some cases, restart.

Several iOS 7.1 beta releases should become available as developers sort out issues, according to Gotta Be Mobile. Then, a GM version will be released. The official 7.1 update will not likely hit consumer iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches until March, however, Mac Rumors reports.

The release notes for Beta 3 also indicate several known issues with iOS 7.1, suggesting that the update will take a bit more fine-tuning before it is ready for a public release.

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