Apple has released Beta 4 for their devices for developers, but they haven’t shared any details about the new features or changes that come with the latest Beta. The company usually releases the Public Beta version shortly after the developer updates. Developers can register in the Beta program to test the newest version of the OS by heading over to the Apple Developer Center. Developers must have an Apple ID associated with their developer account and install the Beta.

The purpose of these betas is to allow developers to test the new software and their apps. The company gathers feedback to work on its OS before public release. We don’t recommend users install Beta on their primary device. Instead, we advise using secondary or non-essential hardware to test beta software. Beta doesn’t mean the final version, and it could contain bugs or other issues that can affect the device’s performance or result in data loss.

Apple periodically releases new versions of the OS for iPhone, iPad, and other devices that usually include new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements before releasing the new version to the general public. Ensure you have at least 50% battery life before installing the latest Beta version on your device.

It’s also important that users perform a complete backup of their device. The new version has just become available, and as more testers use the software, they may become aware of any different or new features in the software and share the information with others about new features or changes, despite the company not sharing a complete changelog.

iOS 16.5 and iPad 16.5 Beta 4

Apple has released the 4th Beta of iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 to registered developers in Apple’s Beta Testing program. Beta testers can test features and optimizations for general users before the stable release. Developers can install iOS 16.5/ iPadOS 16.5 directly on their devices. To test the Dev, follow the below instructions for the registered developer Beta tester.

  • Open Device Settings and head over to General.
  • From there, tap on Software update; from there, download and install to install the Dev version.

The update will start rolling out gradually and will be available to everyone within the next few hours. The update comes with a build 20F5059a. This version doesn’t bring significant changes or updates. Additionally, this version has a new Screen recording that can be activated using Siri, and there is a New Sports tab in the Apple News app. There is also an updated multi-viewing option for sports content and more.

The company may release the stable version to the general public this month. There are a lot of things to refine and polish the OS for which Apple’s continued testing process. This is a public beta, meaning non-developers can check out this new version. The company aims to improve the user experience, and they are already working on iOS 17, which is expected to be announced at WWDC next month.

WatchOS 9.5, tvOS 16.5, HomePod Beta

The fourth testing version of tvOS 16.5 and WatchOS 9.5 allows developers to download and test on their devices through the Apple Developer Center or by updating them to the latest version. The build number for WatchOS 9.5 is Build 20T5560a, while tvOS 16.5 and HomePod have Build 20L5559a.

This Beta was launched one week after the third tvOS 16.5 Beta, which can be updated by downloading a profile on Apple TV using XCode. This update focuses on minor internal bug fixes and improvements rather than notable outward-facing changes. As for the watchOS 9.5 update, it can be downloaded using the Apple Watch app on iPhone. To do so, head over to General and tap on Software Update. From there, download and install to upgrade to the latest version.

Users can test the pre-release version of the software that is made available to a selected group of people for testing purposes before it is officially released to the public. Developers can test the Beta version on their device, which is compatible with the new software update. The new update allows you to watch more than one game at a time with multi-view support on your Apple TV app.

The previous version of watchOS was updated with AFiB (atrial fibrillation) history tracking in some regions, including Colombia, Malaysia, Moldova, Thailand, and Ukraine. Additionally, a Wake-up alarm is designed to prevent accidental silence by ensuring that a specific “Cover-to-mute” gesture doesn’t accidentally activate.

macOS Ventura 13.4 beta 4

The company has also updated its macOS Ventura 13.4 Build 22F5059b, an incremental update over Build 22F5049e. Additionally, the company has released two Beta Operating systems to Macs: Release Candidate followed by macOS 11.7.7 Release Candidate 4 and macOS Monterey 12.6.6 Release Candidate 4. The company usually releases the RC as the final version before Apple releases it to developers for testing before making it public.

As we mentioned, RC is the final version, so the RC version is usually tested for stability and performance before its last release. This is currently available to registered developers for testing purposes, as the Beta was released one week after the third beta version. To download the macOS Ventura 13.4 Beta 4, the update will be available in the Software Update in system settings on the Mac without requiring a profile installation.

Other Beta 4

Apple has also released some other Apple betas alongside iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 Beta 4 for developers to test several new beta versions.

  • macOS Monterey 12.6.6 beta

Under the hood, there are several changes made with updated new features or improvements to the existing features of iOS. Developers can download the profile from the Apple Developer Portal.