Just a few days ago, we learned that the release date for iOS 8 beta 4 could be Monday, July 28th. The report briefly mentioned that Apple could bump ahead the release by one week, however, and that now appears to be the case. According to BGR, iOS 8 beta 4 is now slated for release on Monday, July 21st.
It is important to note that BGR has a mixed track record at reporting on iOS beta releases. While they have accurately predicted the date and time for a number of betas, they have also missed the mark on at least a few occasions. As such, treat this report with a proverbial grain of salt.
The date does align with Apple’s typical release cycle for iOS betas, with each new version seeded about two to three weeks following the previous one on average. We’ve attached this chart from Thinky Bits again to provide a visual look at how many days typically fall between beta releases.
Apple released the first iOS 8 beta in early June, followed by iOS 8 beta 2 after 15 days. iOS 8 beta 3 was seeded nearly three weeks later, and has now been available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for over a week.
iOS 8 betas are pre-release software intended for developers to test app performance and compatibility ahead of the public release in the fall.
If the iOS 8 beta 4 release date proves true, we should see the update roll out around 1:00 PM Eastern at the start of next week. When the update drops, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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