iOS 8.4 Beta 3 Released for Developer & Public Beta Testing

May 11, 2015 - 4 Comments

iOS 8.4

Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 8.4 for testing, arriving as build 12H4098c. The new release is available for both public beta testers and registered iOS developers, and runs on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models which support iOS 8.

The simplest way to download iOS 8.4 beta 3 is through the on-device Over the Air mechanism available from Software Update. The OTA update is fairly small. Users can also opt to download the release firmware for their appropriate device from the iOS Developer Center website.

It should be noted that iOS 8.4 for Public Beta users is versioned as Public Beta 2, whereas iOS 8.4 for developers is versioned as Beta 3, nonetheless, they are the same version and share the same build number.

iOS 8.4 beta 3

iOS 8.4 seems primarily focused on a redesigned all-new Music app, which brings a new user interface and some new features to the media player on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The redesigned Music app is shown on an iPad in the video below, courtesy of MacRumors:

Presumably iOS 8.4 will also include other small feature improvements, bug fixes, and other enhancements to the mobile operating system.

Though it’s mostly speculative, the final version of iOS 8.4 may arrive at the Apple WWDC event, which begins June 8. Currently, the most recent version of iOS available to all users remains iOS 8.3.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Kurt says:

    Redesigning Music app… for what?

  2. jbob says:

    I think it was much better a few iterations ago! I find it confusing now.

  3. Obscure says:

    Apple’s hardware = World Class.
    Apple’s software = poorly thought out junk.

    I have stopped using iCloud. It’s misery. I have stopped using iTunes where ever possible. Pages? Forget it. Even Microsoft Word, which has been a kind of dog on iOS, is far better than Pages.

    Why? Apple has tried to “simplify” everything to the point of dumb. What’s left is absurdly complicated. The complicatedness, the lack of reliability, the corporate think evidenced in format bias. We need FLEXIBILITY: for example, it will be fine when Apple stops treating PDF files as toxic waste. Regardless of what Apple thinks I *should* be using, I want MP3’s at least as an *easy* to use option. As it is getting anything done on iOS is arduous and toy-like. It is not a professional grade tool.

    Re-doing the Music app? Really?! Apple needs to redo their apps instead of prettying up. Apple *could* put some of their extraordinary cash to make productivity software as good as their world-class hardware.

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