When will Apple be releasing the next update to iOS? We’ve been tracking progress of the various iOS 7.1 betas for months now, seeing Apple release beta 2 in December, and beta 3 just two weeks ago. Rumors have suggested that a final release could still be quite a way’s off, with distribution not hitting the public until sometime in March. It remains to be seen if we’ll really be waiting that long, but for the moment, Apple appears that it might be speeding up the timetable between these betas, with word that a new one is just about to drop.

At least, developers may soon have the chance to dive in to iOS 7.1 beta 4, with rumors suggesting that Apple’s already made it available to carrier partners, and devs everywhere should be getting their own hands on it quite soon. Following the release of beta 4, Apple’s predicted to hit another couple betas before iOS 7.1 is finalized.

What’s new in beta 4? Well, as it hasn’t it devs yet, we’re a bit limited so far as availability of that information goes, but from the sound of things this one is focused on bugfixes: from the keyboard, to the contacts app, to some nasty memory allocation bugs, this release attempts to tidy things up. We should also get some UI tweaks, as have been trickling out slowly in other betas thus far.

Update: Well that was fast; iOS 7.1 beta 4 is now available for developers.

Source: BGR

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