News: Apple Releases iOS 12.3 Beta 4 for iPhone to Developers

Apple Releases iOS 12.3 Beta 4 for iPhone to Developers

If you're an iOS software developer, get excited, as Apple just pushed out iOS 12.3 dev beta 4 today, Monday, April 29. The new beta update comes exactly one week after iOS 12.3 dev beta 3 was released.

Based on Apple's release notes, it appears 12.3 beta 4 a very minor update. In fact, it simply fixes an issue where 12.3 wouldn't install on devices with previous iOS version. That said, it's likely beta 4 introduces bug fixes for issues that have popped up over the last three betas, problems Apple might not even highlight in the published release notes.

While 12.3 as a whole hasn't been the most exciting iPhone OS, it did introduce us to Apple TV Channels, in addition to a handful of bug fixes for issues found throughout this beta cycle.

Check out the full release notes for 12.3 beta 4 below:

General: Resolved Issues

Resolved an issue that prevented iOS 12.3 from being installed
on devices running previous iOS versions.
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Accessibility: Resolved Issues

The Accessibility Events switch was removed, because related
aspects of the W3C AOM effort are no longer applicable. (49784417)
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Date and Time: New Features

Support for the Reiwa (令和) era of the Japanese calendar, which
begins on May 1, 2019, is now available. The first year of
Japanese-calendar era is represented as  “元年” (“Gannen”)
instead of “1年”, except in the shorter numeric-style formats
which typically also use the narrow era name; for example:
“R1/05/01”. (27323929)
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Date and Time: Resolved Issues

Resolved an issue that caused unexpected behavior while changing
the system time ahead to May 1 when using a device with the
system language and calendar set to Japanese. (49371044)

To download and update your iPhone to iOS 12.3 dev beta 4, you'll first need to be a registered developer with a valid configuration profile. If you have iOS 12's "Automatic Updates" enabled, you can let the software update overnight. To install right away, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update –> Download and Install, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

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