When the developer beta of iOS 13 is in full swing, it's easy to forget that iOS is still running a completely separate beta cycle. Yes, iOS 12.4 is still in beta and, unlike iOS 13, is open to the public for testing. This latest update (12.4 Beta 4) is currently only available to developers.
This fourth beta update comes exactly two weeks after the release of iOS 12.4 Beta 3. This beta update did not contain any noticeable changes or features. Beta 4 seems to be following, with no significant impact on the iOS 12.4 experience. We'll only hear it when Apple releases the release notes, even though the company chose to skip the beta 3 release notes.
- The iOS 12.2 SDK supports the development of iOS apps for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices running iOS 12.4. The SDK ships with Xcode 10.2.1, available on the Mac App Store. For Xcode 10.2.1 compatibility requirements, see the Xcode 10.2.1 Release Notes.
- There are no SDK release notes for this software update.
Do not worry, public testers This update is intended for developers only. Your update will be released shortly. Apple generally releases public beta only hours after the developer beta, unless catastrophic bugs are detected. We expect that 12.4 Public Beta 4 will arrive around 16:00. ET (1 PM PT).
Apple's upcoming software update appears to have been developed solely to support the upcoming Apple Card credit card. However, the Apple Pay-enabled payment method is not quite finished yet. If you're not one of the lucky few who are testing the card, you'll probably have to wait for the release of iOS 12.4 and Apple Card to get it going.
To download and update your iPhone on iOS 12.4 dev beta 4, you must first be a registered developer with a valid configuration profile. If you have iOS 12 "Automatic Updates" turned on, you can have the software updated overnight. To instantly install, start the Settings app, choose General, and then Software Update. Tap on "Download and install" and follow the instructions on the screen.
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