What's new on iOS 17 Beta 4?

Emre Çitak
Jul 27, 2023

iOS 17 Beta 4 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, and it includes a number of new features and improvements.

Prioritizing user comfort, Apple has brought many innovations with this update. Now iPhone and iPad owners will be able to enjoy a refreshed and upgraded mobile experience.

Let's take a closer look at what iOS 17 Beta 4, which was released on July 26, offers to users.

iOS 17 Beta 4
iOS 17 Beta 4 includes a number of new features and improvements together with minor bug fixes

What's new in iOS 17 Beta 4?

iOS 17 Beta 4 is just one step in Apple's ongoing effort to provide users with the ultimate experience. With each new beta release, Apple is adding new features and improvements that make iOS more powerful, more versatile, and more secure.

Overhauled camera and Photos app

The Camera and Photos apps have been updated with new icons in iOS 17 beta 4. The Camera icon has been changed from a shutter button to a traditional camera glyph, and the Photos icon no longer shows the most recent picture taken.

Cash, where it appears, now has a black circular background.

Take action with the brand new Action button

In iOS 17 beta 4, users can now customize the Action button. The Action button is a new button that is located on the left side of the iPhone's lock screen. It can be used to quickly access a variety of features, such as:

  • Accessibility
  • Shortcuts
  • Silent Mode
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Focus
  • Magnifier
  • Voice Memos

In iOS 17 beta 4, users can choose which of these features they want to appear on the Action button.

iOS 17 Beta 4
iOS 17 Beta 4 is still under development, so it is possible that some of these features may change before the final release

Lively interactions with Live Text

Live Text is a new feature in iOS 17 beta 4 that allows users to copy and paste text from images.

This is done by simply tapping on a piece of text in an image, and then selecting the "Copy" option. The text will then be copied to the clipboard and can be pasted into any other app.

NameDrop toggle

Apple has included a "Start Sharing By" section in the AirDrop settings menu. This section has a toggle called "Bringing Devices Together" which can be used to manually turn off NameDrop.

NameDrop is a new feature in iOS 17 that enables users to exchange contact information by holding their iPhone near another person's iPhone or Apple Watch. Prior to iOs 17 Beta 4 update, there was no way to turn off NameDrop.

Modernized Apple TV Remote

Apple has made a small change to the Apple TV Remote button in Control Center.

It now shows a black circle to represent the click wheel, and the Standby button that used to be in the top-right corner has been removed.

iOS 17 Beta 4
To install iOS 17 Beta 4, you need to have a compatible device and be enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program

Of course, this article is just a small summary of notable features. iOS 17 Beta 4 came with many minor changes and bug fixes. You can read all the changes on the Apple Developer site using this link.

How to get iOS 17 Beta 4

If you are interested in trying out iOS 17 beta 4, you can download it from Apple's Developer website.

However, it is important to note that beta software is not intended for everyday use. It is still under development, and there may be bugs and other problems.

If you decide to install iOS 17 beta 4, be sure to back up your device before you do so.


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

  6. makapav said on September 25, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    This should have been an open standard that works across laptops, OSes, and phones. I doubt it will be though and we will just have to wait until the EU drops the hammer in 8-10 years ?

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