iOS 14 Beta 4 – Don’t panic..

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

What's up guys my name is brandon and i've been using ios 14 beta 4 all week long on multiple devices and i wanted to give you guys an update on how it's been running so we're going to be taking a look at some additional new features and changes that were discovered after my what's new video i'm going to update you guys on the performance the battery life we're going to talk about some new bugs bug fixes and more all right we have a lot to cover so let's just go ahead and get into some of the additional new features and changes that i did not cover in my initial ios

14 beta 4 what's new video and the first thing is there's a couple of new changes inside of the music application so i'm just going to pull in beta 3 over here so i have beta 3 on the left beta 4 over here on the right and take a look at the download button up top the little cloud with the download arrow it's a little bit smaller here in this beta also on the right side of the song as you can see it is a little bit smaller and if we click on the download button you can see there

There's a difference as well so now we just get a red check mark whereas in beta 3 we got a gray check mark with the downloaded text next to it we also get a change to the add button up top so if you want to add this to your library up top you can see before in beta 3 it had a red background with white text that was in all caps and then here in beta 4 it's a little bit more simple looking and it's not in all caps so just some minor changes there inside of the music application we also

Get some minor changes to the glyphs inside of the weather application so take a look at the clouds and the lightning strikes here on beta 4 compared to beta 3 so we have more of like a flat look more of a modern look than we had over in beta 3. i actually really like the look of this you could also see that when the sun sets it's on the opposite side now so take a look at the forecast for friday you can see there that the sun is on the opposite side from where it was

In beta 3. so just some minor changes here to the glyphs inside of the weather application so i mentioned that we got the all-new shortcuts widget in beta 4 in my original video but i kind of just showed that it was a blank square there and at first i kind of thought it was a bug which i still think it is but the way to get a shortcut in there is to tap and hold on the shortcut and then go to edit widget and then you choose which shortcut you want to show up there

However i still think that's a bug i don't think apple intended this to be just completely blank a completely blank square so for now you just need to go ahead and hold on it edit widget and then select whatever widget or whatever shortcut you want to be in there and then you will see the shortcut show up another change in beta 4 is when we go to delete an application you'll see that we get some new verbiage so instead of saying delete instagram you can see now the main text says move instagram to app library or

Delete the app so you kind of get more context now as to what you're actually going to do with the application because some users could be confused by this since it is an all new feature so we get a little bit of different verbiage here you can see now it says move to app library instead of remove from home screen and also delete app instead of just delete so some minor changes there when you go to delete an application or move it to your app library we also get a couple of new

Splash screens in beta 4 so we got one for reminders then we got this one right here for notes so you can see it just says find that note and it kind of just shows off some of the new features in ios 14 like powerful search and new in this release it basically shows top hits which is also in the search so just a small little splash screen there added in this beta beta 4 also brings back the headphone glyph when airpods are paired up in the top at the status bar there next to the battery

You can see there that was removed in beta 3 but now when you have your airpods paired up and you're listening to music it will show up in the status bar and speaking of media a lot of people also started recently reporting that 4k video is just now showing up for them on their iphone and especially on the ipad so it seems like it was a slow rollout to be able to watch 4k videos in ios 14 on the youtube application so if you didn't see that before you may see that now in beta 4. and then

A change that i missed in beta 3 but i still wanted to cover it in this video is that in the find my iphone settings you'll see that enable offline finding is now find my network so that's been changed deep within the find my iphone settings and then i also noticed that the siri shortcuts widget here on the home screen seems to take less time to determine if you have that same application on the page so before it would take like five seconds or so but now it seems to happen instantly so some minor improvements to the series

Suggestions widget now i've also noticed some other fixes as well and one of them has to do with facetime so if you guys remember a couple videos back i talked about how facetime had a lot of major bugs i think mostly in beta 2 beta beta3 fixed some of them but i still had issues with facetime crashing there was a time where i literally could not hang up with the other person because i went into the picture-in-picture mode went into an application and then the

Screen just went black and i couldn't force close i couldn't do anything with facetime it was a extreme bug and it seems now that in beta 4 that facetime is pretty much fixed fully i've not had any issues using facetime over the past couple of days so thankfully a lot of those facetime bugs have been fixed now another bug that would absolutely drive me crazy had to do with bedtime so i told you guys about the bedtime feature in beta 3 how there was a time where i

Just could not unlock my phone actually not just one time this happened like maybe four or five times i could not unlock my phone when i woke up and bedtime was enabled i literally could not swipe up every time i tried to swipe up it would just kind of put forced me down you know didn't make me enter a passcode or anything i literally could not swipe up and i had to reboot my device so i've also not had that yet in beta 4 so i'm pretty sure that's also been fixed because i do use

That every day and i'm sure i would have noticed it by now also the clock widget has been fully fixed and it shows the correct time every single time now even after a reboot and i've seen some people say that theirs is still not fixed which is kind of confusing to me because it's fixed on all of my devices that i have beta 4 on so the iphone 11 pro the iphone 10s max the iphone 7 plus and my ipad the clock widget is fully fixed for

And it shows the correct time so not sure if you're still having that issue what the issue is but maybe you want to go ahead and just remove it and re-add it that should fix it for you because it's fully fixed for me here in this beta and then i also heard that a lot of people had an icloud messages bug fixed in beta 4 so if you downgraded or if you just had issues with icloud messages so messages in the cloud not showing up or not being able to fully download that's been fixed in beta

4 as well and as far as the widgets showing up blank i talked about that in my beta 4 what's new video how it would update you guys if anything's changed and luckily nothing has changed my widgets are working perfectly fine they've not shown up like full black or just empty one time i've been rebooted trying to you know make it do that and everything works fine with the widgets here in beta 4. so everything sounds good right well no because there are some new bugs in

Beta 4. now don't panic they're not the worst and i don't think you should downgrade right away but just hear me out just watch the full video so you guys fully understand everything so first off let me just show you some of these bugs so the first one is where an icon got really really big so take a look at this so this is the translate icon showing up really big this actually just happened to me today and i can't remember exactly what i was doing but for whatever reason the short the translate application shows up really

Really big here so that was a pretty funny bug but there are also some other ones that actually make a difference in how you use your phone every day and one of them has to do with messages so this is probably the most talked about or i guess the most commented issue that people are having with beta 4 is the messages application probably something that you use every single day so apparently a lot of people have it worse than me but messages has also been pretty bad for me here in

Beta 4 and it wasn't this way since beta 1. so it's overall just pretty sluggish and sometimes it will just freeze for like two to three seconds before i can even do anything inside the messages application i also have issues with predictive text now this isn't just for messages but i am typing here and i just wanted to mention it the predictive text just seems a little bit off here in beta 4 and it's really weird because i'll start typing something and then it'll show up words that i've

Like never used before and that's definitely a bug and sometimes it will just like replace the word that i'm typing it's like a common word like maybe i don't know let's i can't even type that but sometimes it would just replace it with something completely random that would not make any sense in that sentence context so just some issues with predictive text here in beta 4 but like i said i have seen a lot of people report issues with messages here in beta 4 so just be aware of that now another bug that i

Noticed is that when you go to the messages and you tap this little i right here and you see the information for that person i recognize how you cannot press call from here so i believe this is a bug this didn't happen in previous versions so you can you know facetime you can send an email you can view info but for whatever reason the call button is grayed out now another bug that i've seen a lot of people mention with beta 4 is that instagram just constantly crashes and for me i've not had any crashes so far with

Instagram so i'm not really sure what's going on with some of these people because like i said i use instagram every single day you know i'm in messages i'm going in and out of messages i'm watching stories i'm posting i have multiple accounts i'm doing everything possible inside the instagram application that would cause it to crash and it has not crashed on me once but a lot of people out there are saying that their instagram is crashing

So that's one thing to be aware of now that's expected in a beta i mean that's definitely part of the beta process you're going to have applications that crash so you really can't be complaining about apps crashing because that's just part of the beta process but i did just want to mention instagram crashing as one of the bugs here in beta 4. there's also a pretty strange bug in beta 4 where it shows double the applications showing up inside of folder so somebody sent this to me over

On instagram so if you guys want to send over videos like screen shares of actual bugs in ios 14. i would appreciate that just because i don't encounter all these bugs you guys need to tell me you know things that you may be running into as well so this is the little screen recording he sent me so you can see that he has two folders down in the bottom and when he zooms in on these folders you'll see that there are like two of the exact same applications showing up

In that folder so he zooms in there you can see i guess it's adblock and it looks like that piff so they're both showing up twice there in the folder preview but when you open up the folder there is just one of the applications so that's another little minor bug here in beta 4 that i would assume is going to be fixed in beta 5. so yeah it seems like there's definitely more bugs added in beta 4 than fixed from beta 3. so that's a perfect segue into talking about the performance of

Ios 14 beta 4. so in terms of raw performance like excluding the bugs and the app crashes and things like that it's excellent i mean it's definitely better than beta 3 and any previous beta we saw that from the geekbench scores and just how well games play but there seems to be more bugs in beta 4 than in beta 3 so it might feel a little less stable overall when using the phone every single day now don't panic like i

Said things will get better and none of these are really like things that break your phone or make it unusable so i don't want everybody to just hear these bugs and just panic and think you know it's the worst thing ever they need to downgrade i think a lot of people forget that this is a beta so just keep that in mind and if you did hold off on updating i would continue holding off until beta 5 but once again i don't think things are bad enough in beta 4

To downgrade your main device i mean like i said this is a beta and a lot of people just don't understand that or what it means or they just forgot i don't know but don't panic things will get better we'll have plenty more betas to come and we could even be switching to a one-week cycle very soon which we'll be talking about here in a moment so now let's talk about the battery life and battery life on the other hand has actually been pretty good for me

Now it's practically the same as beta 3 but i have noticed about a three to four percent increase in my screen on and screen off combined time on a full 100 charge so i mean that equates to maybe 10 to 15 extra minutes of battery life it's really not that noticeable unless you really track it like i do throughout the week but it does seem like the battery life is not worse at least here in beta 4. now of course that's just my experience but

I am using this on multiple devices i tested it on every device for at least one day this week but as always some are saying that battery life got better some are saying that it got worse it's always a mixed bag with every single beta of course that will depend on how you use your device and there will be the anomaly of just somebody having bad battery life but just know that will be fixed eventually apple does usually wait until the later betas

To start tweaking the battery life and maybe even like 14.1 or something down the road so i would not get too upset at the battery life yet and overall battery life isn't really that much worse than the final versions of ios 13 like 13.6 so i really don't think it's too much to complain about right now at least not for any of my devices but enough talking about me and my devices let's take a look at what you guys had to say in the youtube community poll so as i

Always do i asked you guys how has ios 14 and beta 4 been for you so far and you can see here that 11 said excellent no annoying bugs 24 said good seven percent said decent three percent said terrible and 54 said they're not on ios 14 yet now this is a nice little improvement from the previous beta beta 3. so you can see there excellent is still at 11 however the good went up by 1 to 24 from 23 and the decent went up to 7 from 5 and the terrible is at three from two

So there's not as many votes yet there's about half the votes so not really sure if those can be compared but you can see that's everybody's experience so far so now let's take a look at some of these comments now the first thing that somebody commented with the most thumbs up are some common issues that i pretty much already covered in this video instagram crashes randomly clock widget is still messed up keyboard misplaced which the keyboard i've not had any issues in beta 4 but

That was a major issue in beta 3 and then of course battery drains is always going to be one of the top complaints no matter what version or what beta you're on and i also wanted to briefly talk about the battery life here because i asked specifically if battery life has been better or worse for you and you can see here some people are saying worse some people are saying way better some people are saying it's like the best they've ever had and you can kind of just read through here much better on iphone 11

Worse about the same better better significantly better better same here and you can see there's quite a mixed bag of results there cod mobile isn't working it's crashing so this is one thing also that a lot of people have talked to me about cod mobile does not work in beta 4. of course they will have to update their application for that to continue working also a lot of people have asked me about pokemon go i don't think pokemon go is going to be

Working until ios 14 the final release is out in at least a couple of months from now so don't get your hopes up for that irman here said that notifications randomly become large when i'm playing minecraft and they also sometimes slide to the left on my iphone 10r so not sure at all what he's talking about there but apparently it happened in ios 13 as well imessage crashes every other time i open it and the camera app will sometimes never open and focus to get a shot now

The camera app not focusing i have heard people talk about that i've not experienced this myself but that is an issue that some people are facing there as well brent here says the ios 14 beta 4 is running perfectly on his 2020 iphone se it seems like eight people also agree with that so some people might be jumping the gun and leaving these comments really early because see here somebody said at first it was a buggy mess but over the course of a couple days it became very fluid and

Stable the super relax said that got it access completely froze his iphone he had to force restart it but a lot of bugs are fixed there you can see here cheese touch said that youtube isn't as buggy as it was but i've experienced some crashes like on twitch or instagram here or there and you guys can go ahead and read through all the comments i can't read through every single one of them on this video but i did read through every single one of them before recording this video so if you guys are interested or if you

Just want to add in your thoughts there you could do so in the community tab as always now let's talk about a potential release date for ios 14 beta 5. so since we're on beta 5 this is around the time the apple likes to switch to a one week release cycle instead of waiting two weeks between betas now is around the time when they switch to a new beta every single week now ios 14 is pretty stable for the most part so there's a chance that they don't switch to one week this

Early but there is also a good chance that they do but once again it's apple we really never know what to expect but if i had to take a guess i would think that we would get beta 5 next week so the week of the 10th i would think maybe on the 12th would be when we get beta 5. but of course if it does not come on the 12th or the week of the 10th then it will come the following week the week of the 17th likely on the 19th to be exactly either one or two weeks from the release of

Beta 4. but as always make sure you guys are following me over on twitter and then also be in the discord chat as well that's when you'll always be notified when a new beta comes out before i make a video here on youtube so yeah there you have it guys that is my follow-up review on ios 14 beta 4. i hope you guys did enjoy it if you did i would appreciate giving this video a thumbs up and of course make sure you guys subscribe so you don't miss all the content coming on ios 14 beta 5 and every future

Ios 14 beta but anyways guys thanks again for watching and i'll see you soon you

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