Apple shared the fourth pre-release beta for iOS 10 for the iPad, iPod and iPhone with registered developers on Aug. 1.
The latest iOS 10 beta has the build 14A5322e and adds an introductory screen which will explain the changes made to the Control Center.
The latest beta update comes nearly two weeks after Apple pushed out the third beta for iOS 10. According to the release notes, the update contains several enhancements and bug fixes.
The third iOS 10 beta — released on July 18 — also brought a slew of changes such as App Support setting for Siri, Taptic Engine behavior, alterations to the Activity, Health apps and more.
For those wondering what surprises the fourth beta for iOS 10 has in store for developers who are testing it out, it brings in its folds a revamped Control Center, which boasts a novel design and look. The Control Center has not only more music and media controls, but also offers quick access to the HomeKit accessories.
It seems that Apple, however, is of the belief that these new changes may not be easily observed by new users and, therefore, it has included a quick introductory screen that explains the changes made in the current beta.
So in beta 4, when a new user swipes the screen upward, iOS 10 will ask for acknowledgement if one is using the Control Center for the first time.
"iPhone Controls, Now Playing, and Home each have their own cards. Swipe to see each one," says the introduction.
The inclusion of this explanation has been made by Apple because when one sees the novel Control Center, at the outset it may seem the same as earlier. However, Apple has made some notable changes such as removing the controls for both media and music. These now have their own pane and can be accessed by the user with a swift swipe.
Apart from adding two panes for music and media, the Control Center in the upcoming software has been designed in such a manner so that it can take complete advantage of 3D Touch screen on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The pressure sensing tech can be used on the new Control Center to perform several activities such as set an alarm, adjust the brightness of the HomeKit bulbs or the flashlight.
The fourth iOS 10 beta update is now available for download for registered members of the public beta program from Apple, as well as developers. iOS 10 is poised to release this fall for the general public. iOS 10 will likely arrive in September, when Apple takes the wraps off the next-gen iPhone 7.
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