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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, nearly a month after seeding the third iOS 8.4 beta and almost two months after launching the first iOS 8.4 beta. iOS 8.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of iOS 8.3. Today's beta is the third that public beta testers have received.

Today's beta update, build 12H4125a, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center.


iOS 8.4 beta 4's release notes still include a number of lingering issues with the new Music app that will need to be resolved before the software can be released to the public. Problems include an inability to use Siri with iTunes Radio, issues with AirPlay streaming, a lack of station sharing, and more.

iOS 8.4's major feature is an all-new Music app that includes a revamped look, as seen in the walkthrough video below. The Music app's new design shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and it offers a new MiniPlayer with a redesigned look for "Now Playing." There are personalized playlists, global search capabilities that make it easier to search within the Music app, and a streamlined design for the radio feature to bolster music discovery.

iOS 8.4's redesigned Music app comes ahead of the debut of Apple Music, which was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. The upcoming streaming music service is similar to Apple's existing Beats music service, but it's been renamed and deeply integrated into the Music app.

We will see the public release of both the new music service and iOS 8.4 on June 30.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 8.4 Beta With Revamped Music App to Developers and Public Beta Testers


macrumors 604
Oct 5, 2008
I may switch to this Beta. The battery life on iOS 9 Beta is terrible on my iPhone 6. I was getting pretty normal battery life on 8.4 Beta 3. And, yes, I know, the battery life is expected to the bad on iOS 9. Lol.


Oct 12, 2014
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Public beta as well

Edit: I just realized that this is Public Beta 3, whereas the developers have a fourth beta. Do they have the same content, or is the public beta behind in features?

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Public beta is typically a "number" behind because devs get it a build sooner than public. But the two are usually the same. Public 1 is always the same a dev 2, and so on.
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macrumors regular
Oct 24, 2008
Does the music app have the Apple Music stuff in it in this beta? If it does, i'm guessing it wouldn't be functional, but still...


macrumors 6502
Oct 22, 2013
All mentions of iTunes Match seem to be missing.

Instead I see iCloud Music Libary under the Music section in
Is the new iCloud Music Libary basically the same toggle with a new name for iTunes Match?
However, on Apple Music website Q&A it says
Does Apple Music work with iTunes Match?

Yes. Apple Music and iTunes Match are independent but complementary.


macrumors 6502
Nov 3, 2012


macrumors newbie
Oct 28, 2014
The question is what does complementary mean?

I assume that there is no need to have iTunes Match if you end up paying for Apple Music.
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