iOS 8 Beta 4 As A Daily Driver?

matthew2926

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Well, somebody had to start this thread...is beta 4 stable enough to be a daily driver? My personal opinion so far is yes but I want to hear what you guys think!
 

Yun0

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Jun 12, 2013
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yes

but i went back to 7.1.2 again, waiting on devs of transit 360 app to fix their crash after viewing a bus stop's routes, its usable still but i dont like the crash & i dont have a vehicle so..if an update was to come out tomorrow & fix that crash, id start using beta 4
 

moomanjohnny

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I think it is. I am running iOS Beta 4 on my iPod touch and Beta 4 on my

iPhone 5 and it doesn't have that many bugs. I have been using it as a "daily

driver" and it works almost exactly as 7.1.1 did, the animations are faster so it

feels faster. The speed and performance depends on what device you have,

the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 run iOS 8 with lag, so I went back to iOS 7, but if you

have an iPhone 5 or higher, iPod touch 5, iPad 3 or higher, I would recommend

using it. I have tested iOS 8 on iPod touch 5, iPad 2 and 3 and 4, iPhone 4s and

5. They all worked pretty good. Some apps do crash, but not as much as they

did in beta 1. So if you decide to update, make sure to backup your iDevice

through iTunes before updating, so if something goes wrong you can go back . :)

(remember iOS 8 Backups do not work on iOS 7)


Best of luck,
Johnny
 

vigilant

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Beta 3 started out good but had a lot of little bugs you'd notice through out the system.

Beta 4 seems to have fixed the bugs which the best I can say were Bluetooth related.

I've officially installed it on my wife's iOS devices, and not much to complain about just yet. Time will tell though.
 

zemaker

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As long as you don't use it to make phone calls, there is a lot less crashing compared to beta 3...however the Phone app for instance still freezes once in a while and you can't receive/place phone calls. I would not use it as my daily driver iOS device.
 

PsykX

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Gosh NO.

I can't say any beta has improved over the previous for me. At least in beta 3 I regained access to the LTE network... But I had to reboot my iPhone 5 at least 5 times today with beta 4, just doing casual stuff and a little bit of development.
 

taptic

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I have it on my iPad mini and it's running pretty smoothly. There are a couple glitches here and there, but nothing major so far.

The only thing that upsets me is the fact that photoshop touch still isn't working...
 

eastamherstbias

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I love this game.

No hold off for the Gold Master. Even if this version is a step forward. The next update may have a fatal bug.
 

Paddle1

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I think it is. I am running iOS Beta 4 on my iPod touch and Beta 4 on my

iPhone 5 and it doesn't have that many bugs. I have been using it as a "daily

driver" and it works almost exactly as 7.1.1 did, the animations are faster so it

feels faster. The speed and performance depends on what device you have,

the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 run iOS 8 with lag, so I went back to iOS 7, but if you

have an iPhone 5 or higher, iPod touch 5, iPad 3 or higher, I would recommend

using it. I have tested iOS 8 on iPod touch 5, iPad 2 and 3 and 4, iPhone 4s and

5. They all worked pretty good. Some apps do crash, but not as much as they

did in beta 1. So if you decide to update, make sure to backup your iDevice

through iTunes before updating, so if something goes wrong you can go back . :)

(remember iOS 8 Backups do not work on iOS 7)


Best of luck,
Johnny
The iPhone 4s and iPod Touch 5 have the same processor, it should run the same on both of them.
 

cschmelz

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Gosh NO.

I can't say any beta has improved over the previous for me. At least in beta 3 I regained access to the LTE network... But I had to reboot my iPhone 5 at least 5 times today with beta 4, just doing casual stuff and a little bit of development.
Some of the new apparent bugs in Beta 4 are a bit troubling. I tried to create a new contact out of a new SMS message (from a new number obviously) and that failed miserably (the Done button wasn't there despite reboots/etc)

Animations and Messages flow better and the app store works better but I have also had to reboot both my iPhone 5S and iPad Air several times since the update!
 

TouchMint.com

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It blows my mind there are this many bugs even in established apps (native ones). You would think since the code base has been set for years and there were no/minor changes that it wouldnt be that buggy but it is.

I guess that makes you think about all the work that goes into these if reworking just little things causes such instability.
 

Antgb84

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Seems okay here. No crashes or resprings. They did make something worse though instead for whatever reason like when quick replying to a message; can't type in numbers.
 

fardeenah

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its slow on my 4s , reverted back to 7.1.2. even the calculator loads takes 1 sec more to load and is noticable
 

Porsupah

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I'd say no. WiFi on the iPad Air still dies fairly frequently, and random restarts or app crashes occur a few times a day, where b3 was rather better - there, the main cause of reboots was the app switcher.

That said, it's still quite happily usable, just occasionally annoying.
 

VSMacOne

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Honestly, it's become my daily driver lately and beta 4 seems to be even more solid for me. Except that it broke Tweetbot Settings and animations are slower. But those are not deal breakers.
 

apollo1444

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I've never dropped from 100% to 89% battery in 25 minutes... this happened with beta 4...

the first 25 minutes were terrible it felt like a really old phone, on how slow the animations worked... I just couldn't believe how unpolished it is for a "beta 4" which is supposedly close to final version (5S)

went back to 7.1.2 and my jailbreak thanks but no thanks... this is not ready for prime time at all.
left my phone unplugged last night at 100% it is still at 100%
 

PsykX

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It blows my mind there are this many bugs even in established apps (native ones).
I totally get the same feeling. The Music App hasn't changed a bit in iOS 8 if we compare it to iOS 7, and yet it presents so many bugs and crashes. Even as a developer, I don't understand this.
 

VacTacks11

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It is.

Most of the bugs have been fixed. The apps that I rely on finally work properly without workarounds.

There are a few bugs still (the quick reply-bottom keyboard row bug stands out), but otherwise it's a pretty solid build.
 

imaginex20

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I've never dropped from 100% to 89% battery in 25 minutes... this happened with beta 4...

the first 25 minutes were terrible it felt like a really old phone, on how slow the animations worked... I just couldn't believe how unpolished it is for a "beta 4" which is supposedly close to final version (5S)

went back to 7.1.2 and my jailbreak thanks but no thanks... this is not ready for prime time at all.
left my phone unplugged last night at 100% it is still at 100%
That's how it is after an update. You have to give the phone a few hours or days because there are some background stuff going on, like indexing spotlight and what not. Ios beta 4 is much more stable.
 

PNutts

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Off topic: I suppose it's good to have a thread like this to keep the same question from cluttering up other threads, but... It seems lazy. Folks should read the threads and decide if <insert something broken here> makes it unusable for *you*. Folks that say it's fine as a daily driver, but it's not fine if you need <insert what must work here> and it doesn't. /soapbox