After a lengthy downtime for its developer site, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released iOS 7 beta 4, according to Zack Epstein of BGR. It’s been about three weeks since Apple released iOS 7 beta 3, which is pretty normal in terms of time between beta releases. Developers are now able to update to iOS 7 beta 4 starting right away.

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iOS 7 beta 4 links leaked early

9to5 Mac reported earlier today that some alleged download leaks for the new iOS 7 beta were leaked early. Mark Gurman notes that the alleged links bring up a message saying, “Your session has expired.” Incorrect links to the iOS 7 beta should show an “Accessed denied” message.

According to AppAdvice, the previous iOS beta update 4 featured a new app download animation, some sort of change to the keyboard in Safari and the elimination of an animation which shows that the device’s battery is charging. Not too many major updates were expected with today’s iOS beta update, but Apple still has plenty of bugs to eliminate before the operating system will be ready to roll out to the general public.

Two more iOS 7 releases expected

BGR also reported today that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will release two more updates to iOS 7 before it releases the gold master version early in September. If this does happen, then the timing of the next iPhone appears to point to a mid to late September release, as some have said recently.

Gurman of 9to5Mac reported that a source told him last week that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is almost to the point of reaching an initial gold master 1 candidate. He said basically this means that the version has no critical bugs left in it, although that wouldn’t be the final iOS 7 version that would be released publicly. When developers finally get the gold master later, Apple will have fixed numerous other bugs and critical errors.