Top 5 Stories This Week: iOS 7 beta 4 release date, iPhone 5S production confirmed, next iPad mini, and more!

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This week’s top 5 stories are split pretty evenly between rumors regarding software and rumors regarding hardware. iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks make an appearance, but so do the next-gen iPad mini and the iPhone 5S. This part of the year is one of the only times such a split usually happens, and that’s because we’re stuck in a very in-between time right now. Apple’s next round of iPhones is close on the horizon, but not yet announced. And at the same time, the public has been given a taste of the next gen software, but hasn’t gotten hands on it yet. Seeing as the next version of iOS launches publicly at the same time as the next gen iPhone, it’s only natural for speculation about both to go together.

Check out exactly what these rumors are claiming below! As always, headlines are links to the original articles if you want to read more in depth.

1. iOS 7 beta 4 likely to come July 22

If the fourth beta of iOS 7 follows the 2-week cycle that the first three have, then the software should launch for registered developers on Monday, July 22. Fingers crossed it’s better on the iPad than beta 3 has been!

2. Next iPad mini will be thinner, ‘S’ upgrade, 2014 model to be bezel-free design with Retina

According to DigiTimes, the 2013 iPad mini will be more of an ‘S’ generation upgrade with a thinner design and some minor improvements. If you’re waiting for a Retina display, though, you’ll have to wait until 2014. Well, if this report is true, that is.

3. Rumors of iPhone 5S production ‘confirmed,’ September seen as likely release date

According to AllThingsD, Apple has indeed begun production of the iPhone 5S in preparation for a launch most likely set some time in September. Of course, with Apple’s yearly iPhone refreshes, it makes sense that the company has begun production.

4. Kyle’s Top 5: New features in OS X Mavericks

Kyle has been spending a good amount of time with OS X Mavericks, Apple’s latest update to its massively popular computer operating system. Check out his favorite new features.

5. Control Center app for Android lands in Play Store, mimics iOS 7′s best feature

There are countless iOS jailbreak apps and themes that bring something of the Android experience to our iPhones. A new app does just the opposite for Android users, bringing iOS 7′s super cool Control Center to Google’s mobile OS.

 

 

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