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On Monday, Apple updated its betas of all four of its platforms for developers, making a second beta of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2 for the fourth-generation Apple TV, and watchOS 2.2 for the Apple Watch available to registered developer accounts. While the main aim of all the betas is enhanced performance, improved security, and fixing bugs from earlier releases, each one has some new albeit minor features that users will uncover when the final versions are released.
This is only in the new beta release of iOS 9.3, which means that it is not on your iPhone, unless you went to a little trouble to get it. However, it's going to be on your iPhone shortly, and we are covering the beta of this one feature of the not-so-small point update from iOS 9.2 to 9.3 because we can't wait. Night Shift is good for you -- and like many things that are good for you, you're going to hate it.
Following Monday's release of first betas for OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 to developers (along with updated betas for watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2), versions are now available for pre-registered public beta testers. In addition, Apple has taken the rare step of updating its beta for iOS 9.3 to "version 1.1" -- an emergency fix that plugged a few critical bugs, chiefly regarding an installation issue with the original beta -- the new updated build number is build 13E5181f. While both releases focus on the usual bug fixes and enhancements, iOS 9.3 introduces some additional new features.
On Monday, Apple unleashed a slew of new first betas for forthcoming updates to OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and tvOS. Even as some of the programs have ongoing betas being tested, the company has granted registered developers access to OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 even as 10.11.3 is still in beta testing, and iOS 9.3 even as testers continue working with the upcoming iOS 9.2.1. In addition, the first beta of watchOS 2.2 is out, as well as a first beta of tvOS 9.2 (it is normal for tvOS betas to be one update behind the current iOS in numbering).
On Monday, Apple updated its iOS beta program for the first time since before the holidays, with a new build of iOS 9.2.1, coming three weeks after the last one and with the build number only updated three times, suggesting that either development work slowed during the Christmas season or possibly hinting that changes are extremely minor, meaning that a public release is likely to come soon. The new build, 13D14, is just three increments higher than the previous build in mid-December.
A day "late" compared to last week's beta, Apple has launched a fourth developer and public beta of iOS 9.2. The new beta does not come with release notes indicating any new significant changes, but small incremental improvements have been implemented in previous betas of 9.2, including a change to the Safari View Controller for third-party apps, user interface tweaks to Apple Music, and other small changes.
As expected, Apple has now made the third beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 available for registered public beta testers. The release follows the developer version issued on Tuesday, and offers the same build number and minor bug fixes and performance improvements found there. Testers have been asked to focus on Wi-Fi, USB, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Photos, USB, graphics, networking, and Spotlight. The download is now available through Software Update in the Mac App Store.
Following last week's beta updates, Apple has seeded new betas today for developers for iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2. The iOS and OS X betas are the third in a weekly series, and will almost certainly be matched with public tester versions within the next day. In addition, a second beta of tvOS 9.1 has been released, bringing Siri control to Apple Music. Apple on Monday also updated its multi-OS development tool Xcode to version 7.1.1, fixing some "critical" bugs found in the user interface testing, debugging, and Interface Builder components.
Following the developer release of second betas for OS X 10.11.2 and iOS 9.2, Apple on Wednesday (for iOS) and Thursday (for OS X) made public versions with the same build numbers available to pre-registered testers. Both releases are now available to registered accounts through either the App Store or the Mac App Store. The OS X beta, build 15C31f, does not mark any changes but continues to ask developers to focus on several key areas. The iOS 9.2 beta, however, introduces the ability to test AT&T's forthcoming NumberSync technology.
On Tuesday, Apple released new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2 and iOS 9.2 (both the second betas to be released), as well as a first beta of tvOS, which is presumably numbered v9.1. The new iOS beta comes two weeks after the initial public release of iOS 9.1, and one week after the first beta. The OS X beta, build 15C31f does not mark any changes but continues to ask developers to focus on several key areas. The tvOS beta will require developers to have a new Apple TV as well as USB-C to USB-A adapter in order to install it from a Mac -- the Apple TV itself has no downloading capability for beta releases.