First iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 betas arrive for developers

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New beta software for iPhone is here.
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Developers received a big batch of beta software updates from Apple today.

New betas for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS are now available, bringing a host of bug fixes and performance updates just one week after Apple released iOS 10.1 with support for Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.


The first beta builds of iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 can all be downloaded directly from the Apple developer center. You can install iOS 10.2 via an over-the-air update after installing the correct installation profile.

New iOS features

Release notes for iOS 10.2 beta 1 don’t mention any major changes or feature additions. Because it’s a .X release though, it’s likely that some UI tweaks and other changes have likely been added. Developers on Twitter who have already installed the update report there are three new wallpaper and some new emoji.

The new iOS 10.2 beta might also make improvements to Portrait Mode which is still considered a “beta” feature, even though it was added to millions of iPhone 7 Plus devices earlier this month.

tvOS 10.1 could include the new TV app that Apple demoed during its keynote last week. The new app aims to unify users TV viewing experience by putting all your streaming content from other services in one place. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t work with Netflix of Amazon prime video.

Apple didn’t give any clues on what new goodies are inside macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or watchOS 3.1.1, but we’ll find out once we have the new updates installed on our devices.