Apple rolls out new betas for iOS, macOS and watchOS


Picture in Picture macOS Sierra
The fourth beta version of Apple's operating systems for Mac, iPhone and Apple Watch bring bug fixes and more.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Developers and public beta testers can now get their hands on updates for macOS Sierra 10.12.2, iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1.


The fourth beta versions of these updates bring bug fixes and other improvements as Apple fine-tunes its operating systems for Mac, Apple Watch and iOS devices.

What’s new in 10.12.2, iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1? The updates offer new emoji characters and wallpapers (for iPhone 7), as well as rejiggered “shuffle” and “repeat” buttons for the ever-mutating Apple Music app.

The betas are the most recent in a series of sequential versions that traditionally precede an official update. Apple released its first beta version of macOS 10.12.2 at the end of October, and the final version is expected sometime in December.

If you’re a registered Apple developer, or a civilian enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program to help Cupertino crush bugs, you can nab these updates at the Mac App Store or via the Settings app on your iOS devices.


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