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Apple busts out new betas for iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra and watchOS


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iOS 10.2 brings new goodies to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
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Developers received a fresh new batch of beta updates this morning. Apple seeded the sixth build of iOS 10.2, just a few days after the last beta build was released.

Other beta builds include updates for macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and watchOS 3.1.1 that bring a number of bug fixes.

[contextly_auto_sidebar] Apple’s release notes for iOS 10.2 beta 6 don’t mention any significant changes. New features were added in previous builds, but it’s likely that Apple is working on fixing the last of the bugs before the public launch.

To download the new beta, developers can install it to their iPhone or iPad via an over-the-air update, as long as the proper installation profile is already installed. Downloading watchOS 3.1.1 beta 5 requires an iPhone that’s already running the latest iOS 10.2 beta.

What’s new in iOS 10.2

When it launches to the public, iOS 10.2 will bring three new wallpapers to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. It also contains dozens of new emoji such as a shrug, shark, and avocado. There are also two new effects for Messages.

The update also brings Apple’s new TV app to iPhone and iPad. Apple is replacing the Videos app with the TV app in an attempt to unify the content you subscribe to. Apple hasn’t given a public release date of iOS 10.2, but it must be drawing close. The company revealed at its MacBook Pro event in October that the TV app will launch as part of iOS 10.2 in December.


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