Apple drops first new beta updates of 2017

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iOS 10 is awesome — but is it enough?
A new iOS 10 beta is here.
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The first big batch of beta updates of 2017 have finally arrived from Apple, bringing developers a slew of bug fixes and performance improvements on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

Apple’s betas come nearly three weeks after the last batch of updates. The new software updates includes the third betas for iOS 10.2.1, macOS 10.12.3, tvOS 10.1.1 and watchOS 3.1.3.

Registered developers can download the beta updates directly from Apple’s Developer Center portal. You can install iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 via an over-the-air update if you have the proper installation profile on your iPhone. Apple TV owners can also install tvOS 10.1.1 wirelessly by following our guide.

What’s inside?

Previous beta builds of the software updates didn’t contain any major changes. Most of the changes are backside changes instead of UI tweaks or new feature additions.

All of the updates focus mostly on bug fixes. The new updates come after Apple released its last big updates of 2016 with iOS 10.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 that brought some big new features to iPhone, iPad and Mac.

The last releases for iOS and macOS added over 100 new emoji, plus a new TV app that makes it easier to keep track of all your favorite shows. There were also some improvements made to the Messages app, new wallpapers for iPhone 7 owners and a few other tidbits.

We’ll let you know if we find anything interesting in the new betas once we update every single device we own.