Apple seeds new betas for iOS, macOS and watchOS


iOS 10.3 is full of new features.
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Developers received two new beta builds from Apple today for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and macOS 10.12.4, just one week after the last versions were released.

The new builds for iOS 10.3 beta 4 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 4 can be downloaded by registered developers directly from the Apple’s dev portal. iOS 10.3 beta 4 can be installed directly to your iPad or iPhone if you have the previous build on your device.

Release notes for the new beta builds don’t mention any major new features or UI changes. Apple’s engineers likely focused solely on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements to get the new software ready for release in the near future.

iOS 10.3 brings a number of changes to devices, including a new Find My AirPods feature. Apple’s more-secure file system, iCloud calls for Verizon, a Podcasts widget and CarPlay tweaks were added in previous beta builds. There’s also a secret one-handed keyboard hidden in iOS 10.3, but users can’t access it yet.

New features in macOS 10.12.4 includes Night Shift mode that came to iOS devices last year. Apple also added cricket scores for Siri, Shanghainese dictation support, improved PDFKit APIs, and more. WatchOS 3.2 adds new goodies like Theater Mode, which keeps your wrist from lighting up a movie theater with notifications.