Apple rolls out sixth betas for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and more


iPhone 7 iOS 11
A redesigned Control Center is one of many changes to look forward to in iOS 11.
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Apple’s sixth betas for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4 are now available to download for registered developers.

This rollout comes just one week after Apple seeded its fifth beta releases, which indicates the company is close to finalizing these updates for their public debut this fall.

Earlier beta releases for these upgrades were more sporadic, appearing at least two weeks apart. But now they’ve been in testing for two months, Apple appears to be done with making big changes, and is no focused on fixing bugs for the public rollout.

There are some noticeable adjustments, however.

In iOS 11, Apple has redesigned the App Store icon, fixed the Reminders icon, made the numbers slightly bolder on the Clock icon, and updated the Maps icon to show the location of Apple Park. Sadly, it hasn’t made any changes to the iTunes icon.

iOS 11 beta 6 also includes a new splash screen for Photos and some minor AirPods improvements. Apple has also inexplicably removed the six animated fish wallpapers that debuted with iPhone 6s, leaving just three default live wallpapers to choose from.

macOS High Sierra beta 6 also includes the new App Store and Maps icons, but there are no immediately noticeable changes in tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. In its release notes, Apple simply promises bug fixes and performance improvements.

You can download all these updates over-the-air now if you’re registered developer running an earlier beta release. Apple is likely to rollout new public betas later this week.


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