New betas nudge iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra closer to launch

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Developers received a big batch of beta updates from Apple today, bringing iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra one step closer to public launch ahead of Apple’s huge keynote next month.

The seventh beta builds for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 were all seeded to developers. While previous betas have added a host of changes, the new builds focus mostly on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements which could mean Apple’s nearly done fine-tuning the new software updates.

Registered developers can grab the new betas directly from Apple’s developer portal. You can also install them via over-the-air updates if you have the previous builds of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra installed on your devices.

Apple said it plans to release the new updates to the public this fall. Usually, the company publicly launches new iOS updates a week or two before the release of a new iPhone, so this could be one of the last beta updates we see.

It looks like Apple is done with the big UI changes and feature updates in the betas. Instead, the company is focusing on fine-tuning the builds so they’re running nearly flawless this fall.

With the end of the beta testing phase quickly approaching, developers should receive the gold master version any week now.