Apple starts new round of iOS, macOS, tvOS ‘bug fix’ betas


There are new iOS 12 beta versions for developers and the public, as the same is true for macOS Mojave.
New betas of OS upgrades for all these Apple computers were just seeded to developers.
Photo: Apple

Every type of Apple computer got an operating system upgrade yesterday, but the company’s coding team apparently never rests. New betas for phones, tablets, Macs, and TVs were just seeded to third-party software developers.

There’s no new beta for Apple Watch because its OS update yesterday had to be pulled.

The versions released today are macOS 10.14.2, iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1 beta 1. There is no word yet on what is included in any these. However, the version numbers are a strong hint that they will be minor, “bug fix” updates. Also, Apple hasn’t announced any upcoming features for these operating systems that weren’t included in yesterday’s versions.

And then there’s Apple Watch

Tuesday’s release of watchOS 5.1 had to be withdrawn after reports surfaced that it was bricking some Apple Watch Series 4 units. Naturally, that means it’s a little too soon to be thinking about the next version.

Which is unfortunate, because Apple promised to release an ECG application for the latest version of its smartwatch. So far there has been no sign of the ECG app. Apple supposedly will release it before the end of the year.

New iOS, macOS, tvOS betas only for the fortunate few

Currently, the first beta versions of 10.14.2, iOS 12.1.1 and tvOS 12.1.1 are only available to those who have enrolled in the Apple Developer Program and paid their $99 annual fee.

That said, a public version of these betas will almost certainly be made available soon.


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