Apple whips out second iOS and macOS ‘bug fix’ betas this week

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The fourth beta of iOS 12.1.3 doesn’t offer much, but it’s available to everyone.
The fourth beta of iOS 12.1.3 doesn’t offer much, but it’s available to everyone.
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After seeding new beta versions of  iOS and macOS on Monday, there are already replacements.  The team at Apple responsible for updating iPhone, iPad, and Mac clearly  started the year off in high gear. 

This is the forth version of these betas, and the fast pace of new releases may be because they only offer bug fixes.

iOS 12.1.3 beta 4 is available to both developers and anyone who signs up for the free Apple Beta Software Program.

Presently, the fourth beta of macOS 10.14.3 can only be downloaded by developers who’ve paid their $100 annual fee. That could change quickly, though. Apple has recently been making betas available to the public within hours of granting access to developers.

Not much here

As mentioned, none of the previous betas of iOS 12.1.3 or macOS 10.14.3 have included new features. Instead, they just fix a few bugs.

So far there have been no reports of upcoming features in these versions. We may not see significant enhancements until the next major versions are unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this summer.