Apple forges ahead with testing iOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5

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Apple moves ahead with testing iOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5
Testing is on for iOS 14.7 beta 1, along with upcoming versions of macOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS.
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Apple hasn’t yet given regular users access to the most recent iPhone and Mac updates but is already testing their replacements. The first betas of iOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5 were seeded to developers on Wednesday.

The same goes for iPadOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6 and tvOS 14.7.

So many betas

Developers got access to the release candidates for iOS 14.6 and macOS 11.4 on Monday. And they haven’t yet had a public debut. Nevertheless, devs can jump ahead to testing the followup.

And Apple seems equally confident about the release candidates for iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5 and tvOS 14.6 that devs were also given access to on Monday. It’s already moved its attention to their successors, too.

With the debut of these betas so recent, its not clear what new features are in any of these updates. Apple’s release notes for new betas when they’re given to developers rarely spell these out.

It’s been a whirlwind of new betas lately. iOS 14.5 hasn’t been out a month and Apple is starting work on the version that will replace that version. The same is true for the most of the company’s other operating systems.

Not everyone can try iOS 14.7, macOS 11.5, etc. yet

Access to the initial betas of iOS 14.7, macOS 11.5, iPadOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6 and tvOS 14.7 are currently restricted to developers. And those have to be in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year.

That said, anyone in the free Apple Beta Software Program is likely to get access to these version very soon, however.