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First iOS 15.3 beta is all bug fixes [Updated]

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iOS 15.3 beta 1, iPadOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4 beta 1, tvOS 15.3 beta 1
Apple began beta testing iOS 15.3 and a lot more.
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Apple seeded the initial iOS 15.3 beta to developers later than usual Friday, along with the iPadOS equivalent. And on Monday, Apple added iOS 15.3 beta 1 and iPadOS 15.3 beta 1 to the Apple Beta Software Program. So far, no one has been able to find any new features in them.

watchOS 8.4 beta 1 and tvOS 15.3 beta 1 also went to developers Friday.

iOS 15.3 is coming down the pike

The build numbers for the latest iOS and iPadOS betas end in “g” in a countdown to “a,” so full release aren’t expected for a couple of months. Especially with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays coming up.

But exactly what Apple is testing remains something of a mystery. The release notes for these betas say only, “There are no new release notes for this beta software update.”

Developers haven’t yet turned up any changes, either. iOS 15.3 beta 1 and iPadOS 15.3 beta 1 seemingly contain only bug fixes. Whether Apple will add new features in subsequent betas is anyone’s guess.

More betas

The build number for the just-released watchOS 8.4 beta 1 ends in “f,” while the one for tvOS 15.3 beta 1 ends in “e.” But all four updates of these Apple operating systems are likely to launch simultaneously, perhaps in January (or more likely in February).

A macOS Monterey 12.2 beta 1 with an “f” build number went out Thursday. A public launch of it also isn’t expected until well into 2022, though public beta testing has begun.

Testing 1, 2, 3

As of Monday, iOS 15.3 beta 1, iPadOS 15.3 beta 1 and macOS 12.2 beta 1 are all available for public testing. Accessing them only requires joining the Apple Beta Software Program. Developers have access to all three as well.

Currently, watchOS 8.4 beta 1 and tvOS 15.3 beta 1 are only for developers. But if Apple follows its previous habits, public beta versions will come along soon. In the meantime, getting access to these pre-release editions requires joining the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year.

All this beta testing comes a few days after the public debut of iOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.2 and watchOS 8.3, along with tvOS 15.2 and macOS 12.1.