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iOS 15.6, macOS 12.5 take penultimate step toward release

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iOS 15.6, macOS 12.5 take penultimate step toward release
Devs got the iPadOS 15.6 release candidate along with iOS 15.6 RC and macOS 12.5 RC on Tuesday.
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Remember iOS 15.6 and macOS Monterey 12.5? While these have been overshadowed by iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple hasn’t forgotten about them. They are nearing the end of beta testing, with release candidates going out to developers on Tuesday.

That means iOS 15.6 and macOS Monterey 12.5 are likely to debut July 19 or before. They’ll be joined by iPadOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7 and tvOS 15.6.

Release candidates are out for iOS 15.6, macOS 12.5, iPadOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7 and tvOS 15.6

Release candidates are what Apple used to call golden masters, and give beta testers an opportunity to test the final version of operating systems before they’re introduced to average users.

Apple started testing these new versions in May, and they’ve run through multiple beta rounds since then. But that doesn’t mean they’re chock full of new features. Instead, these are primarily bug fixes.

The new features are reserved for iOS 16, macOS Ventura, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9 or tvOS 16, which are also in beta testing.

Get these Apple release candidates now

Developers can install macOS Monterey 12.5 RC, iOS 15.6 RC, iPadOS 15.6 RC, watchOS 8.7 RC and tvOS 15.6 RC now. They are available to registered and paying members of the Apple Developer Program.

Once testing of the release candidates is complete to Apple’s satisfaction, it’ll make the full versions available to all.