Apple finally seeded to developers iOS 16.4 beta 1 and macOS 13.3 beta 1 on Thursday, followed by releasing public beta versions on Friday. The same goes for the initial betas of iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and tvOS 16.4.
The wait for new betas has been much longer than usual. The last round of new prerelease versions was in mid-January.
The new betas bring in a collection of new emoji, an improvement for Apple Pencil, a better way for devs to work with betas, and more changes.
Apple finally begins beta testing iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3
Apple typically begins betas testing the next version of its versions OSs a day after the debut of the previous one. Not this time.
Instead, it made developers and the public wait nearly a month for the first betas of iOS 16.4, macOS 13.3, iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and tvOS 16.4.
The coming updates will add support for Unicode 15.0 Emoji to many Apple devices. Those include a new way to express love, a shaking face, a donkey, a jellyfish and a flute.
And Apple is adding a new way to deal with betas. According to the release notes, “Beginning with iOS & iPadOS 16.4 beta, members of the Apple Developer Program will see a new option to enable developer betas directly from Software Update in Settings.”
Plus, Apple Pencil hover provides Tilt and Azimuth support. This feature is only available for the latest iPad Pro, though.
Cult of Mac compiled a full list of changes in iOS 16.4 beta 1 describing additional new features.
Initial betas of iOS 16.4, etc. are now available for all
On Thursday, these betas were only for those who pay an annual fee to be in Apple’s developer program. But that changed on Friday. Now anyone who signs up to be in the Apple Beta Software Program can download any or all of them and start testing iOS 16.4, macOS 13.3, iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and/or tvOS 16.4.