iOS 12.3 beta 2 enhances Apple TV app

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The Apple TV app gets a raft of new features in iOS 12.3.
The Apple TV app gets a raft of new features in iOS 12.3.
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Both the general public and developers can now download the second beta of iOS 12.3. When the final version is available, it will bring significant improvements to the Apple TV app. The latest beta continues to add features.

A second public beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.5 also just debuted. This is a bug-fix release.

Everyone can already get today’s iOS 12.1 developer beta

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The major change in iOS 12.1 is a feature that should have been in iOS 12: Group FaceTime.
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Apple seeded the third beta of iOS 12.1 to developers this afternoon. In what’s possibly a new speed record, that version is already available to the general public. 

The major change coming in the final version is support for Group FaceTime, but there’re other enhancements too. 

Annoying iOS 12 update notification makes its musical debut

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For about 18 hours, iOS 12 beta testers were incessantly prompted to update to a new version of Apple’s upcoming software . Unfortunately, most found that no such update existed. The prompts, which appeared at every unlock of a users device sparked frustration, but also became fodder for musician and jingle creator Jonathan Mann.

Siri Shortcuts app is now ready for testing

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iOS developers can now play with a beta version of Siri Shortcuts.
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Apple said Siri would be smarter with iOS 12. The digital assistant will also multitask with the help of a native app.

A single command will kick Siri into high gear through an app called Siri Shortcuts, now available in a beta version to developers through the TestFlight platform.

iOS 11.4.1 and macOS 10.13.6 are nearly ready for release

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There are fresh beta versions of iOS and macOS. But they probably aren't the ones you're waiting for.
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The wait is nearing the end for the next iPhone and Mac operating systems. However, these aren’t the big upgrades announced last month. Instead, iOS 11.4.1 and macOS 10.13.6 will fix bugs in the current versions.

Apple just released the fifth beta version of each of these. The full release can’t be far behind.

Apple seeds new betas for iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS

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These are the apps that made it onto Ste's iPhone.
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Apple is busting out a big batch of beta updates for developers today, bringing a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements to every single one of its platforms.

Developers can now download the second beta builds for iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1 directly from Apple’s developer center, adding new fixes to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TV and Apple Watch.

Apple drops first new beta updates of 2017

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iOS 10 is awesome — but is it enough?
A new iOS 10 beta is here.
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The first big batch of beta updates of 2017 have finally arrived from Apple, bringing developers a slew of bug fixes and performance improvements on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

Apple’s betas come nearly three weeks after the last batch of updates. The new software updates includes the third betas for iOS 10.2.1, macOS 10.12.3, tvOS 10.1.1 and watchOS 3.1.3.

macOS Sierra gets new beta for devs and public testers

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macOS Sierra is here!
macOS Sierra is here!
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Apple developers continue to hammer out bugs in macOS Sierra at an incredible pace with yet new beta build of the upcoming software for Macs.

Developers and public beta testers can now download macOS Sierra beta 8, just one week after Apple released the previous beta build of the new software that brings new features like Siri for Mac, auto-unlock with Apple Watch, Apple Pay, improved iCloud integration and much more.

New betas are out for iOS, OS X and tvOS

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Now the public can try out the new betas, too.
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iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are getting all the attention after their grand unveiling at WWDC, but Apple continues to fine-tune its current software before unleashing the next-gen goodies later this fall.

Apple dropped four new beta updates on developers today, bringing a huge batch of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements to iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and tvOS.