You won’t believe how many people are using Apple beta software

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Have you upgraded early to iOS 12?
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Apple warns us that its beta releases should not be installed on our primary devices. Until just a few years ago, it only allowed registered developers to download them. But that doesn’t stop keen Apple fans from updating early to get their hands on its latest features.

You won’t believe how many people are already running the next versions of macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS months before their public debut.

Apple’s Craig Federighi explains how iOS apps will work on macOS

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Some of Apple's iOS apps will be available inside macOS Mojave.
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Apple confirmed during its big WWDC keynote on Monday that iOS apps are coming to macOS.

The company has spent two years developing the frameworks required to make the ports possible. Several of its own iPhone and iPad apps, including Apple News and Voice Memos, will be available inside macOS Mojave this fall.

In a new interview, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, reveals more about how iOS apps will work on a Mac. He also promises that they won’t make your Mac feel like a super-sized iPhone.

Apple warns macOS users that it will drop support for 32-bit apps

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A macOS update adds support for Messages in iCloud.
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Apple has begun issuing notifications to macOS users that confirm plans to drop support for 32-bit applications.

“This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” reads the warning users will see when they load a 32-bit app for the first time in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. This is the final version of macOS that will allow 32-bit apps to be opened “without compromise.”

Accessory maker promises iOS 11.3 release this week

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iOS 11.3 with new Animoji could land this week.
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iOS 11.3’s public debut is right around the corner, according to one iPhone accessory maker.

Shure, which manufactures iPhone microphone add-ons, told its followers on Twitter that a fix for its buggy accessories would be available with Apple’s next major update this week.

Apple seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta 2 to developers

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A new High Sierra beta is available now.
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Apple has seeded its second macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta to registered developers.

The release comes just one week after developers got their hands on the first macOS 10.13.3 beta. There are no significant user-facing changes in this update; it is mostly focusing on ironing out bugs and issues with High Sierra.

Apple drops big batch of new beta updates

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iOS 11.2 brings Apple TV support to Control Center.
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Developers received a bunch of new beta software updates from Apple today that included the third beta of iOS 11.2 and macOS 10.13.3 beta 3 as well.

The new betas contain a number of bug fixes and performance improvements as Apple prepares to launch Apple Pay cash and other new additions to the public later this year.