Release candidate shows iOS 15.3 will be just bug fixes

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Bug fixes aren't exciting, but they're necessary.
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Apple seeded the iOS 15.3 release candidate to developers on Thursday, along with the iPadOS equivalent. Surprisingly, the updates appear to include nothing but bug fixes and security updates. There are no new features. Still, I t’s possible these will take care of a headline-making WebKit bug that leaks user information.

Release candidates for macOS Monterey 12.2, watchOS 8.4 and tvOS 15.3 are also out on Thursday.

First iOS 15.3 beta is all bug fixes [Updated]

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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.

Get gorgeous new Aerials screen savers in tvOS 15.2

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Get gorgeous new screen savers in tvOS 15.2
New Screen Savers are a highlight of tvOS 15.2.
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The latest Apple TV update adds new Aerials screen savers that will mesmerize you with rugged scenery. tvOS 15.2 also includes a fresh user interface for Memories in the Photos app, support for the new Apple Music Voice Plan and other cool new features.

If you’re using Apple’s streaming device, you don’t want to miss this update.

Play this surprisingly smooth Super Mario 64 port for iOS and Apple TV

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One of the best Mario games, not on Apple TV ... but for how long?
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Nintendo classic Super Mario 64 is now playable on iOS and Apple TV thanks to a very unofficial port. A video shows the game — which is packed with a bunch of cheats — running pretty flawlessly at a smooth 60 frames per second.

You can download the game and try it out for yourself. However, getting it up and running requires Xcode and some trickery. If interested, you might want to jump on it soon before Nintendo wipes it off the planet.

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The updates will keep on comin'.
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tvOS 15.1.1 squashes bugs in Apple TV

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There’s a bug fix update for your Apple TV.
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Apple TV users can install the tvOS 15.1.1 update for the media streamer. It was introduced for all to download on Monday.

Virtually nothing is known about it now, however. But it’s almost certainly a simple “bug fix.”

iOS 15.1 with SharePlay moves a big step toward release

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iOS 15.1 could be only a week away.
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Apple seeded Release Candidates for iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 to developers on Monday, adding the long-awaited SharePlay feature. The release candidates for watchOS 8.1 and tvOS 15.1 were also seeded. This means the beta testing process for all of these is almost over.

In addition, developers also got access to the macOS Monterey Release Candidate. Apple promised to introduce the final version to Mac users on October 25.

iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 take giant step toward release [Updated]

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iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 take giant step toward release
The OS upgrades for almost every Apple device are nearly ready. But an important one is missing.
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The moment we’ve been waiting for since June is almost here. Apple seeded Release Candidates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15 to developers on Tuesday. This means the beta testing process is almost over.

The final versions will reach users in under a week. Apple promised the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch updates will launch on Monday, September 20. And the Apple TV one could be out the same day.

HBO Max plans to fix broken Apple TV app ‘within days’

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A major overhaul is also on the way.
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HBO Max plans to fix its buggy Apple TV app “within days,” while other platforms will see big fixes before the end of the year.

Users have been plagued by issues that affect playback control, subtitles, and general usability. Executives insist they aren’t blind to the problems, and a major overhaul for all platforms is on the way.

Apple TV, HomePod combo on the way to combat weak living room strategy

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But we'll have to wait a while for it.
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Apple TV engineers say “there isn’t much optimism” over the company’s weak living room hardware strategy, but there plans to change it with new devices, according to a new report from one reliable reporter.

Cupertino is still planning a combined Apple TV, HomePod and FaceTime camera — but it is not expected to appear until “around 2023.”