Apple is certainly feeling generous with its software updates very recently. Indeed, the tech giant has decided to roll out the third beta for the next major version of its iOS, macOS, watchOS, and even tvOS operating systems. Obviously, getting them all will require a load of megabytes, but know that the third developer betas come with fixes for bugs as well as tweaks on new functionalities. If anything else, this should serve as a good warm up for the real thing, which is expected to launch later in the autumn season.
For those who are in the midst of testing iOS or macOS via the public beta program, they will not be getting any recent updates. This is because Apple likes to deploy its updates in stages. The developer servers will be the first to get the most recent versions, which means that those who have availed of the $99 annual subscription developer account will be able to start testing the updates out. Barring any major issue, the public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are expected to get updates in a matter of days.
It bears noting though that refraining these beta versions on one’s primary iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV would be a wise decision. There are bound to be issues with beta versions and testing users might find it difficult to restore their devices to their previous conditions. Before deciding to update, it might be better to ensure that one’s iCloud backup is up to date. One can do this by heading to the Settings app on the iPhone or iPad, or plug one’s iOS powered handset to a computer in order to back up manually in iTunes. On Mac, using Time Machine is advisable.
So what can users expect with the latest updates on iOS 10? Well, for starters, they can get an enhanced Siri, a new Messages mobile app, and loads of new minor tweaks. As for macOS Sierra, Siri once again hugs the limelight. Users will now be able to talk to their Mac by way of Siri. Other updates include new enhancements for the Photos mobile app, as well as a new picture in picture mode for videos on the Safari web browser. For those who own wearable devices, know that watchOS 3 will be a major update, and will come with an overhauled user interface. When pressing the side button, users will no longer see the Friends screen. Instead, they can now quickly switch between multiple mobile apps and watch faces. Speaking of apps, they open much faster now. Lastly, tvOS 10 will deliver a dark mode, which is a new single sign on option for all Apple TV content apps. Plus, the Apple TV can serve as a HomeKit hub now.
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