It looks like Apple is testing out two versions of OS X El Capitan at the same time.
The second beta for the OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 was released last week, and until now, it is still available to developers and public beta testers. On Monday, January 11, the Cupertino-based tech giant seeded another El Capitan OS software in the testing stage, alongside a number of other Apple firmware.
Members of Apple Developer Center can now opt to install the first beta of OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan. According to iClarified, this newest version for the Mac OS, rolled out earlier this week, comes with build number 15e27e.
Moreover, the OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 first beta update provides better “stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.” Those who wish to install the newest El Capitan test firmware can download OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility.
It is also recommended that Apple developers visit the official page of the iPhone maker’s Developer Center if they are interested in trying out and installing either the OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 or the 10.11.4 version. Meanwhile, those who have already installed first test version of OS X 10.11.3 can download the second test version through the Software Update Mechanism available in the Mac App Store, MacRumors shared.
In addition to the first beta of El Capitan OS X 10.11.4, Apple also seeded out the initial test version for the upcoming iteration of its mobile operating system, the iOS 9.3. The latest iOS beta, which has a build number 13E518d, makes it possible for iPhone users to pair their device with several Apple Watches. TechnoBuffalo shared other features included in the beta 1 of iOS 9.3.
“The update also includes support for Hebrew in Siri, Apple Configurator 2.2 beta and Xcode 7.3 beta. iOS 9.3 beta 1 also adds support for multiple users on iPads, which Apple says will be particularly useful for students on its Education page.”
Similar to the situation of the EL Capitan OS, the mobile software for iPhone and iPad also has two test versions currently available. Aside from iOS 9.3 beta 1, the iOS 9.2.1 is also in testing mode. This means that iOS mobile device owners will have to pick which beta version they want to try out.
Along with first test firmware for El Capitan 10.11.4 and the first beta for iOS 9.3, Apple also rolled out tvOS 9.2 firmware and watchOS 2.2 on Monday. The tvOS 9.2, which has build number 13Y5179e, offers support for Bluetooth Keyboards and application folders. It also brings in a new switcher and a wider range of dialects for Siri.
Meanwhile, the watchOS 2.2, which can be easily identified through its build number 13V5098e, can now support pairing of multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone if iOS 9.3 is also installed on the smartphone.
Apple Insider shared a possible reason why El Capitan’s new beta release, as well as the other major software platforms rolled out by the iPhone maker, could be remarkable.
“Monday’s updates are noteworthy in that they are point-one version updates, suggesting they could pack in more new features, rather than just bug fixes and security updates.”
Officially, the current Mac software available to the public is the OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. It has been accessible since its release more than a month ago. According to official Apple’s support page, the OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update brings in improvements to the reliability of Wi-Fi, Handoff, and Airdrop features.
Also, this El Capitan update provides fixes when Bluetooth devices get disconnected. It also solves “an issue that prevented Mail from deleting messages in an offline Exchange account,” the support page further noted. iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos also gets an improvement.
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