Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, just over one month after releasing the second OS X El Capitan update, OS X 10.11.2. OS X 10.11.3 is also in testing and has been provided to developers and public beta testers.
The new OS X 10.11.4 beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.
It is not known what improvements the fourth update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but like prior updates, it’s likely to focus on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address issues have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.2 and were not able to be included in the OS X 10.11.3 beta.
We’ll update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.
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Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers
Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after first releasing the beta to developers and roughly a week and a half before OS X El Capitan will be released to the public on September 30.
The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is also in testing.
Beyond new emoji, there have been no other outward-facing changes discovered, suggesting OS X 10.11.1 is a minor update that will bring bug fixes and performance enhancements. According to Apple’s release notes, the beta offers stability, compatibility, and security improvements.
Apple Releases First OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Public Beta
Following yesterday’s big media event, Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 9.1 to developers, and now the company has made iOS 9.1 available to public beta testers. iOS 9.1 includes features for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which were designed for the larger-screened tablet.
iOS 9.1 also includes support for Unicode 8, introducing a selection of new emoji like taco, burrito, unicorn face, hot dog, popcorn, turkey, cheese wedge, and more.
Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program appear to be receiving the iOS 9.1 beta as an over-the-air update, so it may be available to testers who were previously running iOS 9 beta 5.
People who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through Apple’s beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.
iOS 9.1 will likely be released to the public alongside the iPad Pro in November.
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Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 9.1
Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public.
The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center.
It is not yet clear what’s new in the 10.10.4 beta, but according to the release notes, the update „improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.“ Earlier OS X Yosemite updates, including OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 brought only minor changes to the operating system in the form of bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4 may serve the same purpose.
OS X 10.10.3, released last week, was the first major update to OS X Yosemite that brought new features, including the Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and new diversified emoji.
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers
Earlier today, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes a revamped Music app, to developers. MacRumors forum user pazimi has found that Apple has also made changes to how it handles audiobooks in the new beta, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.
Audiobooks in iBooks in iOS 8.4 beta.
Currently, in iOS 8.3, a users’ audiobook library is divorced from their ebook library, forcing users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The new update consolidates all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, pazimi points out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they’re listed as „track numbers“.
Finally, Apple has added a new fast forward and fast rewind feature, allowing users to easily scrub through an audiobook chapter. Users simply have to drag the book cover art to the left or right and hold to jump back or move forward further within the audiobook.
Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta [iOS Blog]
Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, just three days after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.
The new beta, build 14C68k, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon.
Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite.
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta to Developers
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update to developers, nearly three weeks after first releasing OS X Yosemite to the public.
The new beta, build 14B17, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and will be available through the Mac Dev Center shortly.
While it is unclear what improvements the first update to OS X Yosemite will bring, there are several bugs in the operating system including a major Wi-Fi issue that has caused connection problems for a number of users.
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Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite Beta to Developers
Apple today seeded the first build of OS X 10.9.4 to developers, approximately two weeks after releasing OS X 10.9.3 to the public. The new beta is available thorugh the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store should be listed soon in the Mac Dev Center.
It is unclear what improvements the 10.9.4 update will bring to Mavericks, but it is likely to include bug fixes and stability enhancements. It is also unclear when the beta might be released to the public.
The last Mavericks update, 10.9.3, added enhanced support for 4K displays and restored the ability to sync contacts and calendars between Mac and iOS devices over USB.
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Apple Seeds First OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Beta to Developers
Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to developers. The release asks testers to focus on Mail, Graphics Drivers and VoiceOver, though there are no known issues with the release.
Earlier this month, Apple released a special update to Mavericks to address issues using Gmail with the Mail.app client built into the OS.
The update is available to registered developers through the OS X Developer Portal.
Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Beta to Developers
After releasing OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 to the public in early June, Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X 10.8.5, Build 12F9, to developers. According to 9to5Mac, Apple has also seeded the 10.8.5 beta to its Retail Team.
Apple also released a developer preview of OS X Mavericks last week, which is expected to be released to the public this fall.
The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and Apple’s Developer Page.
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.8.5 Beta to Developers [Mac Blog]