Apple may have taken the opportunity to publicly release updates for its major platforms after the recent “Let us loop you in” event, but it seems the company is back hard at work on the progression of its software platforms. After the release of iOS 9.3.2 beta 1 for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, Apple has now released beta 1 seeds of OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, watchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch and tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV to continue the progress of each platform.
OS X 10.11.5 Beta 1
The initial pre-release seed of the fifth update to OS X 10.11 follows hot on the heels of OS X 10.11.4, which made an official public outing after Apple’s recent Spring 2016 event. Initial investigation into this latest OS X firmware release suggests that Apple hasn’t changed a great deal – if anything – that could be considered user-facing. It’s very likely that this update includes a number of performance improvements behind the scenes that have been designed to improve the overall experience across the company’s range of Mac computers.
Developers running a pre-release version of OS X can update via the Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Alternatively, the firmware file can be obtained through Apple Developer site.
watchOS 2.2.1 Beta 1
As you might expect from an initial beta that follows hot on the heels of a fairly prominent watchOS 2.2 update, the first pre-release seed of watchOS 2.2.1 doesn’t instantly throw up any user-facing changes. The accompanying Apple data informs everyone downloading the update that it contains bug fixes and the obligatory performance improvements that are designed to promote an overall positive user-experience to those interacting with the Apple Watch. It’s very likely that the included changes are there to fix additional issues found in watchOS 2.2. As always, we will update as more information becomes available.
Anyone with a device registered for Apple’s developer firmware updates on this particular platform can grab the latest update via the Apple Watch app on the connected iPhone through the Software Update mechanism.
tvOS 9.2.1 Beta 1
The popularity of the fourth-generation Apple TV means that owners will be enthusiastically looking forward to seeing what Apple do with the underlying tvOS platform going forward. This latest pre-release seed is a definite continuation of that firmware, but it seems as though there is noting really exciting to write home about. Like most updates that follow on from a fairly significant release, tvOS 9.2 in this case, the first beta of tvOS 9.2.1 contains nothing more than the standard bug fixes and performance improvements that are left-over from the version of tvOS that was introduced to the public on the back of the recent “Let us loop you in event”.
Installation of this initial tvOS 9.2.1 beta will require having the Apple TV 4 connected to a computer via a USB-C cable, and installing the firmware file directly from iTunes or Apple Configurator.
Update x1: OS X 10.11.5 beta 1 is now available to public beta testers.
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