Apple Planned To Launch iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4 Betas This Week But Didn’t
Apple dropped a surprise macOS 12.2 beta yesterday and now it appears that it also intended to release the first betas of other software updates, too. For whatever reason it appears that didn’t happen, leaving Apple in some sort of no man’s land.
According to a MacRumors report, iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4, and tvOS 15.3 were planned to get their first beta releases alongside macOS 12.2 yesterday, but that didn’t happen after a change “at the last moment.”
Interestingly, the remnants of the plan remain on Apple’s developer website.
The download links for the unreleased iOS 15.3 beta came straight from the source code for Apple’s developer downloads page. The initial betas of iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4, and tvOS 15.3 were apparently supposed to be released to developers yesterday alongside macOS 12.2, but were pulled back at the last moment. Rather than removing them from the page, however, Apple simply commented the entries out in the HTML so that they didn’t show up on the page.
What this means isn’t immediately obvious, but it seems Apple decided not to release the betas for some reason. MacRumors was able to download iOS 15.3 however, with the report noting that it includes minor changes and appears to be aimed at bug fixes rather than adding new features.
Apple might still release these betas next week, although Christmas week doesn’t seem like the best week to be doing that.